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The castles of Bartolomeo Colleoni

The castles of Bartolomeo Colleoni

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Start and finish: Car park in via San Spiridione, Gorlago (BG)
Difficulty level: Medium
Length: 60 km
Altitude difference: 230 m
Terrain: Mostly off road
Average travel time: 4 h 20 m

The loop will take you along the Serio river to the castles of the lower Bergamo plain where the famous leader Bartolomeo Colleoni lived, along one of the four routes that make up the Quadrifoglio cicloturistico delle Terre del Vescovado. The route runs mainly along asphalt roads or unpaved cycle paths, is suitable for anyone and does not require any special technical or physical skills.

From Gorlago to Seriate

Leave your car in the car park in Via San Spiridione, near Moroni Park, hop in the saddle and ride into the historic centre of Gorlago. Leave the village, head towards Montello and continue towards Costa di Mezzate. When you reach Piazza Nobili Zoppi, take the lane that flanks the hill and climbs gently. Stay on the path and descend towards Bagnatica, passing in front of the Casello San Marco and crossing Parco Tomenone. From Bagnatica proceed towards Brusaporto as far as Seriate and follow the signs for Oasi Verde, a public park equipped for sports and leisure, the ideal place for a break.

From Seriate to Romano di Lombardia

From the Oasi verde, descend along the dirt cycle path along the Serio river. Pass the turnoffs for Cavernago and Malpaga to continue on to Ghisalba. From here proceed with caution on the Provincial Road to the opposite bank of the river and resume the cycle path, still heading south.
Continue through a pleasant agricultural landscape. The cycle path continues along country roads in places, sometimes beside irrigation canals and often winds sinuously along the Serio River. Pass under the railway and follow the provincial road to cross the river. From here you can head to Romano di Lombardia to visit the Rocca Viscontea fortress and the old town centre or continue along the Serio cycle path back towards Malpaga and Cavernago.

From Romano di Lombardia to Cavernago

From Romano di Lombardia ride along the cycle path to the turnoff for Malpaga. Here it is worth stopping to admire the Colleoni Castle and the farming village that surrounds the medieval fortress.
Go around the castle and through the farmland until you reach Cavernago Castle, once the home of the Martinengo family, descendants of the Colleoni family. The two castles will leave you speechless!

From Cavernago to Gorlago

From the Castle of Cavernago proceed along the provincial road to Bagnatica, continue towards Costa di Mezzate and Montello and finally return to Gorlago. Along the way, you will pass beneath the Camozzi Vertova Castle: a splendid fortress that dominates the small village of Costa di Mezzate. Finish the trip with an exploration of the castle district in the heart of Gorlago, where the castle of the Lanzi family once stood, transformed over the centuries into the exquisite Palazzo Guarneri Gozzini.

To find out about all the itineraries that make up the Quadrifoglio cicloturistico delle Terre del Vescovado please check out the website dedicated to the project

The ancient village of Gorlago and its castle, the Serio River Regional Park, the castles of Malpaga and Cavernago, and the Camozzi Vertova castle.

By car
A4 motorway
From Milan: Seriate exit
From Venice: Grumello del Monte exit 
Follow directions to Val Cavallina.
Recommended car parks in Gorlago: Piazza Europa – Via San Spiridione

By train
Trenitalia and Trenord run connections from Brescia and Bergamo to Gorlago.
Station stop: Montello Gorlago 

We recommend consulting the railway websites to find out the current timetables and fares and to check the availability of bicycle transport.

Recommended restaurants
Bella Italia –  via Roma 79, Gorlago – tel +39 035 953307
Da Giovanni – via del Fabbricone 2, Gorlago – tel +39 035 20681254
DiVinoInVino – via Asperti 12 , Gorlago – tel +39 035 4251095
Il Bù family restaurant – via I maggio 2, Gorlago – tel +39 035 752312
Locanda dell’Antica Giàsera  – via Dante Alighieri 8, Gorlago – tel +39 035 0780390
Zen Sushi – via del Fabbricone 16 – tel +39 035 4251007

Takeaway pizzerias or street food
Pizza in Piazza – via Vimercati Sozzi 14, Gorlago – tel +39 035 4251182

Recommended bar
Big Bar – via Regina Margherita 11, Gorlago – tel +39 035 951089
Bar Maria –  via Vimercati Sozzi 51, Gorlago – tel +39 035 951540
Caffetteria del Centro –  via Lorenzo Sibellini 8, Gorlago – tel +39 035 953556
Dany’s bar – via Pesenti 39, Gorlago – tel +39 338 3543368
Ottimaidea café – Piazza Gregis 6, Gorlago – tel +39 035 952878

Recommended hotels and B&B
The area offers accommodation to suit all needs.
A selection can be found at www.terredelvescovado.it/dormire

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