SAN PELLEGRINO TERME HAS A LOT TO OFFER .
Small cafes and restaurants, activities for the family, nice hotels and shops. There is of course a "gelateria", an ice cream bar by the square, promenades along the river Brembo and the resort's own biscotti from patisserie Bigi.
Local entrepreneurs who strike a blow for the old traditions and brew award-winning beer with spices from the valley and a heart for the genuine.
Historic Casinò a building in perfect Art Nouveau style, the old cabin car "Funicolare" which took nice people to Vetta and which will soon be in use again and the fantastic building Grand Hotel.
The fine mall "Portici Colleoni" from 1930 today houses small bars, shops and restaurants and the piazza is the resort's natural gathering place. We take help from Oter assoziatione who are young enthusiasts and take on the story, guide and tell about buildings, museums and events.
The modern spa facility QC Terme, which has carefully renovated the old health resort, is located in San Pellegrino Terme and is well worth a visit. More about QC Terme
MINERAL WATER - A WELL-KNOWN EXPORT PRODUCT
The water has always dominated the resort with a well-known exported water by the producer "San Pellegrino" today owned by Swiss Nestlè but with the factory left in the resort. The resort is still the tourist center of the valley and a good starting point for a stay in Valle Brembana.
THE SAN PELLEGRINO FACTORY
The water this constantly bubbling, rushing water from the mountains and collected in the river Brembo has given many around the world real, good, carbonated water on the tables. The factory, which opened in 1899, still exists and produces several million bottles of water every year and still collects the mineral-rich water from springs on the left side of the valley. In addition to water, they produce an Italian specialty, carbonated soft drink "Chinotto" which is reminiscent of cherries and Coca cola and it is almost only here in Italy that people like the drink. In the 60's, they introduced non-alcoholic beverages such as Bitter and Lemon which are still sold in nicely designed small bottles. Now we are waiting for the major renovation that will give us greater opportunities to visit and go on display in the factory.
More about the San Pellegrino factory
Bergamo is the nearest town and has a well-preserved old valley and a nice modern part that spreads out below the hills. Città alta and città bassa mean upper and lower city and are connected by stairs and a classic rail bus, "funicolare".
Bergamo has a lot of history, narrow alleys and classic squares and the wall that surrounds città alta is magical. The view from San Vigilo is excellent on a sunny day. We are happy to give you a guided tour of the city Swedish-speaking guide living in Italy for many years.
One hour by train from Bergamo you will find the ever-vibrant city of Milan. Here is everything and a little more and the city is well worth a couple of days to explore and discover. Business areas, fairs and world-class exhibitions. Here we are of course talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his usefulness for the big team Milan. The main church, the Duome and the mall with its beautiful glass roof, Monza just outside with the well-known racing track, yes the list can be made long on places to visit in this fantastic city.
An hour's drive from Bergamo or train from Milan station to reach Lake Como. The eastern side of Lake Como faces "our area" and we can both hike, bike and get across Valsassina, Val Taleggio and the mountains. It is adorable with the steep rock walls that are met by the turquoise blue water to rise steeply up again on the other side. Villages lie like a string of pearls along the coastal strip, Varenna, Bellano, Menaggio and more. Ferries run the lake as a bus and you can easily get to the northern parts or down to the classic city of Como.
BRESCIA, LAKE ISEO & FRANCIACORTA The
wine region known as "Italy's least noticed gem". It is an oven-filled wine region with high ambitions and great potential - this is simply where "Franciacorta" Italy's equivalent of France's Champagne is made. A curious winemaker from the area, with friends in Champagne, realized that there were great conditions for producing a really good quality wine according to "Il metodo Classico" which we carelessly call the champagne method.
Here you have all the opportunities to explore, taste and learn about the bubbly wine Franciacorta - and it is clearly possible to join in and harvest grapes!
BERGAMOS ALPS - THE OROBIE MOUNTAINS
Bergamo area has always been a breathing space for Italians and they are proud of their mountains and Alps. The hiking trail system winds between peaks and passes and at a reasonable distance there are "Rifugio" classic mountain stations with rustic restaurants, simple accommodation and lots of love for the mountains. Here you meet, eat, rest and tell wonderful stories about mountain peaks and storms. The winters offer the opportunity for skiing or hiking with snowshoes on small nice ski resorts.
ANIMALS & NATURE
Wildlife is everything from lowland up to alpine terrain with wild animals such as ibex, ermine, various birds and marmots. These are shy by nature but sometimes you are lucky and see them climb or fly along the mountain walls or move among boulders and cairns.
Products such as honey, berries, cheese, truffles, apples, mushrooms and goat cheese. Everything is produced by, in and from Valle Brembana.
SarasItaly, Swedish travel agency in Italy, active travel in the small format that provides great experiences. * Bergamo * San Pellegrino Terme * Lake Como * Milan * Franciacorta. Hiking, cycling and good local food.