Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lago Iseo, Predore to Tavernola Bergamasca Hike

Left: Summary of the hike from Predore to Tavernola Bergamasca created with Google Earth. Right: View from Punta Alta of Christo’s Floating Piers under construction.
Summary of the hike from Predore to Tavernola Bergamasca created with Google EarthView from Punta Alta of Christo’s Floating Piers under construction

Hike Notes


Length: ~ 8km
Duration: 9:40 to 12:40, 3 hours
Elevation: high point 953 m (3,126 ft), Punta Alta, total elevation gain 783 m (2,570 ft)
Location: Lago Iseo, Predore to Tavernola Bergamasca

Overview


To get to Predore we took a bus from Bergamo station. Our advice is to go to http://www.bergamotrasporti.it/ and put your departure and arrival points and times and get schedules for planning. But, always go a little early and buy tickets at the station and ask where to catch the bus. There are many places to buy tickets, but we typically use this ticket office near the station.

In Predore, we grabbed a coffee and a brioche to wake us up and then started hiking around 9:40 am. We arrived at Tavernola around 12:40. After a quick freshen-up at the local public water fountain, we headed to Trattoria Il Porticciolo for lunch. Just as the clouds started to move in threatening rain, we took the 15:05 bus back to Bergamo.

The trail options you have for this route can be found on the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) Bergamo site. They have a geoportale site (select “Mappe”) that makes planning very easy. An example map is shown below.

The trail starts in Predore behind the municipio and just climbs and climbs and climbs. Today as we are walking it’s decorated in white and blue ribbons everywhere. Possibly decorations for recent confirmations in the church?

Soon enough we pass out of the ribbons and climb the steps up to the Santuario Madonna della Neve in San Gregorio - Parrocchia di Predore. After a bit more of road (more like a very steep lane), we come to some trail markings and take trail 734 to Punta Alta. At Punta Alta, we meant to go east to catch trail 731 and instead ended up going north to trail 730 into Tavernola. All roads lead to Tavernola eventually.

At Punta Alta, there is good view of Christo's Floating Piers, which is scheduled to open on the 18th of this month. At this time, it’s still white and don’t have its final coating of yellow.

Left: A brioche and coffee to start the hike. Right: At the top of Predore you’ll see this sign where you go right.
A brioche and coffee to start the hikeAt the top of Predore you’ll see this sign where you go right.

Left: Example of the type of maps you can get and print out from the CAI Bergamo site. Right: Looking back down the trail at Predore and Lago Iseo.Example of the type of maps you can get and print out from the CAI Bergamo siteLooking back down the trail at Predore and Lago Iseo

Left: View of Christo’s Floating Piers from Punta Alta looking east toward Monte Isola. Right: Another view of the Floating Piers from a roccolo (always fund to find).


Left: One more view of the Floating Piers (because it’s just so cool). Right: Just above Tavernola Bergamasca – the trail becomes a small country lane.Okay one more view of the Floating Piers because it’s just so coolJust above Tavernola Bergamasca – the trail becomes a small country lane

Left: Example of a trail marker indicating a turn right. Right: View north east toward Tavernola Bergamasca along Lago Iseo.
Example of a trail marker indicating a turn rightiew north east toward Tavernola Bergamasca along Lago Iseo

View of upper part of Tavernola Bergamasca.
View of upper part of Tavernola Bergamasca

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