This appeared to be very much a 'locals cafe/bar' with groups of friends and families mainly seated outside, enjoying the March sunshine. I should imagine that it is used as a community centre too.
As Gillybob and myself had 30 minutes to wait for the tram to Bergamo, we decided to spend this time here.
We sat in the small bar. Gilly enjoyed a draught beer, while I opted for a coffee, which was very good. A TV was playing over the bar, there were piles of magazines - mainly motorbikes, and a slot machine. Ice cream and snacks for sale.
Spotting the toilet sign (pic 3) I was a bit doubtful about using the facillities!
Well curiosity, and my bladder got the better of me ......
The one female toilet was completely private! However, There was no lock on the door (it was iscarded on the side of the wash basin, while the toilet seat was ..... on the window sill!!
Favorite Dish: My coffee was good - smooth and good flavour. Gilly enjoyed her pilsner style draught beer
If you opt to make Ranica one of your stops on the return journey, then C@fe Totem is an option for a final rest to enjoy a beer (or two).
The cafe is situated in a small park which sits alongside the T1 tram stop (the T1 tram runs from Bergamo through to Albino).
Favorite Dish: I only had a beer, but they do offer some snacks.
This cafe is in easy sight of the tram stop - and the sign which tells you how many minutes it will be until the next tram arrives for the journey to Bergamo.
Taking advantage of our 72 hour ATB Tourist ticket, which includes the TEB tram line from Bergamo to Albino, we stopped off at Ranica after visiting Albino and Pradalunga.Trams run every 30 minutes through the daytime.
The Bergamo card also covers transportation on this line. Individual tickets can be purchased from ticket offices at Bergamo and Albino, or from automated machines at the stations (pic 2). Instructions in English as well as Italian.
Tickets must be validated on boarding at the machines in the carriages. Hefty on the spot fines, for non-validated tickets.
Electronic information boards on the platform inform you of the destination, time of departure, and how many minutes until the next tram will arrive.
This line opened in 2009, so the trams are quite modern, with bright plastic seating.(pic 3)
There are cycle 'racks' in each carriage. Bikes are strapped to upturned seats in these 'designated areas'
Cycles are transported free of charge.(pic 5 shows info re transporting bikes) One bike per person, at Off Peak times.
So, this may require some forward planning, especially if travelling in a group!
No cycles allowed between 06.20 -08.40, 12.30- 14.30 or 17.30 - 19.00
Weekdays and Saturdays - A maximum of 4 bikes may be transported without prior reservations.
On Sundays and Public Holidays, a maximum of 10 bikes is allowed, by reserving a place by telephone - 035 3692351 before 17.00hrs Three days prior to the date of travel.
I'm not sure if there will be anyone who speaks English at the end of the 'phone! (Past experience of purchasing tickets at the Atb point at Porta Nuova in Citta Bassa has been that few of the staff speak English)
La BiGi Bike sharing
The T1 tram runs a route from Bergamo, through it's suburbs and out to the Lower Seriana Valley to its largest village of Albino, with a stop at Ranica.
Tickets for the tram should be purchased prior to boarding and validated once on board. Fares for individual journeys can be found here.
Alternatively, if you have a 24 or 72 hour tourist transport ticket (available from the ATB office at Porta Nuova and from Tabacchi throughout Bergamo), then the T1 tram is included as it is part of the ATB transport system.
At Ranica, within a short walk of the tram stop, you will find the start of a walk/cyclepath that will take you through the Lower Seriana Valley alongside the River Serio and can be followed all the way out to Clusone (if desired).
A dedicated website (only in Italian) gives extensive details about the T1 tram route whilst the link below gives a map and access to the route timetable on a site available in English.
It is possible to transport your bicycle on the T1 tram (with hire available in Bergamo). Your tram ticket allows the transportation of 1 bike per person. On weekdays and Saturdays the number of bicycles is limited to a maximum of 4 bicycles without prior reservation (it is prohibited to transport bicycles during the peak hours of 06:20 to 8:40, 12:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 19:00).
On holidays and Sundays a maximum of 10 bikes with reservations required by calling 035 3692351 before 17:00 on the third day before the trip (e.g. on Thursday if the trip is on Sunday).
Near the tram stop at Ranica, there is C@fe Totem - see separate tip.