Friday, May 26, 2017

Walk from Bergamo Piazza Vecchia to Trattoria all’Alpino

Route from Piazza Vecchia to Trattoria all'Alpino.View along Via Orsarola with Rosa banksiae.
Left: Route from Piazza Vecchia to Trattoria all'Alpino. Right: View along Via Orsarola with Rosa banksiae.

Overview

Length
: 3 km one-way
Duration: ~ 45 minutes one-way
Elevation: Minimum 370 m (1,210 ft) Piazza Vecchia, maximum 477 m (1,570 ft)
Location: Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo, Parco dei Colli di Bergamo

The Walk

A walk to Trattoria all’Alpino is a great way to see what’s up and beyond Bergamo Città Alta and San Vigilio and enjoy a part of Bergamo that the majority of visitors (and some locals) don’t know about. We did this walk recently when were done studying at Biblioteca Civica "Angelo Mai" (in Piazza Vecchia) and wanted to get a little walk in before lunch. We’ve done this walk about 4 times.

Trattoria all’Alpino is a simple place to eat. You can get a plate of casoncelli alla bergamasca – Bergamo’s signature pasta dish - or a very basic pasta with red sauce, second dish of meat or polenta, and vegetable or salad for a reasonable price. Around the back of the trattoria is an open air museum dedicated to the Alpini, an elite part of the Italian army specialized in mountain warfare.

Specific instructions for getting to Trattoria all’Alpino from Piazza Vecchia:


  • Head northwest along Via Bartolomeo Colleoni and pass through the Piazza della Cittadella
  • Pass through Porta S. Alessandro to the base of the funicular for San Vigilio.
  • Head up Via S. Vigilio or optionally you can take the funicular.
  • At the top of the funicular, keep following Via S. Vigilio, heading north by northwest until you reach an intersection of several streets, one of which is Via Monte Bastia.
  • Follow Via Monte Bastia until it becomes Via Orsarola.
  • Follow Via Ciaregotto, a small path which short-cuts a curve in Via Orsarola.
  • Where Via Ciaregotto rejoins Via Orsarola, the road changes to Via Colle dei Roccoli. You can either follow Via Colle dei Roccoli down to the trattoria, or there is a trail across the road that avoids the road completely to arrive as well at the trattoria.

Another view of the route from Piazza Vecchia to Trattoria all'Alpino. Elevation profile of the walk.
Left: Another view of the route from Piazza Vecchia to Trattoria all'Alpino. Right: Elevation profile of the walk.

Menu at Trattoria all'Alpino.View southwest from Via Orsarola toward the pianura.
Left: Menu at Trattoria all'Alpino. Right: View southwest from Via Orsarola toward the pianura. 

View southeast toward San Vigilio from Via Orsarola. Looking up into a garden with a large beech.
Left: View southeast toward San Vigilio from Via Orsarola. Right: Looking up into a garden with a large beech.

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