Bergamasque Alps. . CLTJSONE. 35. Route. 215
and Dossenu to Serina (p. 214) The parish-church of Dossena possesses
some good altar-piecea by Palma Vecchio and others.
A memorial-tablet in Cornello (1440 ft.), the next village,
denotes the ancestral abode of the Tassi family, of which the poets
Bernardo and Torquato Tasso were members, as well as Omodeo de'
Tassi, the alleged founder (in 1290) of the modern postal system
and ancestor of the princes of Thum and Taxis, the Germán post-
masters-general. — Thence the high-road proceeds viá Camerata
and Ponte di Ombrembo to Lenna (1518 ft.; Albergo del Solé), whero
the two upper braríches of the valley divide — the Valle di Mezzoldo,
to the W., and the Valfondra, to the E. Farther on are Piazza
Brembana (1758 ft. ; Alb. della Posta), the capital of the upper Val
Brembana, and Olmo al Brembo (1824 ft.).
From Olmo an easy paaa leads viá Mezzoldo (2740 ft), where the road
ends, to the refuge-hut (cantoniera) Ca San Marco (6010 ft.) and the Passo
San Marco (6555 ft.), descending to Albaredo, in the Valle del Bitto di
Alvaredo, and thence to Morbegno (p. 1?0), in the Val Tellina.
From Lenna a road runs to tbe N.E. in the beautiful Valfondra viá
Valnegra (2170 ft.) aud Molo de' Calvi, and through tbe Gola di Fondru,
a gloomy ravine, to the villages of Fondra, Trabochello, and Branzi (2770 ft.;
Alb. Bereru), in the upper part of the valley. From Branzi a bridle-path
leads to the N. to the Passo Dordona and thence through the Val Madre
to the station of San Pietro Berbenno (p. .181) in the Val Tellina; another
leads to the E. past the beautiful Falls of the Brembo to the Refugio ai
Laghi Gemelli (6635 ft.; inn), near the two mountain-lakes on the W. slope
of Monte Corte (8180 ft.), and thence over the Passo Aviasco to Valgoglio
and Gromo (p. 216), in the Val Seriana. The "Corno Stella (8595 ft.) may
be ascended from Branzi; from its summit a magniflcent view is obtained
of the Bergamasque Alps, the Val Tellina, the Alpine chain from the
Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa to the Ortler, and the distant, plain of
2. Val Seiuana.
Railwat from Bergamo (station, Pl. E, 6) to Ponte della Selva, 18 M.,
in I72 hr. (fares 2 fr. 35, 1 fr. 70 c). — Diligence from Ponte della Selva
to Clusone, thrice daily in 3/i hr.; from Clusone to Bondione, once daily in
ca. 37i hrs.; and from Clusone to Lovere, once daily in 2i/i hrs.
The Railway descends to the N.E. through the picturesque and
industrial Val Seriana (p. 210), or valley of the Serio, halfway
up which are man-y zinc and lead mines in the dolomitic triass.
— 4^2 M. Alzano, where the church of San Martino contains one of
Lotto's best works (Death of Peter Martyr); good wood-carvings in
the sacristy. 8 M. Albino. The line ascends, supported at places
by aTches standing in the bed of the Serio. 11 M. Gazzaniga, at the
entrance of the valley of Gandino.
18 M. Ponte della Selva (1560 ft.; Albergo Lonardi, very fair)
is the terminus of the line.
Higheoad thence to the N.E. to (3 M.) Clusone (2126 ft.; Alb.
Gambero, very fair; Alb. Reale), whence a road diverges to the S.E.
passing through the gorge (orrído) of the Val Borlezza viá Sovere
(p. 216) to (81/2 M.) Lovere (p. 226).
From Clusone the main route proceeds viá Ogna (1815 ft.) and
Ardesio (1945 ft.) to the (772 M.) Ponte di Briolta, where we reach