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The Romanesque architecture of the lower Val Cavallina

The Romanesque architecture of the lower Val Cavallina

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Start and finish: Car park in via San Spiridione, Gorlago (BG)
Difficulty levelEasy
Length:
19,2 km
Altitude difference: 200 m
Terrain: Mostly asphalt
Average travel time:
1 h 09 m

This circular itinerary will take you on an exploration of the Romanesque architecture in the lower Cavallina valley, along the Romanesque Bicitour route designed by inValcavallina and Terre del Vescovado.
The route runs mainly along paved roads or unpaved bike paths and requires no special technical or physical skills.

From Gorlago to San Paolo d’Argon
Leave your car in the parking lot on Via San Spiridione, near the park, Parco Moroni. Get on your bike and ride through the historic centre of Gorlago to the church of Sant’Andrea Apostolo, the first example of Romanesque architecture on the itinerary.
Leave the Castello neighbourhood and head towards San Paolo d’Argon along Via Torquato Tasso. Stay on this secondary road until you come to the intersection with Via San Lorenzo. Turn right here towards the north. After a few dozen meters you come to the church of San Lorenzo: a sophisticated rural parish church in Romanesque style.
Leaving the church behind you, take an unpaved road that runs alongside the motorway until you reach the Oasi del Seniga, a small nature reserve with a focus on environmental education. From here, ride up the course of the stream along the cycle path and, once you reach the state road, Strada Statale del Tonale, head in the direction of Trescore Balneario.Along the way you can admire the church of San Pietro delle Passere, an example of Bergamo’s romantic architecture, surrounded by the vineyards of the nearby farm.

From San Paolo d’Argon to Trescore Balneario
Go past the church, cross the residential district of San Paolo d’Argon and skirt along the Seniga stream until you enter the valley. 
Follow the unpaved bike path that will take you to a stream at the bottom of the Argon valley. Cross it and go up the opposite side to the slopes of the hill in the direction of Cenate Sopra.
In this stretch, you can enjoy a short break and admire the panoramic views over the Po Valley.
Before crossing the Tadone stream, turn right and go up Via San Nazario until you reach the Romanesque church of Santi Nazario e Celso and the medieval castle of Lupi, which dominates Cenate Sotto.From here, go down along Via Dante Alighieri. Keep to the left and take a short cycle path that runs along the Tadone stream, passing the Strada Statale del Tonale, and arriving at Trescore Balneario. Head to its historical centre and relax over a coffee.

From Trescore Balneario to Gorlago
Get back on your bike, cross the State Road and then take Via Torre, whose name announces the presence of an ancient medieval tower. In fact, after a few hundred meters, you will find yourself in front of the church of San Vincenzo della Torre: our new destination.
Keep heading south, pass the small rural village, until you come to a marble milestone marking the presence of the chapel of San Cassiano. Continue through the meadows, until you see a small but striking stone apse standing in the middle of the field: the remains of the old Romanesque church.
Go back to the road and head towards Zandobbio by crossing the Cherio River. Once you reach the village cemetery, you will come to the last stop on the itinerary: the church of San Giorgio in Capis.Finally, take the road back to Gorlago: go back across the bridge over the Cherio River, past the Cascina degli Alpini and continue along the pleasant forest path that brings you back to the historic centre of the village, via the Ponte Romano bridge

La chiesa di Sant’Andrea e il Borgo antico di Gorlago, le chiese romaniche di Trescore Balneario, il Castello lupi di Cenate Sotto e le chiese romaniche di San Paolo d’Argon.

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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