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Things to do in Bergamo

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Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Upper City of Bergamo
Visit the monumental city at night, when it is well lit, because at that time it has a special appeal. Although Bergamo suffers from poor lighting in many buildings, it is still gorgeous and very lively in its older part. Behind the Piazza Vecchia, and once you have seen the magnificent library building, pass by Palazzo del Podesta and you will arrive to the small Piazza del Duomo, a jewel. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, Coleoni Chapel and the Baptistery are also a couple of architectural marvel.
Castles in Bergamo
Rocca di Bergamo
If you want to enjoy one of the best views of the upper town of Bergamo, go to the Rock. From the back, next to the wall, you can enjoy a fantastic view, the "skyline Bergano" with all the silhouettes and shadows of the domes of churches and towers. At night it is even prettier when the sun goes down!
Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Bergamo Cathedral
This Italian town from medieval times, perched on a promontory, is historical and beautiful with its two cog railways which take you way to the top of the Castle Villa where there is a spectacular view of the town and the countryside . The Cathedral is an architectural spectacle, and the paintings... so I recommend a leisurely stroll.
Churches in Bergamo
Cappella Colleoni
Colleoni Chapel is arguably the most beautiful building in Bergamo, although the surrounding building are also beautiful. It is dedicated to the saints Bartholomew, Mark and John the Baptist. It was built between 1472 and 1476 as a mausoleum for Bartolomeo Colleoni. The facade makes use of diamond-shaped decorations in polychrome white, red and black marble. The main portal has the rose window, flanked by two portrait medallions of Julius Caesar and Trajan. The top of the base has nine rows of reliefs with Biblical stories and four bas-reliefs depicting the life of Hercules. For centuries it was thought that the remains of Colleoni were buried elsewhere and that the sarcophagus was empty. However, on November 21, 1969 the tomb of Colleoni was discovered in a wooden coffin, hidden in the bottom of the sarcophagus. It is prohibited to take pictures inside, and there's a woman inside ve is responsible for selling souvenirs and monitoring. We have a bunch of pictures just of the building's exterior.
Airports in Bergamo
Il Caravaggio International Airport
On the way to Berlin made a stopover in Milan for 24 hours. Since I was flying with Ryanair we landed at the Bergamo airport (one of its biggest hub). The truth is that airports are all the same, thus not much to comment there but here is a bit of information that I consider important. Until recently it was forbidden to sleep in Bergamo and now there is a restaurant in the arrivals area that's open until five o'clock. So that is a plus. They don't allow you to "camp-out", but you can sleep worry-free. My next recommendation is about the time of the stopover in Bergamo. If you don't have much time there is a mall less than a mile from the airport where you have McDonalds and all the typical things you'd find in a mall. If you have a lot of time as I did (24 hours) go to Milan, because you can see everything in one day. Autostrada offers buses for 14 to 16 euros, and for four euros more you can rent a locker until midnight. Milan has a lot to see but not enough to make a vacation out of it, so the next time you travel take advantage of it to make a stop in Milan.
Squares in Bergamo
Piazza Vecchia
The old square is in the heart of Bergamo. It acquired its present form between 1440 and 1493. The Contarini fountain in the center was ordered to be built by the Venetian mayor during the eighteenth century. The Palazzo della Ragione stands in the circle bordering the square and above the balcony is the Lion of the St. Mark, built in the sixteenth century to remember the name of the Republic of Venice. It's a very nice place full of all of the most important buildings in the city.
Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Venetian Walls of Bergamo
The Venetian walls of Bergamo is a stunning architectural construction that dates back to the XVI century. The upper part of the town of Bergamo was attacked by Spanish troops. The economic effort to restructure the city following this was huge, leading to the removal of a third of the houses, and the Monastery of San Domenico. There were four entrances to the city, positioned along 6 km of walls (San Giacomo, Sant'Alessandro, Sant'Agostino and San Lorenzo).
Palaces in Bergamo
Palazzo Nuovo di Bergamo
The Palazzo Nuovo di Bergamo is named in comparison to the Palazzo Vecchio, originally intended to be the headquarters of the city, and was constructed from a design by the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. It started construction in the early 1600s and was finally completed in 1958. The front has two superimposed orders: The first, on the ground floor, which is characterized by the arches of the porch that is the second highest, is lit by a series of nine windows that open behind an elegant balustrade. Currently there is a library on the ground floor and also a museum that guests can enter and look around in.
Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Torre Civica
The Torre Civica is the medieval symbol of Bergamo, and its 52 meters are overcome with a modern elevator that leads to the most incredible vantage point of the city. Not surprisingly, from Campanone one can see all the roofs, the Alps, and the Piazza Vecchia. The "motto" of Campanone comes from the gigantic bells that ring every night at ten o´clock, one hundred times, to announcement that it was going to close the gates of entrance to the city.
Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Convento di San Francesco
Located on the hill of Santa Eufemia of City High. The construction began in the thirteenth century in an area donated by a powerful family and Bongos, and modifications and additions were completed in the sixteenth century. The structure is typical of 'medieval architecture, extending between the Courtyard of the Arches or the Cloister of the Well, more or less, both connected by a short hallway. The cloister has a rectangular shape, very spacious, with arches that mark the perimeter. Arches, columns are placed in the walls to soften and lighten the structure without affecting its austere air. From 1997-2001 it was a section of the Bergamo Historical Museum, and now houses the offices of the museum, its archives, library and hosts temporary exhibitions awaiting restoration.
Of Touristic Interest in Bergamo
Funicolare Bergamo Alta
The cable car is a really unusual and fast way to start your journey to discover Bergamo Alta! From Via Vittorio Emanuele II, in Lower Town, the cable car allows you to easily reach the historic city centre while giving you a unique experience: the route passes through a gap in the wall, allowing you to look more closely at the structure of the boundary walls of Bergamo, as well as the beautiful gardens on the slope of the hill. Once outside the station in the Upper Town, you will find yourself in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, a short walk from the shopping street of the medieval village that leads to Old Town Square and the main historical monuments of Bergamo. Perfect for anyone wants to dive into the atmosphere of medieval Bergamo. The same company runs both services, so you can use the same ticket as you would on a city bus.
Museums in Bergamo
Museum Adriano Bernareggi
If you are planning on visiting the beautiful city of Bergamo, in Lombardy, you can't miss the Diocesan Museum A. Bernareggi. Here you can see the best works of the region.
Music Venues in Bergamo
Creberg Teatro Bergamo
Opened in 2004, the Theatre Creberg is a new addition to the city's entertainment offerings, but its line-up is no less interesting than the Donizetti or the Teatro Sociale! Every year, it offers an exciting array of performances: cabaret, musicals, ballets and concerts by Italian and international artists. Music and entertainment not to be missed!
Churches in Bergamo
Chiesa di San Bartolomeo
A must for lovers of art history, the Church of St Bartholomew retains the magnificent altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto, depicting the Madonna and child with saints. The great Venetian painter lived in the city from 1513 to 1525, and painted this work on commission by Alessandro Martinengo Colleoni. The church dates from the first half of the seventeenth century, and was built on the site of an ancient religious building from the thirteenth century. You can see the impressive baroque facade from the beginning of Sentierone Avenue.
Museums in Bergamo
Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC)
It is located directly opposite the Accademia Carrara, and was inaugurated in 1991, in an area where a fifteenth century convent once stood. More than 200 paintings are preserved within, as well as sculptures, photographs and engravings. The works are mainly by Italian twentieth century masters, but there are also temporary exhibits and paintings by international artists.
Historical Monuments in Bergamo
Saint Giacomo Gate
The Porta San Giacomo is one of the most beautiful spots in the city of Bergamo. It's a must if you enjoy night photography as it's lit with strange lights that shift colors from yellow to blue to red to pink. You can't miss it!
Squares in Bergamo
Piazza dell'Orologio
The city of Bergamo is best known for being a hub for low-cost flights, so many travelers fly into Bergamo and then head of to visit Milan. However, the city itself is definitely worth visiting. One highlight was the Piazza dell'Orologio with the Duomo and the famous chapel. Here, the church bells have rung every day since medieval times!
Train Stations in Bergamo
Bergamo Railway Station
This station, now very popular thanks to the nearby airport served by Ryanair, dates back to 1857. Among the major destinations include Milan, Cremona, Lecco and Brescia, and it is now frequented by students, as there's an underpass connecting the station with the campus. Outside there's a bus to to the airport, and there are a few places where you can have a quick bite to eat, including a bar inside the station, and a McDonalds just outside the main entrance.

The best things to do in Bergamo

Are you going to get away and do not know what to do in Bergamo? Don't worry, the city is perfect for a weekend getaway or for a few days of nonstop touring, as there's lots of stuff to do in Bergamo.

You should know that the city is divided into two zones. First, the Lower City is the modern city and is home to most of the official institutions. The Upper Town is the old city; this is where the medieval part and is where you'll find most of the things to see in Bergamo. Walking through the old city is an experience and one of the best Bergamo activities. Visitors have the opportunity to travel through time, as the whole area retains the look and feel of its origins, with the old walls keeping the atmosphere alive.

Inside the Upper Town, you can start your tour at the Piazza Vecchia, one of the liveliest Bergamo attractions. Nearby are lots of historic buildings which are now open to visitors. Among these is the Civic Tower, one of the best places to visit in Bergamo. If you get a chance be sure to climb to the top of the tower and enjoy the views across the city.

For more things to do in Bergamo, don't miss the Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, two imposing buildings full of art both outside and in. Outside the old town walls but still within the Upper Town, you can visit the fortresses of La Roca and La Citadella, a set of military palaces that will delight lovers of history who want to see more attractions in Bergamo. And after finishing a long day of sightseeing, there's nothing better than relaxing at one of the bars and restaurants of the lower town and trying the specialties of the region.

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