Left: Walking route from Fontana del delfino (Bergamo) to Trattoria del Moro (Ponteranica). Right: View of Castello (Ponteranica) from just below Via Maresana.
Length: ~16 km (10 miles)
Duration: ~4 hours walking time, plus 1.5 hours for lunch
Elevation: total gain 540 m (1,770 ft), starting/ending 282 m (925 ft), max 706 m (2,320 ft)
Location: Italy, Lombardia, Bergamo, Colli di Bergamo
Today’s walk was a low-key Saturday urban/country affair. Our goal was to eat at Trattoria del Moro above Ponteranica, so we found an interesting route to take us there and back.
Our starting and ending point were Piazzetta / Fontana del delfino. Part of our walk took us on sentiero 533, which is one of the quickest ways to get onto the “major” trail system tracked by CAI. (For example of another hike that includes this trail, see Bergamo to Canto Alto.) That said, there are countless other trails that are hard to see on the CAI site or Google Maps. We often use the MAPS.ME program which often shows a lot of local trails (black dotted lines – see example photo).
The Food at Trattoria del Moro was typical Bergamasco: good and reasonably priced.
Left: Start of sentiero (trail) 533 on Via Quintino Alto. Center: Sentiero 533 climbs quickly. Right: Sign near La Maresana pointing to Castello (Ponteranica).
Left: Trattoria del Moro - Foiade con ragu di lepre. Right: Trattoria del Moro - Speidino e polenta.
Left: A branch off of sentiero 533 leads to Via Bassani. Right: On the way back through Città Alta we happened into the rarely open Sant'Agostino church.
Left: From above the Porta San Lorenzo, view north toward Maresana and Canto Alto. Right: MAPS.ME screenshot showing the confluence of trails at La Maresana. Dotted lines show different trail options.