The route plunges deeply in the territory of the Concarena. Mountain of Light Ecomuseum, in Mid Valle Camonica, and includes the Municipalities of Capo di Ponte, Ono San Pietro, Cerveno, Losine, and Breno.
Mt. Concarena boasts a geological history of almost 230 million years: its slopes offer inspiring environments, stories, cultures, traditions and lifestyles linked to a limestone soil reminiscent of the Dolomites which, every other year, becomes the center of an important celebration, Calchera and surroundings at Ono San Pietro, where the famous “calcherocc” (limestone workers) animate with their work the streets of the historic town.
A land of vineyards “sculptured in the living stone”, where vine-growing has found an ideal place for its development. A tradition recalled every year, in late September, in the popular Losine festival called Scior del Tòrcol, represented by the huge wine press with horizontal lever rebuilt outside the Cerveno House-Museum, dedicated to farmer life and wine.
Breno, the last stage of the route, is enriched by the presence of the fascinating and interesting Castle, which is also the site of numerous folk manifestations among which Camunerie, a yearly event inspired by the medieval epoch, during which shows are held about past arts and trades
This itinerary can also be made as a loop, going back to Capo di Ponte through the ped-cycle track along the valley bottom, also flanking in some inspiring sections the Oglio River.
The Capo di Ponte infopoint, which is only a few hundred metres from the train station and also has a broad parking lot for busses and cars, is an important centre to obtain updated information on current events and manifestations.
At a short distance, worth visiting are the National Museum of Prehistory of Valle Camonica (UNESCO site n. 94 “Rock Drawings of Valle Camonica”), in the historic centre of the town, next to the parish church of St. Martino, the Cemmo Boulders Archaeological National Park, the Seradina-Bedolina Municipal Archaeological Park and the parish church of St. Siro, in the nearby suburb of Cemmo.
In Capo di Ponte it is also possible to visit the Cissva shop where, besides the local cheeses, you can find various products from the basket of Flavours of Valle Camonica and taste the IGT wines at some wine shops, among which Cantina Flonno and Cantina Concarena.
After visiting the town of Capo di Ponte, we suggest moving to Ono S. Pietro, where a “calchera” is preserved in which, in the past centuries, lime was produced: a tiresome and difficult work, which lasted seven days and seven nights, passed on from father to son and a source of sustenance for numerous families, which today is recalled and appreciated on occasion of the biennial event Calchera and surroundings.
Here, the landscape presents typical phenomena of limestone formations, the Dolinas, locally called “biss” and located north-west of the town.
Later, you can reach the historic centre of Cerveno through a cobbled road flanked by stone walls, where it is worth stopping at the House Museum, a rural bulding from the late 16th century, with an ancient press with lever and a display of tools used in the fields for vine-growing, the Sanctuary of the Way of the Cross, with its 198 wooden statues dating back to the 18th century, made by the sculptor Beniamino Simoni and Cantina Zanetta, with a particular hexagonal structure.
After crossing the town, go toward the sports field, proceeding in the direction of Losine, a small medieval town where you can visit the recently remodeled Mill and the “Caldera”, cheese factory, now the site of the infopoint IGT Wines Association of Valle Camonica.
Crossing a charming landscape of vineyards, you find the wine shops Cantina Monchieri and then Cantina Cooperativa Rocche dei Vignali, in the Sant area, where you find also the Flavours of Valle Camonica shop
From here, continuing on the paved road toward Breno, when you get to the bridge over the Oglio River, you run across the ped-cycle track which, crosses one of the few unpolluted farming areas of the Valley and thanks to a footbridge on the river, takes you to the town.
The medieval town allows visiting numerous churches, among which St. Antonio, famous for the 16th century frescoes by Romanino, the impressive Castle, built on a hill where you can look over the middle Valley, or the interesting Camunian Museum, where there are displays of important works evincing the art and the history of Valle Camonica.
From Breno, it is then possible to gain access to the train station or to State Road n. 42 to go to the main destinations or, if you want to make a loop by bicycle or on foot, go back to the ped-cycle track, toward Capo di Ponte and return to the starting point.