Iso­la Ber­ga­ma­sca splen­di­da ter­ra tra due fiu­mi

A beau­ti­ful ter­ri­to­ry bet­ween two ri­vers Di­sco­ver

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L’iso­la ber­ga­ma­sca ha una sto­ria mol­to an­ti­ca, che è pos­si­bi­le ri­vi­ve­re at­tra­ver­so le nu­me­ro­se te­sti­mo­nian­ze pre­sen­ti in tut­to il ter­ri­to­rio. An­co­ra og­gi an­ti­che tor­ri, mi­ste­rio­si ca­stel­li e ric­che chie­se rac­chiu­do­no per­le di sto­ria, spi­ri­tua­li­tà e leg­gen­da. So­no in­nu­me­re­vo­li i luo­ghi del­la cul­tu­ra e gli iti­ne­ra­ri te­ma­ti­ci al­la sco­per­ta dell’iso­la: i del­la fe­de sul­le or­me di il pa­tri­mo­nio Une­sco; il fa­sci­no del­le e il fa­sto del­le chie­se che co­stu­di­sco­no ric­che te­sti­mo­nian­ze del pe­rio­do Ba­roc­co; le in­ca­sto­na­te in splen­di­di par­chi; i ca­stel­li di Mar­ne e di Sol­za; i per­cor­si nel­la na­tu­ra lun­go le spon­de del fiu­me Ad­da, del fiu­me Brem­bo e sul­le pen­di­ci del Mon­te Can­to; l’os­ser­va­to­rio astro­no­mi­co “La Tor­re del So­le”; il tra­ghet­to di Leo­nar­do e il pon­te in fer­ro ad ar­ca­ta uni­ca di San Mi­che­le. Tra i due fiu­mi, l’ad­da e il Brem­bo, che de­li­mi­ta­no que­sta splen­di­da ter­ra ai pie­di del­le mon­ta­gne, so­no na­ti gran­di per­so­nag­gi del­la sto­ria co­me il San­to Gio­van­ni XXIII e il gran­de con­dot­tie­ro del­la Re­pub­bli­ca di Ve­ne­zia, Bar­to­lo­meo Colleoni, ed al­tri han­no la­scia­to le lo­ro trac­ce, co­me il ge­nio to­sca­no Leo­nar­do da Vin­ci e la fa­mi­glia di im­pren­di­to­ri co­to­nie­ri Cre­spi. Nell’iso­la Ber­ga­ma­sca nu­me­ro­se azien­de man­ten­go­no vi­va l’an­ti­ca tra­di­zio­ne agri­co­la del ter­ri­to­rio, vo­ta­to da se­co­li al­la col­ti­va­zio­ne e al­la pro­du­zio­ne eno­ga­stro­no­mi­ca. Ri­sal­ta­no pro­dot­ti di ec­cel­len­za ri­co­no­sciu­ti a li­vel­lo na­zio­na­le, che è pos­si­bi­le ac­qui­sta­re di­ret­ta­men­te dai pro­dut­to­ri lo­ca­li o de­gu­sta­re pres­so i mi­glio­ri ri­sto­ran­ti e agri­tu­ri­smi del­la zo­na. Na­sce nell’iso­la una del­le mi­glio­ri fa­ri­ne del­la po­len­ta ber­ga­ma­sca, il “No­stra­no dell’iso­la Ber­ga­ma­sca”, una del­le più no­te va­rie­tà lo­ca­li di mais.

The Iso­la Ber­ga­ma­sca area boasts a ve­ry old and long hi­sto­ry whi­ch can be re­li­ved th­rou­gh the ma­ny ar­chaeo­lo­gi­cal and cul­tu­ral si­tes found all over the re­gion. Still to­day, an­cient to­wers, my­ste­rious ca­stles and la­vi­sh chur­ches pre­ser­ve pearls of hi­sto­ry, spi­ri­tua­li­ty and le­gend. The­re are coun­tless cul­tu­ral spo­ts and the­ma­tic iti­ne­ra­ries to be ex­plo­red in the Iso­la: pla­ces of fai­th tra­cing the li­fe of Po­pe John XXIII ; the wor­kers’ vil­la­ge at Cre­spi d’ad­da, a Une­sco world he­ri­ta­ge si­te; the fa­sci­na­tion of Ro­ma­ne­sque chur­ches and the ma­gni­fi­cen­ce of chur­ches hou­sing ex­qui­si­te trea­su­res from the Ba­ro­que pe­riod; ma­nor hou­ses ne­stled in splen­did parks; the ca­stles at Mar­ne and Sol­za; na­tu­re ex­cur­sions along the banks of the ri­vers Ad­da and Brem­bo and on the slo­pes of Mount Can­to; “La Tor­re del So­le” astro­no­mic ob­ser­va­to­ry; Leo­nar­do’s fer­ry­boat and the sin­gle- span iron brid­ge of San Mi­che­le. Ma­ny great hi­sto­ri­cal fi­gu­res we­re born in this ma­gni­fi­cent land at the feet of the moun­tains mar­ked off by the ri­vers Ad­da and Brem­bo, su­ch as Po­pe John XXIII and the great con­dot­tie­ro of the Ve­ne­tian Re­pu­blic, Bar­to­lo­meo Colleoni. Ma­ny others ha­ve al­so left their marks su­ch as the Tu­scan ge­nius Leo­nar­do da Vin­ci and the cot­ton ma­nu­fac­tu­ring fa­mi­ly the Cre­spis. The an­cient tra­di­tio­nal ter­ri­to­rial agri­cul­tu­re has been kept ali­ve by nu­me­rous lo­cal de­vo­ted far­mers for hun­dreds of years. Na­tio­nal­ly re­co­gni­zed pro­duc­ts of ex­cel­len­ce can be bought di­rec­tly from the lo­cal pro­du­cers and ta­sted in the va­rie­ty of re­no­w­ned re­stau­ran­ts, farms and ‘agri­tu­ri­smi’ in the area. One of the fi­ne­st flours for Ber­ga­mo­sty­le po­len­ta co­mes from Iso­la, the “No­stra­no dell’iso­la Ber­ga­ma­sca”, one of the mo­st well- kno­wn lo­cal va­rie­ties. n

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