The bells strike at ten (pm)!
The symbol of Bergamo is the big bell tower that we call 'Campanone' (Big bell).
If you happen to be in Città Alta at ten o'clock pm you won't miss the Campanone striking 100 times as it did since the Medieval period. At that time its striking meant that the doors of the walls were closing and that the inhabitants had to hurry to enter the walled town before the bells stroke the last time.
Nowadays it doesn't have any particular meaning but it still strikes 100 times as it did in the past as to remind this tradition.
Known in Italy (and I've notices also outside Italy) as the most difficult dialect to understand, the 'Bergamasco' is really impossible to get if you are not a local for generations. And I tell you that because I was born here but my parents are from outside Bergamo - though still in Lombardy - and I can't understand it thorougly. The Bergamasco is still spoken in some areas of the town (especially in the suburbs near the countryside) and in the valleys but, as the other dialects, it's getting more and more unused.
It's a neolatin language, developed under the Longobard rule. Its being difficult for the non locals is given by the presence of nine vowels (italian has five) and some consonant matches (like s + ch) that are not used in italian.
The Bergamasco had its fame peak when movie director Ermanno Olmi filmed 'L'albero degli Zoccoli' in 1978 in Bergamasco as to show the local real conditions of life in early 20th century.
The Historical Museum of...
The Historical Museum of Bergamo library embraces a newspaper library, history books dealing with italian, european and world history, essays about different topics, magazines collections, photographic books, which deal with the history of 1800 and 1900. We are listing all the material and soon it will be available for consultation in the National Library System.
Among the magazines dealing with military topics, those born in the trenchs during the I World War are rare and very interesting. We have also american military magazines of the same period, collected in the Angelini Collection. Contemporary italian newspapers and magazines are also available to scholars and students: for example 'Archivi & imprese' and 'Rivista militare'.
The most important monographies in the Museum are in the Cucchi Collection (they deal with the quarrel Bergamo-Milan concerning the Brembo river) and in the Angelini Collection (they deal with the I World War).
The Institute for the history of Italian Risorgimento has given its library to the Museum: it embraces essays written by italian and foreign authors and all issues of the magazine 'Rassegna storica del Risorgimento', published by the Institute. Recently the Museum received also the Gabriella Cremaschi collection, which includes books dealing with the history of the movement of workmen and students in 1970.
Orio al Serio Airport
Bergamo local airport has given fortune to our town in the last years. It has become the leading airport for low cost flights in Italy and has grown impressively. More, it's located really close to the town center (just 6 kilometers). Many airlines fly from it, especially Ryanair, Transavia, WizzAir, AirBerlin and Sterling.
Posh looking restuarant with ordinary food
This restuarant serves very average quality food at a high price. I would say that the ingredients used were not of good quality is the main results. We had atichoke rissotto but there were too tough. We had local beef fillet and it was also not soft. We had casoncelli and these were not as good as those prepared by Ristorante Albergo Sole at the corner of Piazza Vecchia. The prices were also higher. I would not recommend this restuarant with so many good restuarant in Citta Alta. I think the food in Da Franco tasted better. Perhaps the bread which is very good.