Bergamo Alps

Bacino del Barbellino

Build in the 1920's, from 1931 part of the water & energy supply chain for the growing North Italian industry. The water level is at an piteous low level for end of June; snow had been very scarce this winter. And there was still the heat in the last weeks...


High above the Bacino del Barbellino, near Rifugio Curo, reflecting the religios life of the Italian people.
Bacino del Barbellino Chapel near Bacino del Barbellino


Paso della Manina, 1,799 m on the trail from Rifugio Curo to Rifugio Albani. From this point on the scenery becomes more attractive; the distance between both shelters is a good one even for the sportsmen among hikers.


Sometimes the sky looks spectacular. However, in reality this comes a little smoother, as this photograph was taken with a long lens.
Paso della Manina View

Pizzo di Petto

In fact, Pizzo di Petto (2,137 m) is hiding behind this still higher rock (2,262 m). The mountains in this part of the Bergamo Alps remind of the Dolomites. Water is rare at the surface due to the karst geology.

Monte Ferrante

This 2,427 m mountain is accessable from trail 401 and worth a trip from Rifugio Albani. The trail leads along its north face, offering a good view at the Adamello Range.
Pizzo di Petto Monte Ferrante


Leontopodium alpinum, blooms from July till September. Common not only in the Alps, but also in other mountains such as the Himalaya. Popular as a symbol, on the backside of the Austrian 2 Cent coin, in the logo of the German Alpine Club, and in the militaries of the surrounding countries.


Gentiana clusii, or Trumpet Gentian, in blossom from May until August. Likes to grow on lime soil, and on the back side of the Austrian 1 Cent coin.
Edelweiss Gentian

Presolana 1

Seen from the far, from the trail no. 401. The area is also a ski-resort and thus more frequented by tourists during winter. Usually skiing is possible until May.

Presolana 2

Also from trail no. 401. The wall is a 400-500 m high paradies for free-climbers. About twenty different routes lead up the wall to the five summits.
Pizzo di Presolana from Monte Vigna Vaga Pizzo di Presolana from trail 401

View from Rifugio Albani

The houses down below belong to an old mine with deposits of fluorite and other minerals.

The Wall

The north face of Presolana in the evening sun, seen from the porch of Rifugio Albani.
View from Rifugio Albani Pizzo di Presolana from Rifugio Albani


While many people speak of the Bergamo Alps as "Prealpi" despite of the alpine landscape, the "real" Alps surely begin at the Adamello Range with summits well above 3,000 m , here seen from the south. Adamello is also well-known for its military history during World War One, when Australian and Italian troops were engaged in fierce battles, regardless of the mountains, the snow and ice, not to mention the cold weather.