A leap into the past from the bridge at Ubiale • • Visit Bergamo

A leap into the past from the bridge at Ubiale

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Visitors to Ubiale, a small cluster of houses at the entrance to the Brembana Valley, often feel like they have stepped back into the Middle Ages.

One interesting example of these is the elegant bridge built by Count Attone over the River Imagna at the point where it flows into the River Brembo.

Count Attone, the last count of Lecco and Almeno, was credited not only with the design of the bridge but also the construction of Clanezzo Castle and a fortification on Mount Ubione which controlled access to the Imagna Valley.

Certain important parts of the castle survive today, including a tower. The strategic importance of the area is confirmed by the fact that a mule path ran down to the River Brembo to the place where a ferry once connected the two banks. Here, in 1925, a suspension bridge was built for workers to cross to the factories where they worked. The bridge is still in use today.

A short distance from Ubiale, at the mouth of the River Imagna, the remains of a magnificent water hammer can be found. This hammer worked iron and remained in operation until half a century ago. Although deserted, the place is extremely interesting.


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Visitors to Ubiale, a small cluster of houses at the entrance to the Brembana Valley, often feel like they have stepped back into the Middle Ages.

One interesting example of these is the elegant bridge built by Count Attone over the River Imagna at the point where it flows into the River Brembo.

Count Attone, the last count of Lecco and Almeno, was credited not only with the design of the bridge but also the construction of Clanezzo Castle and a fortification on Mount Ubione which controlled access to the Imagna Valley.

Certain important parts of the castle survive today, including a tower. The strategic importance of the area is confirmed by the fact that a mule path ran down to the River Brembo to the place where a ferry once connected the two banks. Here, in 1925, a suspension bridge was built for workers to cross to the factories where they worked. The bridge is still in use today.

A short distance from Ubiale, at the mouth of the River Imagna, the remains of a magnificent water hammer can be found. This hammer worked iron and remained in operation until half a century ago. Although deserted, the place is extremely interesting.