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The Camonica Valley Cycleway: from Capo di Ponte to Pisogne by bicycle

The Camonica Valley cycleway starts at Ponte di Legno but in this article we will speak about the lower part that connects Capo di Ponte to Pisogne following the valley floor with the exception of a couple of possible detours. Recently the local administrations finished the missing section of the path to link the  upper part of Camonica Valley to the lower until Lake Iseo and now we’ll be able to travel by bike the distance between the Tonale Pass (and even before the Sole Valley in Trentino) and the river Po, till the Adriatic Sea... in complete safety!



From Capo di Ponte, cycling in the Camonica Valley


The Camonica Valley cycle path starts in Capo di Ponte, a few steps away from the train station crossing the historical center uphill, a good start I’d say. If you’re coming from the Sole Valley, you’ll have already crossed the Tonale Pass, on the border between Trentino and Lombardy. After being transported by the slope you’ll be arrived at the cycle path of the Upper Camonica Valley, between Ponte di Legno and Vezza d'Oglio and, later, you’ll have faced the roads of the Camonica Valley from Vezza d'Oglio to Capo di Ponte, two resorts still waiting to be connected one to another through a cycle path. In Capo di Ponte we can finally start our trip by bike towards Lake Iseo. segnaletica breno

We climb slowly till Ono San Pietro from where you have a nice panoramic view on the valley and then go down again to Cerveno well-known because of its life-size Via Crucis. If you have time tie your bicycle and go up the steps of the sanctuary to visit it... it’s worth it. Along the cycling itinerary following the course of the river Oglio meandering, from time to time, among the historical villages of the Camonica Valley, you meet some rest areas that are rather well-finished where to relax for a few minutes, eat your sack lunch or refill your bottle with fresh water in the hottest days. In Breno you can visit the town center and, if it’s open, also the castle on top of the village. To reach it you have to overcome a rather rampant ramp, but the panoramic view on the Camonica Valley... this and much more, right?

The temple of Minerva and Roman past

An underpass draws us nearer to the Sanctuary of Minerva located in Spinera, Breno. This place is impregnated with history: it was inhabited since the Iron Age and the ancient temple, in the Roman age, was enlarged and embellished. The statue of Minerva can be seen still nowadays, as well as remains of the mosaic flooring and items found during the excavations. The cycle path continues its course till Cividate Camuno of the Roman age too. The story of this village is very interesting, wandering in its streets you’ll find many evocative corners and buildings to photograph like the medieval tower. It’s said that Cividate, with its 3 square km of territory, is the smallest municipality in the province of Brescia.
You cycle again close to the Oglio before leaving it to flank the orbital road. At a short bike ride from Darfo-Boario Terme the cycle path crosses an old gallery rather picturesque to travel by bicycle. galleria ciclabile
The route bypasses some fields allowing a nice view of the valley and of some still snow-capped peaks in early summer. In Darfo it’s worth stopping some time to admire the course of the Oglio that, almost emotionless, crosses the village continuing its trip towards Lake Iseo. At the humped back bridge we continue to follow the signs leading to reach the Monument to the Fallen and then continue among the countryside of the Camonica Valley. At the sides of the valley you catch sight of many villages: Pian Camuno, Artogne, Gianico... but the directions lead the cycling traveler to Pisogne and the lake, which are reached after about 41 km of a cycling itinerary (not all in the right place!) The Camunian rose is the symbol of the Camonica Valley but, after having been stylized, in 1996 became also the symbol of the Lombardy region. Found 92 times in the rock carvings of the valley, you can meet it represented in many artistic works or monuments in various villages.
In the Camonica Valley you can visit 8 sites where rock carvings have been found. One of the most famous and interesting is the Naquane National Park of Rock Carvings, founded in 1955


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ITA - Correva l'anno 1983 quando ha sorriso per la prima volta alla luce del sole estivo. Da sempre col pallino per l'avventura, ha avuto la fortuna di girare l'Europa e l'Italia con i genitori e poi, per la maturità, si è regalata un viaggio in 2 cavalli da Milano verso la Russia. Al momento giusto ha mollato il lavoro senza alcun rimpianto per volare in Nuova Zelanda dove ha viaggiato per cinque mesi in solitaria. Nel 2007 ha provato per la prima volta l'esperienza di un viaggio in bici e, da quel momento, non ne ha potuto più fare a meno... così, dopo alcune brevi esperienze in Europa, nel 2010 è partita con Leo per un lungo viaggio in bicicletta nel Sud Est asiatico, la prima vera grande avventura insieme! All'Asia sono seguite le Ande, il Marocco, il Sudafrica-Lesotho e #noplansjourney. Se non è in viaggio, vive sul lago d'Iseo! Carpediem e buone pedalate!

EN - It was 1983 when he smiled for the first time in the summer sunlight. Always with a passion for adventure, she had the good fortune to travel around Europe and Italy with her parents and then, for maturity, she took a trip in 2 horses from Milan to Russia. At the right moment he quit his job with no regrets to fly to New Zealand where he traveled for five months alone. In 2007 she tried the experience of a bike trip for the first time and, from that moment on, she couldn't do without it ... so, after some short experiences in Europe, in 2010 she left with Leo for a long cycling trip in South East Asia, the first real great adventure together! Asia was followed by the Andes, Morocco, South Africa-Lesotho and #noplansjourney. If he's not traveling, he lives on Lake Iseo! Carpediem and have good rides!

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