Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Walk to Monastero di Astino

Left: A summary of the walk beginning and ending at Piazzetta del Delfino. Right: Window at Monastero di Astino.
A summary of the walk beginning and ending at Piazzetta del DelfinoWindow at Monastero di Astino

Hike Notes


Length: 11.23 miles ~ 18km, 23,000 steps, 110 floors (measured with an iPhone)
Duration: started at 2:30pm, returned around 8:30, stopped for a spritz at Bar Belvedere and spent an hour or more at Monastero di Astino
Location: Bergamo, begin and end at Piazzetta del Delfino

Overview


It was supposed to be a quick afternoon walk to explore some more Scalette of Bergamo, but it lasted for 6 hours later and 11 miles. I captured the tracks with the program Geotag Photos Pro. We specifically wanted to explore the hill between the Bergamo quartieres of Loreto and Longuelo. The street Via S. Martino della Pigrizia. (San Martino of the Lazyness) runs on the spine of the hill. While on the hill, we decided to head for the recently restored Monastero di Astino.

The Monastero di Astino is an enchanting place and worth the trip from the main attractions of Bergamo. Especially, if you are a walker, you can easily get to Astino on foot, which is half the fun. During our visit there is a fascinating exhibition by Pepi Merisio (http://www.pepimerisio.it/) consisting of old photos of Bergamo and Monastero di Astino.

From Astino we head up to higher ground and toward San Vigilio. We are sidetracked for a quick “Spritz” (the official drink of Bergamo it seems: 1 part soda, 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts Prosecco, and an orange slice) at Bar Belevedere and its sweeping views.

Left: Approaching Monastero di Astino from the south. Right: Inside Monastero di Astino.
Approaching Monastero di Astino from the southInside Monastero di Astino

Left: Example of exhibition of Pepi Merisio at Monastero di Astino. Right: View of Bergamo Citta' Alta from San Vigilio.
Example of exhibition of Pepi Merisio at Monastero di AstinoView of Bergamo Citta' Alta from San Vigilio

Left: Markers for trail 921. Right: Torre dell'Allegrezza, ruins.
Markers for trail 921Torre dell'Allegrezza, ruins

Left: View northwest from Via S. Sebastian with Monte Linzone. Right: Looking down on Monastero di Astino.
View northwest from Via S. SebastianLooking down on Monastero di Astino