Lake of Endine

Like an ancient closed jewel among verdant shores Lake Endine is the hidden treasure of the Val Cavallina.
It is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. Despite its popularism among tourists and citizens, it is never crowded and maintains an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation.
The lake and the whole stretch of the valley which is reflected in its waters, is full of attractions throughout the year. Small villages, tree-lined small beaches, unpolluted nature, restaurants and friendly locals compete to offer a pleasant vacation. Getting there from Bergamo is extremely easy following the main road 42, or the Tonale.

Val Cavallina

An itinerary not to be missed because, once you get passed the vast suburban town, the landscape begins to change. Valcavallina covers an important role in the viability of the Bergamo region since ancient times. Perhaps its furrow was already used by prehistoric people as a link between the area of the Lake Sebino and Val Camonica to the foothills of the Alps and the Lombardy plain. Certainly it was well known among the Romans, who have left many traces of their presence.
Between Bergamo and Lake Endine the village of San Paolo d’Argon, located at the beginning of the valley. It is famous for the great Benedictine monastery founded in the year one thousand and suppressed during the Napoleonic era. The religious complex, with interesting seventeenth-century frescoed rooms that overlook the two cloisters from Renaissance design, has played an important cultural and economic role. Beyond the artistic heritage, the vast cellars deserve a special attention. Among other things San Paolo d’Argon is situated in the production area of the famous wine Valcalepio Doc.
Another stop – Trescore Balneario, known for its thermal baths, whose healing springs were already appreciated by the Romans, and where Lorenzo Lotto left a fine example of his genius with the cycle of frescoes of Santa Barbara History in the Oratory Suardi.
History and art are intertwined along Valcavallina as you get closer to the lake. Among the most interesting locations: Entratico known to scholars for the presence of a large cavity; Buca del Corno, where prehistoric burials and can be visited in summer, on Sunday afternoons; Luzzana with a thirteenth-century castle; Casazza with important medieval remains. The lake is now close: along the way it is easy to come across groups of cyclists who, favored by the characteristics of the wide and almost flat valley, find the ideal environment for enjoyable excursions.
Among other things, the Valcavallina is well known among cycling enthusiasts because the first Bergamo bike path was traced there. Today traits of dirt roads and streets alternate with each other between Borgo di Terzo and Endine.
The shores of the lake, whose perimeter is about 20 kilometers, are also ideal for hiking. Particularly enjoyable is a walk in the green between Monasterolo and the tiny village of San Felice, along the eastern side.
The water mirror is suitable for various sports, from rowing to canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, while paths and mule tracks allow you to go hiking on the slopes of the banks, including ancient churches and crops.
Monasterolo del Castello is named after a castle, destroyed in medieval times and rebuilt in the XIII-XIV century, then transformed into a noble residence. Another important monument is the beautiful Romanesque church of San Pietro in Vincoli, which stands on the shore in Spinone al Lago. The Suardo castle overlooking the lake from Bianzano stands out in the landscape of this part of the valley.