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Anemone narcissifolia - picture by Ferranti

Anemone narcissifolia - picture by Ferranti

Eritrichium nanum - picture by Ferranti

Eritrichium nanum - picture by Ferranti

Wood - picture by Donghi

Wood - picture by Donghi

Black grouse - picture by Bettini

Black grouse - picture by Bettini

Fox - picture by Bettini

Fox - picture by Bettini

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Bitto cheese - Parco Orobie Valtellinesi

Bitto cheese - Parco Orobie Valtellinesi

Leonardo da Vinci - foto: Paolo Erba

Leonardo da Vinci - foto: Paolo Erba

Venere - foto: Paolo Erba

Venere - foto: Paolo Erba

Tour description

Take the via Priula from the San Marco pass. After a few steep downhill turns the road enters a beautiful larch wood. This ancient road was built at the end of the 16th century by Bergamo mayor Alvise Priuli. It was a strategic transit route for goods from the Venetian Republic to the Grisons and northern Europe. The new road made it possible to avoid the Lake Como road, dangerous and burdened with heavy tolls. This stretch is part of the marked GVO (Gran Via delle Orobie) trail. Walk down to the Casera d’Orta Vaga cheesefarm (1694 m) where you will leave the GVO. Continue downhill to the centre of Valle d’Orta, where you will cross the Orta stream. At this point you are in full view of the scenic valley head. After a few hundred metres the trail enters a thick fir forest. Walk on to the first houses of Dosso Chierico (1219 m). An easy uphill walk will take you past the Madonna delle Grazie chapel, one of the most scenic points of the entire trail: to your right is wide Bema hill separating, with its nice pastures, the Bitto di Albaredo valley from the Gerola valley. Near the chapel tale the dirt road leading anew to the Via Priula, leading you directly to Albaredo per San Marco, by the “Cumpanadech” hotel.

Trail description: Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park.

Environment, NATURA2000, Protected areas

The trail is entirely included in the territory of the Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park. The Orobic Alps are the first mountain range you will meet travelling north from the Po Plain. The Orobic Alps span the Bergamo, Brescia, Lecco, and Sondrio provinces. The southern slope is gentler and the valley morphology is more intricate and diversified. The northern slope, in the Valtellina, drops more steeply down to the Adda river, with deep and roughly parallel glens. The Orobie Valtellinesi Park is situated on the northern side, in the Valtellina. The park’s upper boundary coincides with the border of Sondrio province, on a west to east direction along the Mount Legnone watershed to the Aprica Pass; the lower boundary lies at at an elevation of approximately 1000 m amsl.

In the park’s territory you will also walk across the Valle del Bitto di Gerola, the Valtorta and Valmoresca Natura 2000 sites

For further information, please contact:
Consorzio Parco delle Orobie Valtellinesi
via Toti 30C, 23100 Sondrio
tel. +39 0342 211236
fax +39 0342 210226

Fauna, Natura2000 species

Birds: Aegolius funereus, Alectoris graeca, Aquila chrysaetos, Bonasa bonasia,
Bubo bubo, Dryocopus martius, Glaucidium passerinum, Lagopus mutus, Lanius collurio, Pernis apivorus, Tetrao tetrix , Tetrao urogallus

Bats: Rhinoluphus ferrumequinum, Myotis blythi, Myotis myotis

Dettagli supplementari:
Dettagli e biologia delle specie presenti nei SIC della Provincia di Sondrio

Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites

- Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
- Valle del Bitto di Albaredo, Natura 2000 site
- Valtorta e Valmoresca Natura 200 site

WWF’s tips for hikers

Plan each stage carefully, purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.

Further stages

Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 14
or: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 14a

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Places along the route: Passo San Marco - Valle d'Orta - Dosso Chiorico - Valle Piazza - Albaredo per San Marco. Please follow officially marked trails.


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Tour history (B01368)

First published: Sonntag, 16. März 2008

Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.9 km | Time requirement: 3½ h
Ascent: 245 m | Descent: 1223 m
Highest point: 1985 m.a.s.l.

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