Città Alta, Bergamo
It is a pleasure to walk through the small walking street of Via B. Colleoni.
If you walk this street to the West, you will pass the Piazza L. Mascheroni, then the Piazza Citadella (with some museum and the police station)
Then through a little gate you can take a small deviation through the little park (public garden) and finally end up at the Colle Aperto.
This is the place where you can take the bus to the staion and the airport.
The skyline of Bergamo old city is really dominated by the many towers and bells.
Every where you see you can spot at least a couple of them.
I wonder how it would sound if they all would sound together?
Favorite thing: Bergamo, a lovely italian walled city, founded on a hill by a very old settlement in the protohistoric age. It still retains this configuration, giving the upper town its special character - the oldest part of the town, enclosed within walls, lays up on the hill while the modern centre has developed on the plain.
Bergamo is set between hills and valleys, and has two distinct urban centres. Bergamo Alta (High Bergamo, on a hill located at 365 metres a/s/l) is the oldest of the two - it's also where the historical old quarters are, stands on a hill (365 m.) . Bergamo Bassa (Low Bergamo, located at 249 metres a/s/l) is in the plains, and it's the modern industrial and commercial centre of the city.
Fondest memory: The people. Bergamo is so near Milan (about an hour) yet culturally so far. It may as well be a city, but the inhabitants are for sure not city-dwellers: their mentality is still provincial", in the better meaning of the term - they are friendly, genuine, and reserved. Stubborn too, at times.
The main thing that each traveller must visit is the High Town. It is the ancient part of the city and historicians say that there were people living there even before the arrival of the Roma conquerors.
Most part of the old buildings that you'll see were built after the 15th Century.
Three are the monuments tha cannot be missed: the Old Square (Piazza Vecchia), the Walls (Mura) that were built by the Venice Republic, and the complex of the Dome and the Cathedral, behind the Square.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
You've must seen the old city,its really nice and silent.Its ideal to walk around the walls of the old city and have a beer in one of the bars.
Fondest memory: The Food!!!And the snowboarding,its only a 40min drive to glacier area.
Visit Citta' Alta
Citta' Alta means upper town and it's the oldest part of Bergamo, build mainly during the Middle Age.
The core of Citta' alta is Piazza Vecchia, see it in the picture below.
There are lot of restaurants in this square: they're nice and you can enjoy cool typical dishes but they're quite expensive.
Going from Piazza vecchia to the Cathedral.
Slowly walk to 'citta' alta'; the hi part of the city is wonderful itself but if you reach it walking it's more than that :-). Go to the rallway station and then ask for the pedestrian path ...
In the picture another (longer than from the rallway) path to 'citta' alta': from via S. Alessandro.
Favorite thing: Strolling through one of the beautiful narrow streets in the upper town of Bergamo - a pleasant way to spend our last hours in Italy before going to the airport.
Favorite thing: The old city is walled with narrow streets and very little traffic, it's a great place to spend a quiet couple of days.