Bergamo Alta is the main...
Bergamo Alta is the main attraction for tourists, and well-heeled Milan folk who'd escape that bustling city on weekends. Local museums and architectural delights are complemented by events like Bergamo's International Jazz Festival, and the Mercantico -- an antique market held every third Sunday of the month. First a Gallic settlement, then Roman, after the Barbarian invasions, it became a free municipality in the Lombard League (12th century) before submitting to the Visconti Signoria, and from 1428 to 1796 formed part of the Venetian Republic. In this period the town, surrounded by walls, underwent coinsiderable economic expansion. After the brief Napoleonic Cisalpine Republic (1797-1814), it became part of Lombard-Venetia until freed by Garibaldi's soldiers in 1859.
Bergamo is the birthplace of Gaetano Donizetti (musician, 1797-1848),Costantino Beltrami (explorer, 1779-1856), Andrea Previtali (artist, 1470-1528), Gerolamo Tiraboschi (man of letters, 17311794), Bartolomeo Colleoni (military leader, 1400-1475).
Bergamo - Sotto il Monte - is the birthplace of Pope John XXIII -- a.k.a. Papa Giovanni, 1881-1963.
Salame della Bergamasca
Our salame ('salami' is just plural of salame in italian) has a special flavour and it's softer if compared to the other types around Italy. That's due to the fact that it's made of fresh pork meat. Its special flavour is given by the addition of black pepper, red wine, spices and fresh grinded garlic.
UNESCO's Villaggio Crespi
Small village half an hour by car away from Bergamo; this village is included in the worldwide UNESCO list for "special" spots to be protected.
Quotation from UNESCO site:
"Crespi d'Adda in Capriate San Gervasio in Lombardy is an outstanding example of the 19th- and early 20th-century 'company towns' built in Europe and North America by enlightened industrialists to meet the workers' needs. The site is still remarkably intact and is partly used for industrial purposes, although changing economic and social conditions now threaten its survival."
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Bergamo Train Station and Funicular
The train station is right at the end of Bergamo Bassa's central avenue, Viale Giovanni XXIII, which becomes Via Vittorio Emanuele II. To the right are the two bus stations : the SAB, serving the northern mountains and valleys, and the Stazione Autolinee, serving all other destinations.
Bus #1 runs from the train station to the funicular station at the foot of the hill, from where you can make the ascent by cable car to Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe for no extra charge as long as you show your bus ticket. Alternatively you can get bus #1A from Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, along the central avenue and up to Bergamo Alta.
Didn't have a meal here but a few drinks went down well on a hot summer's evening. This place can be found in the Funicullare station as you arrive in the old city, sit on the terrace where the view are amazing, The commercial city, airport and surrounding countryside spreads out before you. Perfect for unwinding and enjoying a drink Brand Beer