Itinerari da fare a Valzurio
La Valzurio offre ai suoi visitatori numerosi itinerari: dalla semplice escursione alle Baite del Moschel fino alle salite ai rifugi Albani e Olmo, entrambi posti ai piedi del massiccio della Presolana. Inoltre, durante tutto l’anno, Promoserio, in collaborazione con la Baita Valle Azzurra e la Scuola Guide Alpine Orobiche, organizza molte escursioni guidate in Valzurio.
The cold cave Along the road towards il Moschel, are traces of an ancient tollgate: constructed at the entrance to the spring of frozen air, a phenomenon well known from ancient times and which is connected to currents of air coming up from under the ground; in winter the air comes up frozen while in summer it goes down cooling. The farmers knew how to profit from this natural phenomenon, using it to preserve their milk and cheeses.
The stream, which rises from a spring called ‘the eye of the Ogna” in the Pizzo of Presolana , descends for a good 12 km among the rocks and pastures of Valzurio, etching out splendid ravines and rock pools. The Ogna runs through the valley across many areas of great naturalistic interest, for example, just above Moschel it is possible to admire the ‘marmitte dei giganti’ – deep pools dug by the river over the years. At this point the stream turns a beautiful shade of light blue.
At the bottom of the valley, along the Nasolino –Valzurio road, you can see the beautiful little lakes that were formed in 1923 when the construction for a hydroelectrical dam created a small artificial basin, containing water of such an incredible intense blue that it has given the name to the valley and the area
In the vicinity of Verzuda bassa there are some fine examples of centuries old beech trees of mammoth proportions, dating at least as far back as the 14th Century, which is immediately apparent on seeing the contortion of the branches and the circumferences of the trunks. These are a living remnant of the ancient forests in the Bergamo region, and a significant example of original beechwood of particular historical and cultural interest from the point of view of forestation. Their imposing presence becomes most evident when the leaves fall in Autumn, for only when they are divested of their leaves are they able to exhibit their spectacular architecture. An ancient legend tells how quite a lot of centuries ago, the baita of Verzuda bassa was an old monastery where lived a group of monks, who would be reincarnated as huge beech trees before being forced to abandon their monastery in the woods.
At the height of 1267m above the parish of Valzurio, we have one of the most amazing spots in the valley: Colle Palazzo, an open expanse of meadow which forms the watershed between Valzurio on the south side and that of Ardesio, in Ave Clle Palazzo, to the north. In ancient times it was important as a commercial and market hub, particulary for animals, wool, dairy products and trade of various goods. People collected here from the high valley of Seriana, from the valleys of Scalve and Valtellina, and even from Switzerland and Germany.
Ancient legend tells of the existence on the hill of a large building called ‘il Palazzo’ which served as a lodging and a stopping point, for meetings and negotiating contracts. One told of the collapse of the building, caused by a curse from the heavens as punishment for disturbing events that had happened there
From the summit of Monte Blum, the panorama is breathtaking: on one side the valley of Valzurio and on the other the landscape of Rovetta and Clusone. The summit of the mountain is accessed by a convenient road which cuts through the meadows of the hillsides around the baita. At the highest point you reach the beautiful little church of the Alpini. From here, the path to the north begins the route that leads from the Grem cross, skirts the peaks of Bares, then the ridge of Valzurio and before arriving finally at Presolana.
Nasolino The comune can be found in this traditional village setting, in an open, sunny location. Nasolino lies among the green splendour of the wide meadows bordered by thick woodlands and, further up, by rocky spurs. The village center is 38km form Bergamo and 5km form Clusone. It spreads out from the right bank of the River Ogna which runs through the valley, at about 200m from the floor of the valley, around 730 m above sea level.
Of particular interest is the church of San Bernardo, consecrated in 1500, and the Oratorio of San Rocco.
Dosso and Bricconi
Both districts are part of the village of Nasolino. The district of Dosso is still inhabited and full of character, from which you can appreciate a splendid view over the base of the valley. However, there are no longer any permanent residents in Bricconi, the centre of which consists of a few barns and a couple of baitas. From here, it’s also worth stopping to admire the view.
Valzurio and Spinelli
Historically, the community was comprised of three centres of habitation; the most consistent centre of Valzurio; the districts of Spinelli and Colle Palazzo. Of notable historic and cultural interest in this little settlement is the church of S. Margherita, with works inside by Andrea Fantoni, and a beautiful 17th Century organ.
At about 20 minutes along the road on the floor of the valley which climbs up to Moschel, you will find the village of Spinelli, whose date of construction is unknown, but which re-emerged in the early decades of the 1500’s. In the little church there is a painting of notable artistic value, of the Madonna dei Pombioli (by an important Venetian painter of 1630)
Albani Mountain Refuge
From Valzurio, Albani mountain refuge may be reached by taking the path from the baita del Moschel, signposted CAI 320.
The refuge is in an ideal position for all ski runs in the area, as well as facing the difficult climbing routes on the northern faces of Presolana. Easier, but equally exciting, is the via ferrata (iron walkway) of the Passo della Porta which allows you to reach the southern slopes of the mountain along from which the normal route rises to the summit. The refuge hut was built and opened in 1967.
Olmo Mountain Refuge
From Valzurio, Olmo mountain refuge may be reached by taking the path from the baita del Moschel, signposted CAI 311.
The refuge hut, dedicated in memory of Rino Olmo, was opened in 1991. It is located at 1819m in an outstanding position, nestling in a tarn, just below Passo Olone. The Olmo Refuge affords awe-inspiring views of the southern Dolomite slope of the Queen of the Orobie : la Presolana.
Ascending the valley from Villa d’Ogna, the access to Baita Valle Azzurra is free. A permit is needed for those who want to drive farther with own vehicle. The road is dirt and a 4WD is recommended. Daily ticket is on sale in BAITA VALLE AZZURRA, and price is 5 euro.
For more information and booking, please ask tel. +39 0346 28193 or +39 335 6793515