Bergamo - what to visit

Duomo (cathedral):Bergamo citylocated on the foundations of newly discovered ancient churches, construction dates from the fifteenth century, underwent renovations throughout the centuries, its dome was not completed in the nineteenth century and is dedicated to St. Alessandro, patron city. Open daily from 7.30 to 18.30 11.45hy 15.

Battistero: (Baptistery) In 1898 this building was installed, which dates from 1340, in its current site to give harmony to the Piazza dei Duomo. Originally was inside the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. In 1660 it was dismantled and remained so, in a courtyard, until in 1856 it was decided reassemble elsewhere. Unfortunately only open for baptisms.

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore: Piazza Duomo. It is the most important monument of the city, was built thanks to a promise he made people at a time when the city was hit by a terrible plague. The cornerstone was laid in the year 1137. Its interior was enriched over the centuries. Open November to March 9 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17h, Sundays and holiday hours are extended to 18 hours as well as during the months of April to October. You can not visit during church. Lake Como photographer

Cappella Colleoni: an integral part of the basilica this chapel was built by order of Bartolomeo Colleoni, condotieri renamed the city to house its own grave and is considered an emblematic work of Lombard art. Open Tuesday to Sunday from November to February 9 to 12:30 and 14 to 16:30 from March to October and is open until 18 pm.

Piazza Vecchia: heart of the civic center and recognized by the architect Le Corbusier as the most beautiful square in Europe. All around are the palazzos of the Podesta, the Comune and della Ragione and the famous Campanone or Civic Tower. In its center is located a beautiful fountain, the Fontana Contarini. It is a must and appears in numerous postcards of the city.

Palazzo Vecchio or della Ragione: (or Old Palace of Reason) This building dates from the twelfth century and rebuilt after a fire, in the thirteenth century, is famous not only for being the communal administration building Bergamo oldest but also because it bears on the central balcony shield Lion of St. Mark (the winged lion, symbol of Venice) that recalls the occupation that the city suffered by their neighbors can only visit if there is a special event. Find all the info that you need about " luxury resort luxury-resort-bliss " at

Palazzo del Podesta: Piazza Duomo, 8. Originally the building was the home of families Suardi-Colleoni, from the twelfth century and for three centuries it was occupied by the Podesta of Bergamo and other political personalities of the city. It is linked to Pallazo della Ragione for airfare. This building houses the Institute and there is a project to refurbish Historical Museum of the City, on the first floor and there is a "Venetian period", other showrooms with other historical periods are in other buildings. The Palazzo also develop temporary and touring exhibitions.

Campanone: (also called Civic Tower or Belfry) Despite being a medieval building and symbol can be accessed through a modern elevator. Its beautiful bell announces City Council meetings and 22 hours, every night with 100 peals which formerly meant that closed the gates to the city. This beautiful tower was erected in the twelfth century and is 52 meters high with two levels to enjoy a magnificent view of the city and the region, the watch belongs to the fifteenth century. Admission Adults $ 5. Open from November to February, Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 17.30, the rest of the year extending its schedule during weekdays until 19 pm and on weekends and holidays until 21.30.

Teatro Sociale: Via Bartolomeo Colleoni. (Social Theatre) this magnificent theater dates from 1808 and was recently re-opened after extensive remodeling since it had been closed after the Second World War.

Citadella: Piazza Vecchia 1. (Citadel) In origin it was a magnificent fortification built by the Visconti, began with a strong built on the hill of San Giovanni where he currently runs the seminary, then stood beside the garrison called "Magnum Hospitium" where military supplies were stored. During the occupation of the Venetians, in addition to house people buildings were used as grain storage bins and returned to be used for military purposes during the occupation of the French and Austrians. Between 1958 and 1960 the site was overhauled with more social purposes and settled the Municipal Museum of Natural Sciences and Enrico Caffi Municipal Museum of Archaeology. A Citadel near the Botanical Garden is Lorenzo Rota. Among the historic Citadel and is the Torre della Campanella (Bell Tower) with its beautiful clock dating from 1520 and in the center of Piazza Nova can see a kind of marble cistern that was part of a large cistern that guaranteed water supply in case of prolonged siege.

Museo Civico di Scienze Naturali Enrico Caffi: Piazza della Cittadella, 10. (Natural History Museum) has an important collection of fossils including a deer is older than 700,000 years and a flying reptile over 220 million years, one of the oldest in the world. October to March Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 12.30 from 14.30 to 17.30, from April to September is open Tuesday to Friday until 18 pm and on Saturdays and holidays from 9 to 19 hours. Free admission.

Archaeological Museum: Piazza della Cittadella, 9. Interesting collection of artifacts found in the region and private donations. The collections are divided into prehistory, Egypt (unfortunately, due to lack of space these pieces only appear in special exhibitions) Headstones, The city from its origins to the Middle Ages, Greek and Roman statues, etc.. Open Tuesday to Friday from October to March 9 to 12.30 from 14.30 to 17.30, the rest of the year closed at 18 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 19pm. Free admission.

Lorenzo Rota Orto Botanico: Scaletta di Colle Aperto: many species around the world for a botanical garden that is proud of the city. Walking can only be found at the base of the ladder of Colle Aperto, near the tinderbox of the seventeenth century, and must climb 141 steps, but the site and the view and are a prize and an unforgettable experience. Open during the months of March and October 9 to 12h and 14 to 17h, from April to September and closes at 18pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9 to 19h. Free admission.

Donizettiano Museum: Via Arena 9. (Museum of Donizetti). The museum is housed in the Palace of Mercy, on the Via Arena, one of the most beautiful in the city, opposite the church and monastery of Santa Grata. The current appearance of the building dates from the seventeenth century, but its inner courtyard dates back to the fifteenth century, his style is baroque. The museum dedicated to the memory of the great composer is on the first floor. Other sites related to Gaetano Donizetti, highly revered in Bergamo, are his birthplace in Borgo Canale Street 14, the family palace in the Via Scotti Sonizetti where the artist died in 1848 and his tomb in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Open Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 9.30 to 13 and from 14 to 17.30.

Teatro Donizetti: Piazza Cavour 15. The theater opened in 1897 on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the great composer, occupies the space that historically occupied the traveling theater that animated the celebrations in honor of San Alejandro. It municipal theater since 1934 and many musical events like Jazz or Bergamo International Piano Festival takes place in this theater.

Accademia Carrara: Piazza Giacomo Carrara, 82 (Lower Town). Conceived by Count Carrara and founded with his heritage. It houses a collection of over two thousand paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. It is one of the most important museums in Italy. Among the artists represented are works of art by Raphael, Botticelli, Canaletto and Titian. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 13 and from 15 to 19h. Admission Adults € 5.00.

GAMEC: Via San Tomaso, 53 (Lower Town). (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in front of the Accademia Carrara, this art gallery houses works of contemporary art, temporary and touring exhibitions, in addition to various activities. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 13 and from 15 to 19h. Admission Adults € 6.00.

Bernareggi Museum: Via Pignolo, 76 (Lower Town). (Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art) In a sumptuous palace of the fifteenth century, this museum features works of art, religious icons and liturgical objects. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 12.30 and 15 to 18.30. Admission Adults € 10,00.

Musei Storici: (Historical Museum) The history of Bergamo is not housed in one place. Several buildings in the city are under the management of the museum and in the heritage. Admission to each is € 5.00 or can be purchased for € 7.00 entry with entry fee at all sites that are part of the Historical Museum (La Rocca, the Convent of San Francesco and the Museum Donizettiano ).

La Rocca delle Rimebranze Park. Some believe that this fort which is at the top of Santa Eufemia occupies the site of the Roman Bergamo. The building was constructed by John the Bohemian and reinforced by the Visconti family first and then by the Venetians. He had many destinations from arsenal to prison, now part of the complex and History Museum exhibits pieces that cover the period-1797-French invasion until 1870. Open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 am to 13 and from 14 to 17:30, and from June to September also on Saturdays and holidays from 9 to 19h. Entry € 7.00 (with right of entry on the other sites that are part of the Historical Museum).

Convento di San Francesco: Piazza Mercato del Fieno, 6. The monastery of San Francisco was built in the twelfth century and in the nineteenth century for its religious desafectado to move to serve as barracks and prison. Unfortunately this caused severe and irreparable damage. In 1935 work began to serve as parts completed school and now houses the Foundation nella Storia Bergamo where management works, the library and temporary exhibitions. Although the damage is interesting to see its medieval architecture. Open from June to September, Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 am to 13 and from 14 to 17:30, Saturdays and holidays from 9:30 to 19h, from October to May is not open on Saturdays and holidays. Entry € 5.00, reduced to Bergamo Card.

A funicular takes us from the upper city to San Vigilio hill that dominates the landscape and is supposed existed in Roman times, watchtowers. Among beautiful homes, gardens and orchards are magnificent buildings such as former monasteries and Valmarina Astino. Pedestrian and bicycle paths protected by Parco Regionale dei Colli di Bergamo, whose administration is based in the building Valmarina assure us a ride quality that is worth doing.

Many stairs, over ten, meander the flanks of the hills of Bergamo, are vestiges of the medieval past of the city and are an exquisite frame for a walk of discovery, the most accessible for tourists are descending down the street Borgo Canale .
Bergamo lake ComoThe doors are part of Bergamo, near monuments and museums, historical heritage. We speak of a city under siege and constantly desired by foreign forces, in a city that had protected the lurking enemy. Sant'Agostino door, opened on the old route to Brescia and Venice, San Giacomo door for flights to Milan, Sant'Alessandro door on the path to Lecco and Como San Lorenzo and the door leading to the inhabitants to the Brembana valley. The latter was the first to be built and the smallest, the open doors in a wall of more than 6 km long.
The heart of the city is the Piazza Mateotti floor that is surrounded by the ride of choice for the residents of the city, called the Sentierone, in the vicinity there are numerous historical monuments and medieval churches, one of the most important is the church of San Bartolomeo Martinengo housing the altar, the work of one of the most important artists of the city, Lorenzo Lotto.
The outskirts of the city and the whole province of Bergamo deserves traveled, has great places to relax, meet, visit and enjoy a lovely holiday alone, with family, with friends.
The Villaggio operaio di Crespi, known as Crespi d'Adda, the river Adda, is part of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being the model class neighborhood of late nineteenth century Europe's best preserved. This village is located near the boundary between the province of Bergamo to Milan and we easily drive Bergamo-Milan motorway following signs Capriate San Gervasio, are just 16 km in the river Adda can navigate a replica of the ship imagined by Leonardo da Vinci, a vessel of 60 meters long, made of wood that connects the banks of Lecco to Bergamo.

Winter holidays are also great in Bergamo since around find excellent ski resorts with different difficulty levels-beginners and experts, and a large, modern network of services. One of the most popular is Foppolo, in the valley of a formidable Brembana service equipment, among many in the valleys of Seriana and di Scalve basically. Nearby lakes are ideal for camping, picnics and water sports or boat trips. The cascade Valbondione Serio, 315 meters, just 53 km from Bergamo, is the highest waterfall in Italy and the second in Europe, can be seen in all its glory 5 times a year, from June to October, when opening the floodgates of Lake l Barbellino, people gather for the occasion and applauded when the floodgates open.
The Baths of Sant'Omobono in Imagna Valley and the baths of sulfurous waters Trescore indubles provide healing qualities.
The whole province offers many tourist programs in all seasons, the capital city full of history, art and culture, the natural surroundings are magnificent, the villages scattered here and there also have an invaluable architectural heritage, history and culture as the castles Cavernago, the Marian shrine of Caravaggio, Pontida a monastery dating back to the early twelfth century ... Bergamo's city and region.

If our holiday in Bergamo not obey a romantic, if we stay in the region longer, we spend two days to tour the museum, which did not disappoint, and while most are free admission, the art and charge admission history and is convenient acquire Bergamo Card, this card allows us to obtain significant reductions in income to the same, in transportation lines, not only the city but the entire region and discounts in shops, restaurants, rental car, scooter or bicycle.

But, Bergamo is also fun, lively nights, shopping ... many tour companies offer themed tours, even for shopping.

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