Bergamo circular walking tour in Italy

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Responsible tourism: Bergamo circular walking tour in Italy

Environment

This walk passes through the Colli Bergamaschi, the hills that surround the city. Here, the roads and paths stretch away, linking the borghi, monasteries, churches and estates to each other. Here, in this border region, a delicate balance has been struck between culture and nature and between the traditions of ancient times and a modern society, and to organise and maintain these complex systems, the “Parco dei Colli di Bergamo” was established. The purchase of a map of the area will form a contribution to the maintenance of the park.

During this tour, you will spend two nights at an agriturismo (farmstead). At an agriturismo, a certain percentage of the food and drinks must come from their own crops or animals and another percentage from neighbouring farms (the minimum percentage differs in each region), reducing the environmental footprint of anything served on the menu to a minimum. Moreover, it is always interesting to experience at firsthand how a smallholding in the mountains, even in our modern age, is still closely entwined with its natural surroundings.

In the itinerary, we not only provide background information about the plants and wildlife of the region but we also explain the history of the area in general and of some interesting local personalities as well.

Community

This tour will not only bring you into close contact with the natural environment but, in the same measure, it will introduce you to the local community. The proprietors of the family-run lodgings will offer you their services, their products, their hospitality, their friendliness and care, their knowledge and their stories and they are the people who will make this walking tour a truly unique experience. Of course we recognise the importance of the work of the proprietors of the accommodations and we make sure that we recompense their efforts work fairly.

By introducing you to the natural, cultural and social reality by means of written information provided in the itinerary, but above all, by offering the opportunity to live among these local realities and touch on their lives, by means of the carefully designed hike and specially selected lodgings, we hope to encourage love and respect for this region, its inhabitants and their work.

All you consume on the tour will have been produced or purchased locally. As this region is situated off the beaten track, where most tourists only see the airport, situated on its edge before leaving the area to visit the major tourist attractions further afield, the local community will benefit and appreciate your stay.

Reviews of Bergamo circular walking tour in Italy

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our night at Prati Parini, laying in the meadow with a blanket and a glass of red wine provided by our wonderful host, Manuel, watching the sun go down over the mountains before wandering back to enjoy the best meal of entire Italian trip was certainly a highlight of the walk. Having said that, while we thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the landscape, it was the encounters with our hosts (and the food!) at the end of each day that we will treasure. In their different way they each introduced us to a slice of what is was like to live in this beautiful part of Italy, and why people chose to live or return to this way of life which offers so much. Coming from Hong Kong we felt the change of pace more than many we suspect............and loved it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are still thinking about it, just book it! The walk is not 'a stroll in the park' so be prepared for a few aches and pains at the end of the day, but these are soon forgotten with a glass of red wine, wonderful food and engaging conversation. We did manage to get lost once or twice, but were always able to find a helpful local to give us directions usually imparted with lots of arm waving
and pointing. Brush up on your Italian! You are way off the tourist route (thankfully!) but some key phrases will go along way with the locals. We found our walking poles really useful as there are a few sections of the track that are quite slippery and its not a place you really want to turn your ankle. But having said that it not a bad place to be laid up!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all the above. There is nothing better than to arrive at your nights accommodation on foot and in the morning just put on your day pack and wander off down the path. Touching the earth lightly is a phrase that comes to mind. All of the B &B's and lodges we stayed at had connections to the local villages, either through the food they served or by the people we encountered, so that for 7 or 8 days you really feel as though you have been welcomed into a very small yet special part of Italy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We have been on many walks throughout the world, however this is only our second self guided walk, but we thought it was particularly special. When you look at a map you realise that you are not that far from the plains of Bergamo and Milan, but from day 1 you step into a different world of peaceful landscapes, beautiful local villages, and best of all get to spend time with a wonderful people along the walk, enjoy their hospitality, friendship, stories and food. Belissimo!

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


After our first day of walking arriving at Matilda's stunning converted farmhouse
B&B up in the hills near Lonno.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely get to grips with the map and the route before you go incase some of
the sign posts on the written directions allude you or are not there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a fantastic holiday. I found the walks breathtaking (quite literally as
I am a Londoner and not a hardened walker!) and deeply rewarding in terms of
the amazing scenery and routes. The B&Bs and agritourism places that we stayed in were really special - each in their own way. The emphasis on local produce and everyone's expertise around the food they prepared was impressive. And the food was delicious!I absorbed more knowledge about the Bergamo area in terms of its people, its agriculture and its history than I know about vast swathes of my own country. I will definitely go on a holiday with this tour operator again.

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Arriving in the beautiful walled Cita Alta in Bergamo. Our B&B at le Mura was perfect, cool in the heat of the midday sun. We walked off into the hills and didn't see another tourist for a week. That was exhilarating in itself.The guided walk was sometimes a challenge to comprehend easily...two fine minds still occassionally puzzled by a directive...we need to find a place to let the company know more about this.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We realise pretty soon that this wasn't a walk in the park...lots of ups and downs...and strenuous. It wasn't the 4-5 hours that was advertised. We always took longer. Taking along our hiking poles was really helpful(they are allowed in cabin baggage now - new rule)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we were so pleased to be in the real world not touristville.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Walking was fabulous and the appetite for good local fare was a perfect, beer in hand, table spread for an evening meal to end our day...we were very well guided by Etien from the holiday company. The guided walk was sometimes a challenge to comprehend easily.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The hospitality of everyone involved was wonderful. We also really felt like we were off the beaten path for much of the walk, and felt as though we were stepping back in time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Carry a hiking pole to help with the steep descents! There is some walking on paved roads.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to benefiting local people. The ubiquity of single-use water bottles surprised me.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful! I would highly recommend this specific walk to anyone. Etien with the holiday company was very helpful with answering questions and providing information. I plan to use Responsible Vacation again.

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All enjoyable. No one thing outstanding above others. But accommodation, food and hospitality in Briolo was very good. And staying with Marco and father at Prati Parini was unique.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Some of the walking is quite strenuous for over 60s. Some on roads a bit boring. And some downhills on clay treacherous when wet.
Essential to have good equipment, boots and waterproofs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much benefitted locally owned and run b&Bs. We enjoyed these a lot.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good but very indifferent weather affected the walking. Down hills on clay soil were treacherous. At times too much road, albeit very quiet roads, walking.

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