Ca’ Masconzano was built during the Venetian Republic period and is now Giovanni and Monica De Ferrari’s home.
This beautiful farmhouse is surrounded by the ancient De Ferrari’s vineyards, the important churches spread around the Almennos and the headquarters of the Lurani Cernischi winery (www.luranicernuschi.it).
All of these constitute a treasure of which we are very proud, they are a “must” for the rediscovery of our territory, rich in culture, culinary arts, green, peace, but also simplicity and practicality, in short, a holiday for the peace of mind.
We live in a small reality, little known to international tourism, but we do have the pleasure of hosting four of the most renowned Romanesque churches which are perfectly set in green spots away from the chaos of the traffic and town life. These 4 Romanesque and post-Romanesque jewels are:
- San Tommaso in Lemine church also known as “San Tomè”
- Pieve della Madonna del Castello church
- San Giorgio church
- And Santa Maria della Consolazione church also known as “San Nicola”
By walking around, you can appreciate exquisite art as well as participate to an unforgettable experience through nature. It is a place recently revalued, where art, music and culture intertwine in a splendid combination strongly tied to the traditions of the valleys that surround us.
Back in Roman times, Almenno was an important military route, which connected Bergamo to Lecco and Switzerland thanks to a small bridge named as ‘Ponte della Regina’ (Queen’s Bridge), of which you can appreciate only ruins.
Two thousand years ago, the Romans guided some drainage paths, leaving a vast amount of ruins and establishing a town named Lemennis, which was built as a result of struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines.
In the fifteenth century the site became the domain of the Visconti lordship and lasted under the domain of Veneto until the eighteenth century.
Our itinerary includes a visit to the pedestrian routes through landscapes and rich history.
Madonna del Castello:
This church was built under the Longobardians and it is now the oldest church on our territory. It was divided into three bodies: the Crypt, the Pieve and the Sanctury.
Its plant suggests it was build in 1500 AC even if its documented origins date 867 AC.
The crypt is the only and the best-kept pre-Romanic example left in Bergamo diocese in ninth century.
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, another church has been build on top of the Pieve and it’s now called Madonna del Castello. The important frescos by Previtali and Boselli are exhibited within these walls.
It is the largest Romanesque church within Bergamo diocese after Santa Maria Maggiore.
Its origins date back prior to 1000AC but it has been rebuilt in the twelfth century.
It is well known for the important frescos of eleventh, twelfth and sixteenth centuries. It is now surrounded by nature, but it used to be in the centre of a medieval village, which has been destroyed by the Republic of Venice in 1443.
The most attractive parts of this building are the thirteenth-fourteenth century votive paintings, all gathered together in the same place. Those frescos constitute the complete circle of Christ’s life and it is also the oldest known in Bergamo surroundings.
This former Augustinian convent was built in 1884/85 by a vote of the local population. In 1630, during the plague that struck for nearly two-thirds the population, the Almenno inhabitants dedicated the Holy Monastery to St. Nicholas of Tolentino, as sign of great devotion. The convent has been a monastery until 1770, when the Venetian Republic confiscated it and sold it to the ancestors of the current family Lurani Cernuschi.
In the inside, you can admire some of the most remarkable and most valuable paintings such as those of Antonio Boselli, a shovel of Cifrondi, a Trinity of Andrea Previtali, and, last but not the least, the Antegnati organ (1558) built by Constanzo Antegnati, a famous organ builder from Brescia.
The organ is a wonderful tool contained in a wooden case made in the sixteenth century. It is composed by 5 bays and enclosed by two doors covered by paintings of musical angels and Annunciation scenes, that have been recently renovated in 1996.
The church is an acoustically appropriate venue for concerts of fifteenth century sacred music, recalling some of the most accomplished organists on the international scene, as well as RAI (Italian radio and television) recordings of concerts.
This isolated temple was built over a pre existent pagan temple, which was dedicated to Juno.
The circular building is one of the few remaining in northern Italy and it seems to date back to 1130-1150. This excellent monument embodies the perfect Romanesque architectural rules of Lombardy.
The theme of circular lines is reflected in the two levels of the ambulatory and the gallery. Right next to the church stood a nunnery documented in 1203. San Tomè has been recently renovated and it is now headquarters of ‘Romanesque Central Studies Association’ and ‘European Romanesque Antenna’ (www.antennaeuropeadelromanico.it).
Clanezzo Fortified Bridge
The tenth century splendid bridge rises over the river Imagna and it was an important road that led from Almenno into the Brembilla valley.
This daring structure is a single arch made of rocky buttresses jutting out over the river, and it was the scene of bloody battles between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines.
Just after the bridge, the road branches out in a new path following river Brembo towards a harbour where, in the past, you could get on a ferry allowing the connections between the two sides. Today it is only a walking path that allows you to cross the river Brembo.
Tours can be booked through
there are various cycling routes (easy, medium or hard) around the area.
Two wonderful valleys, Brembana and Imagna, surround us, and offer you the possibility to discover the place on two wheels, plunging yourself into a natural spectacle.
Further information upon request.
Mountain bike hire on site by booking.
there are various footpaths through nature and mountains that allow you to discover the wonderful territory that surrounds us.
our location sits very close to the golf court ‘Albenza Golf Club’, where you can be booked in for an afternoon of fun sport and relaxation.
This adventure park is an excellent treat for body and mind!
Overcoming a series of different activities you will find yourself suspended between the trees, walking on boardwalks, bridges and suspended logs and you will also have the chance to swing on breathtaking tirolienne. It is a great opportunity to experience courage, trust, solidarity towards others and fun, all of this respecting rules and the natural environment.
Carèra, sorgente di benessere
Rest and relaxation.
Bio-Carera spa offers you Spa treatments of high quality and a skilled and careful selection of organic cosmetics in the new and exclusive rooms in Carera. You can choose your beauty program in an environment that has no equal where everyone will give new energy to your life.
Don’t miss the thrill of a paragliding flight in a two-seat glide with instructor!!
Flights available on request and are compatible with the weather.
The Lurani Cernuschi is located within the former monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione, also known as San Nicola.
Augustinian monks founded the monastery in the late 15th century, and ruled it until the end of the 18th century. Grapes were grown even in that early period, in a field beneath the bell tower, known as Umbriana.
Around the 1960s, with the demise of the sharecropping system, Giampiero Lurani Cernuschi, Emanuele’s son, undertook the modernisation of the estate and its focus on high-value viticulture. Since the 1990’s, Giampiero’s nephew Giovanni De Ferrari has been faithfully following the family tradition, along the path of innovation and improvement.
In the shadow of the bell tower of San Nicola, history and respect for tradition are happily combined with the most modern and finest winemaking technology.
We offer the opportunity to book guided tours to the cellars and vineyards, and to enjoy a wine tasting together with delicious finger food and local products.
Price per visit per person is €10.
To fully enjoy your visit, a group should not exceed 40-45 people. Reservations are required (035-642576, telephone number and fax, or email@example.com)
An exquisite day out
In the magical setting of a sixteenth-century monastery, you will have the opportunity to learn the art and craft of making wine and to learn the basics of wine tasting, all spiced up with an unforgettable day in the country and entertained by a delightful pic-nic.
Giovanni De Ferrari will guide you on this unforgettable adventure, proposing the following program:
- Tour of the vineyards and the basics of wine production
- Tour of the cellar and discussion of the production techniques
- Wine tasting and snack break
- Guided tour to the nearby church of S.Tome’ and the church of S. Maria della Consolazione (also known as S. Nicola)
If the weather is nice, the tours will be held by walking around the vineyards and the little town. The tour starts at 10 am until 5 pm and the price per person is €70 (min 6 people). Participants will be given a tasting glass to keep as a souvenir.
‘La Frasca’ sits in the beautiful cloister of S. Nicola church. The average meal is €30, wine included, and it offers a selection of local product, grilled meat and pizza.Ristorante La Frasca
‘Ristorante Collina’ offers a fixed menu for our guests (€55 per person, wine included).
The chef Mario Cornali and the pastry chef Giovanni Beretta are happy to share their local cuisine skills, which give space to their creativity. The chef Mario is also a member of ‘Slow Cooking Association’.Ristorante Collina