Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A Hike from Botta di Sedrina to Canto Alto

Trail 507 with Canto Alto cross visible on left on hill  Highland cattle at prati Parini Tracks from Hike from Botta to Canto Alto and Back
Left: Trail 507 for Canto Alto, with Canto Alto on hill on the left.
Center: Highland cattle at Agriturismo Prati Parini.
Right: The tracks and elevation profile for this hike.


It seems to be our ritual to hike at least once a year to Canto Alto, the closest mountain to us. At 1146 m (3,760 ft), it’s visible from a good part of the east and south side of Bergamo.

Today, we hiked to Canto Alto from Botta di Sedrina and back. More precisely, we started in Borgo Mediglio above Botta. We walk up to Agriturismo prati Parini and then on to Canto Alto following trail 507. Botta di Sedrina is the first village you see on the right as you head into the Val Brembana. You can get there by bus from Bergamo.

The last time we were at prati Parini was back in 2021 during the pandemic when we planned one of our epic-get-out-of-the-house walks. See Hike from Bergamo to Prati Parini and Back. That hike was 28 km and a bit of fool’s errand. Today’s hike is reasonable 11.5 km.

Duration: 6.5 hours (including snack and lunch stop)
Elevation: 678 m
Length: 11.5 m
Location: Botta (frazione of Sedrina), Bergamo, Italy


We won’t say too much about this hike other than it was a welcome relief, and boy is good to be back! We were in the States for just under two weeks and while we had a great visit to Connecticut and Oklahoma, we were missing our walks and hikes like this one. Also, we missed the spontaneous way someone invites us to take a hike. In this case we are visiting where a friend was born and lived (Botta), and exploring the hills of her childhood. Add to that a simple meal at a rifugio and we’re happy. And yes, even buying a bottle of water is welcome instead of the humongous water glasses in US restaurants, always filled with water and with too much ice. Do you appreciate something when it’s scarcer?

On this hike we walked by houses and property with little or no fencing or gates, passing through private property as the trail took goes. It’s normal. In Oklahoma (we stayed in Norman), land tends to be fenced off and you wouldn’t dare enter, let alone walk anywhere because there aren’t trails, at least obvious ones.


Some plants we noted on this hike:

[Family] Genus species - English common name (Italian common name)

[Amaryllidaceae] Allium ursinum - Bear Garlic (Aglio orsino)
[Amaryllidaceae] Allium ursinum

[Amaryllidaceae] Narcissus poeticus - Poet's Narcissus (Narciso dei poeti)
[Amaryllidaceae] Narcissus poeticus

[Aquifoliaceae] Ilex aquifolium - English Holly (Agrifoglio)
[Aquifoliaceae] Ilex aquifolium

[Asparagaceae] Polygonatum multiflorum - Lady's Seal (Sigillo di Salomone maggiore)
[Asparagaceae] Polygonatum multiflorum

[Asteraceae] Achillea millefolium - with Trichodes alvearius (soldier beetle)
[Asteraceae] Achillea millefolium - with Trichodes alvearius (soldier beetle)

[Caryophyllaceae] Saponaria ocymoides - Tumbling Ted / Rock Soapwort (Saponaria rossa). The specific epithet ocymoides means "resembling basil" (genus: Ocimum).
[Caryophyllaceae] Saponaria ocymoides

[Euphorbiaceae] Euphorbia helioscopia - Madwoman's Milk (Euforbia calenzuola)
[Euphorbiaceae] Euphorbia helioscopia

[Orchidaceae] Cephalanthera longifolia – Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cefalantera maggiore)
[Orchidaceae] Cephalanthera longifolia – Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cefalantera maggiore)

[Orchidaceae] Gymnadenia sp.
[Orchidaceae] Gymnadenia sp

[Ranunculaceae] Hepatica nobilis leaves
[Ranunculaceae] Hepatica nobilis leaves

[Ranunculaceae] Trollius europaeus - Globeflower (Botton d'oro)
[Ranunculaceae] Trollius europaeus

[Rosaceae] Crataegus monogyna - Common Hawthorn (Biancospino comune)
[Rosaceae] Crataegus monogyna

[Rosaceae] Filipendula vulgaris - Dropwort (Filipendola)
[Rosaceae] Filipendula vulgaris


View South toward Monte Bastia View from trail 507 north toward Zogno in Val Brembana View from trail 507 back toward Bergamo with Città Alta visible
Left: View south toward Monte Bastia.
Center: View from trail 507 north toward Zogno in Val Brembana.
Right: View from trail 507 back toward Bergamo with Città Alta visible.

View from Prati Parini - looking north Prati Parini pasture The last stretch up to Canto Alto on Trail 507 
Left: View from Prati Parini - looking north.
Center: Pasture of Prati Parini.
Right: The last stretch on trail 507 up to Canto Alto.

Starting the hike in Mediglio Starting the hike - first few turns and then up Sign explaining the Borgo of Mediglio (Botta)
Left: Starting the hike in Borgo Mediglio.
Center: Don't forget to turn the corner in Borgo Mediglio to find the trail up.
Right: A sign explaining this history of Borgo Mediglio.

On Trail 507 - two figures silhouetted against the sky Larva of a salamander Above the Borgo of Mediglio path through grass A treem blooming with Canto Alto cross in background
Left: On Trail 507 - two figures silhouetted against the sky.
Center left: Larva of a salamander found in a pool of water along the trail.
Center right: Above the Borgo Mediglio, the path through grass.
Right: A tree leafing out with Canto Alto's cross in the background.

Highland cattle at prati Parini in late afternoon Getting close to a tree to investigage Descending Canto Alto with view west toward Valle Imagna
Left: Highland cattle at prati Parini in the late afternoon.
Center: A hiker gets close to a tree to examine it.
Right: Descending Canto Alto with view west toward Valle Imagna,

Above the Borgo of Mediglio
Above Borgo Mediglio - view west.

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