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    A day trip to the lake of Como.

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    If you have some time to spare in Bergamo you could do a day trip to one village by the lake of Como. Various places are located on this lake. You can visit one or two of these on a day trip. On my latest holiday in Bergamo iI went to Lecco and Varenna.

    I didn' t like much Lecco. It is a town; not a village.

    Varenna is a nice village on the eastern shore of the lake. It was built mostly on a hill. Varenna has a waterfront promenade and two gardens to visit. Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero. I spent some hours at Villa Monastero. At the beginning it was a nunnery. Then it was turned into a villa. What you see today it is a building constructed at the end of the 800. I spent some time inside it; chilled out and walked around its beautiful terraced gardens. There is a small cafe-eatery on the premises.

    The gardens at Villa Monastero.
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    Rocca Fortress

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    The origins of this fortress can probably be traced back to Roman times. Historically the fortress has been occupied by the Longobards, the Franks, the Venetians and,the Austrians. In 1848 patriots from Bergamo surrounded and laid siege to the Austrians barricaded in the Rocca Fortress and drove them from the city.

    The fortress itself is pleasant enough, but the real draw is the wonderful views you have over both the old and new towns from here.

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    San Vigilio

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 10, 2014

    From the upper town we took a scenic and enjoyable funicular ride to San Vigilio with its castle remains and beautiful views. I mentioned before that people in Bergamo were lovely. The funicular driver was also very very pleasant and friendly. There were some restaurants here, too.

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    Torre Civica - Campanone

    by BergamoInsider Updated Dec 17, 2013

    A wonderful view of Bergamo! The Civic tower was the symbol of the civic power in Bergamo, it is 52 meter high and from its top you can have a wonderful view of the city and its interland. The tower is also called "Campanone", that means "big bells" because on the top there is a great historic bell that every night at 10 pm rings 100 tolls to remember people the city's door closure in the Middle Ages. Do you want to know the best place in the upper city to heard the tolls? Piazza Vecchia, of course, where you can breath the real medioval atmosphere of Bergamo.

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    Statue of Harlequin

    by BergamoInsider Written Oct 22, 2013

    The Statue of Harlequin is a statue near the Urban Center, in the Lower City. Harlequin is the Commedia dell'Arte mask form Bergamo, and is statue is just here to welcome everybody want to visit the city!

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    Historic laundry

    by BergamoInsider Written Oct 22, 2013

    The historic laundry in the Upper city is near to the Gombito Tower. It was built in the XIX century and it was used till the '50es. Now it is one of the most typical place in the Upper City of Bergamo.

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    Fara

    by BergamoInsider Written Oct 22, 2013

    The Fara is the field you find in front of the Saint Augustine Church in the Upper City. Here you can relax, have pic-nic, play football, and rest before going on with your Bergamo tour, for example finding out the San Michele al Pozzo Bianco Church, that is behind you, in via Porta Dipinta.

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    San Giacomo Gate

    by BergamoInsider Written Oct 22, 2013

    San Giacomo gate is one of the gate to the Upper City. From the Lower City Center you will recognize it: it is the white gate exactly in front of you. You can reach it by foot, passing through the little rocky stairs near the Funicular station in the Lower City. When you arrive at the bottom of the gate, you will have a wonderful panorama of the Lower City. A really amazing place where enjoy Bergamo!

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    Colli di Bergamo Natural Park

    by BergamoInsider Written Oct 22, 2013

    Colli di Bergamo is a natural Park between the city and some town in the Brembana Valley. Its center is in the Valmarina Monastery, in Ramera district. Here there are some paths where you can walk, but also ride bikes and horses, to find out the natural wonders of the Italian landscape without leaving the city!

    Valmarina monastery, Colli di Bergamo park A path in the Colli di Bergamo Park
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    Carrara Academy

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    The Carrara Academy is one of the oldest art gallery in Italy. It was founded at the end of the XVIII Century by the Count Carrara and it collects a big number of paintings realized in different centuries and in different styles. At the moment, the building, in which there is the collection is being restored, but the painting are visible in the Palazzo della Ragione, in Piazza Vecchia, Città Alta.

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    Donizetti Museum

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    The Donizetti Museum is a museum about Donzietti, the composer from Bergamo. Here you will find documents, objects and also music instruments that Donizetti used during his life and that the Scotti Family collected after his death. An unique collection about Donizetti's daily life that will excite you!

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    Bernareggi Museum

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    The Bernareggi Museum is a religious museum in Bergamo. It is in via Pignolo, in the lower part of the city and it collects a lot of painting, sculptures and ornaments that were commissioned by the citizens in order to honor Our Lady, Jesus Christ and all the Saints. In the museum you will find all the spirituality of Bergamo!

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    St. Bernardino Church

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    In the St. Bernardino Church in the lower city, you can see the most wonderful altarpiece painted by Lorenzo Lotto. In this altarpiece there are Our Lady with the Child while the saints and the angels are honoring them. The scene is graceful and all the characters are very expressive, especially the angel into the foreground who is looking toward the visitor and seems to invite him in the scene. A very dramatic painting that will enchant you!

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    St. Augustine Church

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    The St. Augustine Church is near the St. Augustine's gate, one of the gate to the upper city. It is a Gothic church, with wonderful rose window and extraordinary fresco. It was desecrated during the Napoleonic period, when it became a military outpost. Now it is a campus and a lot of exhibitions and concerts are organized inside it.

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    St. Bartolomeo and Stefano Church

    by BergamoInsider Written Sep 18, 2013

    The St. Bartolomeo and Stefano Church is a baroque church situated in the lower part of Bergamo, near the Donizetti Theater. Here you can find the Martinengo Altarpiece, the biggest altarpiece painted by Lorenzo Lotto and you can also see a wooden choir inlaid by one of the Dominican friar who lived in the monastery near the church during the XVI Century. The church is a real example of the baroque arts and its color are magnificent!!

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