Length: 5.5 (9 km).
Duration: About 6.5 hours, with a long stop for lunch.
Elevation: Started at approximately 249 m (817 ft) in Bergamo and hit a high point of 1375 m (4,500 ft) Monte Poieto.
Location: Albino, Valle Seriana, Province of Bergamo
This was a bit of a haphazardly planned day jaunt from Bergamo, but I’m still classifying it as a hike. What’s interesting is the variety of transportation we took: a tram, a funivia (cable car), and a cabinovia (gondola lift). This is what we did:
- From the center of Bergamo, we took the Tramvie Elettriche Bergamasche (TEB) to Albino. The 30-minute tram ride is functional, not really for enjoying the scenery as it goes through mostly industrial areas.
- From the Albino station, you can take a bus to the Albino-Selvino Funivia base station, but we walked there in about 25 minutes. (If you take the bus, it seemed to us that the bus timetables are coordinated with the funivia.) The funivia takes you up to Selvino at 653 m.
- From the Selvino, again, you can wait for a bus, but we walked to bottom of the La Cabinovia per il Monte Poieto. The cabinovia takes you up from Aviatico (1020 m) to Monte Poieto (1375 m).
- After lunch in the restaurant, we walked down path 537 connecting to Monte Poieto to Aviatico. If we hadn’t got such a late start, we would have walked up 537 and followed the loop trail as suggested in the book Escursionismo nelle valli bergamasche (hike #9) to come back to Aviatico.
Left: Hepatica nobilis [Ranunculaceae] – distinctive leaves and purple flowers. Right: Primula vulgaris [Primulaceae] – Primrose.
Left: Fragaria vesca [Rosaceae] - Wild Strawberry. Center: Erica [Ericaceae] - Heather. Right: Crocus [Iridaceae].
Helleborus niger [Ranunculaceae]. Christmas Rose.