Sights in Bergamo

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The Sentierone is to the right

The Sentierone is to the right

Andrew McGarrell

Everywhere you go there is something to see. A castle, a fountain, the view and the buildings.

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Le Mura

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Le Mura, the majestic walls seen around the upper town today, were built by the Venetians starting in 1561.

The principle big door is Porta Sant'Agostino built in 1575 and is the entrance to CittĂ  Alta at the top of Viale Vittorio Emanuele.

There is an awesome walk along the top of "Le Mura" including parks and a view for kilometers of the lower town and the plains below.

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url:fondazione.bergamoestoria.it

Piazza Vecchia

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Torre Civica
Torre Civica
photo by: Andrew McGarrell

The best thing about Italy is the idea of the town square. It's a central focusing point where you can go to see people, have an ice cream, an aperitif or dinner and sometimes even take in a puppet show or medieval dancing.

The best square to experience is in CittĂ  Alta with the Contarini Fountain from 1780 in the center, the Civic Library and the Palazzo della Ragione from the 1400s.

The Bell Tower rings 100 times at 10 o'clock at night, a custom that remains from the medieval times to warn the farmers to come in before the walled-city more..

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Via San Tomaso

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A beautiful artistic street and one of the oldest streets in Bergamo where the Carrara Art Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery are located. It is lined with art dealers, particular bars for wine experts or artists, art galleries, antique shops, artistic restaurants, and the laboratories of antique or painting restorers.

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accessibility:Car, Bus, on foot
url:www.viasantomaso.com
address:Via San Tomaso, Lower Bergamo

Il Sentierone

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The Sentierone is to the right
The Sentierone is to the right
photo by: Andrew McGarrell

Going off to the right of the center of the lower town, while looking at the upper town from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is the huge walking street called Il Sentierone. People walk up and down the sidewalk of this street to practice a very famous Latin custom. See your friends, have something at the sidewalk cafe and socialize.

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Via XX Settembre

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Go shopping for Italian goods or meet up with people along Via XX Settembre. Start from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and go west down this street full of all kinds of shops.

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Chiesa di S. Michele al Pozzo Bianco

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In 1525 in the church of S. Michele al Pozzo Bianco also Lorenzo Lotto worked, to whom the cycle of frescoes are attributed, showing the life of Maria in the chapel to the left of the presbiterio.

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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accessibility:On foot
tel:Tel. 035/247651
openingHours:Every day 8-12; 14-18
url:fondazione.bergamoestoria.it
address:Via Porta Dipinta- going up to Citta Alta

La Rocca

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As well as being a great fort to explore, La Rocca has a park and naturally a commanding view in three directions. From the top is a great overview of CittĂ  Alta and the lower town.

After you get off the funicular in the Upper Town in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, follow the signs and the narrow street called Via Rocca, up to La Rocca. It has a great museum and an old Roman road with grooves worn into it by Roman Chariots outside on the right under the bushes before you enter the castle. And don't forget to take in the view of the town below and the mountains in more..

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url:fondazione.bergamoestoria.it
address:Via Rocca, CittĂ  Alta, Bergamo
accessibility:Top of funicular

The Mountains

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The mountains near Bergamo are spectacular in all seasons especially with snow in the winter and hiking in the summer. Go to Brembana or Seriana Valleys for skiing, hiking, kayaking, festivals, history, culture, geology, antique shows, typical food and drinks and much more.

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url:www.valbrembanaweb.com

Botanical Gardens "Lorenzo Rota"

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The Botanical Gardens have over 900 species in 1357 square meters, with lots of them in micro-habitats that reproduce or evoke natural environments. There are trees, swamp or lake plants, arid zone plants, Mediterranean, Alpine and exotic plants and plants useful to man. This is a very pretty place to visit and nice to walk it.

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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tel:035 286060/Fax 035 270318
openingHours:9 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 5 pm March & October/ April thru Sept: 9 to 12 & 2 to 6/ Sun & holidays 9 to 7
url:ortobotanico.comune.bergamo.it
address:Scaletta di Colle Aperto, Citta Alta, 24129 Bergamo
email:ortobotanico@comune.bg.it

The Porch and the Palazzo della Ragione

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From Piazza Vecchia the covered arched porch of the Palazzo della Ragione extends south. It is full of interesting historical facts and monuments. To the right near the Caffe' del Tasso is a statue of the famous poet, Torquato Tasso, up on a column.

In the past there was an open court here and the condemned people were made to sit on a stone chair to be exposed to the public. Now the area is used for famous puppet shows with well-known characters such as Harlequin who originated in this province. more..

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url:www.duepassinelmistero.com
address:Piazza Vecchia, Cittŕ Alta
accessibility:Bus, car, on foot

La Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Lion Column of the Duomo
Lion Column of the Duomo
photo by: Karen Brubaker

Behind Piazza Vecchia (or south) is the beautiful church of Santa Maria Maggiore built on the place of a smaller church from around 774 A.D. Building began in 1137 projected to be almost in the form of an elongated Greek cross. The roof is covered with stone ardesia shingles just like the houses way up in the local mountains. The sides are covered in red, white and black marble.

The portal has all kinds of figures of heads, animals and warriors from the Lombard League that alternate with decorative geometric elements. Above the arc is a statue of Saint more..

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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address:La Piazetta del Duomo, CittĂ  Alta

The Fountains of Citta Alta

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The most famous fountain is Fontana Contarini in Piazza Vecchia and the second most is Fontana San Pancrazio in Via Gombito in front of the San Pancrazio Church and Albergo Agnello d'Oro.

A beautiful old area is the Lavatoio (public wash basins) in Via Mario Lupo. There are still many more fountains, wash basins and water cisterns in the Old Town.

type:Fountains and statues
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url:www.comune.bergamo.it

Castello di San Vigilio

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There was a castle in San Vigilio but now it is reduced only to its base. It has a park, a fantastic view and some underground areas to explore. Take the Funicular at Colle Aperto (through the city doors) up to San Vigilio. Go right to the parking lot and go up the stairs to the castle. It's a lot of fun exploration - and the funicular ride is historic!

type:Castles
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accessibility:by funicular or car, then on foot
address:San Vigilio

Castello della Botta - San Pellegrino

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Stay in a real castle with all the decorations!

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San Tomè Church and Convent

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San Tomè is a circular Romanesque temple built around the XII century adjacent to a restored convent located on the cliff above the Brembo River in a forest of chestnuts in the community of Almenno San Bartomoleo. It has a cross-shaped opening which lights up the altar during the spring eqinox.

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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url:www.luoghimisteriosi.it

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