Itineraries to the discovery of the Imagna Valley’s treasures
The Imagna Valley, a small valley in the Bergamasque Prealps where our farm stay is located,
is a land full of natural, historical and architectonic beauties.
During your stay at our farm stay, you can visit the main points of interest of the Imagna Valley. Below we’re suggesting some of them, divided by itineraries. You can find many more in the guide available for downloading.
The Romanesque itinerary of the Almennos
It is a real museum of art among nature, in the territory between the towns of Almenno S. Bartolomeo and Almenno S. Salvatore (together called “Almennos”). Once called “Lemine”, this area offers a wonderful itinerary, in which you can visit four churches, jewels of the Romanesque and post-Romanesque architecture: the San Tomé Temple, the Saint George and Saint Nicholas Churches and the Madonna del Castello Sanctuary.
The faith itinerary to the Santuario della Cornabusa
The Santuario dellaCornabusa is a sanctuary located in Cepino, a small district of the town of Sant’OmobonoTerme. This sanctuary is one of the most peculiar natural sanctuaries in all of Italy; it’s been built in a cave. It was a beloved place to Pope John XXIII, who said that it is “the most beautiful sanctuary in the world, because it wasn’t made by men, it was made by God”. The Santuario della Cornabusa is the main point of devotion for the Christian believers of the valley and it is also a destination for millions of tourists from all over Northern Italy .
The ancient districts: the rural architecture made of stones
The Imagna Valley has an historical and architectural heritage of great artistic value. Characteristic of the ancient buildings of the valley are the so-called “tetti in piode”, peculiar roofs that are an example of the brilliance of the rural inhabitants. The “piode” are stones made from limestone rock slabs found in the territory.
You can admire these characteristic roofs in the historic villages that are scattered across the valley. Of particular importance is the ancient hamlet of Arnosto, in the town of FuipianoImagna; dating back to the 14th century, it was the venue of the VenetianCustoms, guarding the border between the Duchy of Milan and the Republic of Venice (called “La Serenissima”, the “Most Serene”).
Visits to local farms with wine and food tastings
Numerous agricultural activities are still actively working in the Imagna Valley, and they passionately hand down the tastes that have accompanied the peasants for centuries.
You can taste cheeses, cold cuts, wines, handmade beers, small fruits and jams both at Agriturismo&Scuderiadella Valle and at the local farm businesses, and you can take a closer look to the production methods that are still faithful to tradition.
One of the most characteristic food is the “stracchino” (called “strachì” in the local dialect) , a type of cheese which takes its name from the habit of using the milk from cows that are “stracche” (which means “tired”); so this cheese comes from tired cows that come down from the alpine pastures in the autumn.