The Archaeological Museum of Bergamo is in the Cittadella, near Colle Aperto, in the upper town. Here you can discover the story of the city since 2000 b.C. to the Longobards period and learn a lot of interesting thing about its inhabitants. If you love history and want to know what happened to the city after the Longobards domination, don't forget to visit also the museum about the Venetian period in Piazza Vecchia and the XIX Century museum in the rock!
The Creberg Theater, opened in 2004, is the "modern" theater of Bergamo and it proposes a lot of very exciting concerts, cabarets, musicals, dancing shows and modern pieces,... Choose one of the shows and enjoy it, you will be enchanted!
The Partisan Monument is a sculpture of Giacomo Manzù, an important sculptor from Bergamo, and it is located in Porta Nuova, in the center of the lower city. It is a reminder of the fights against Fascism in Bergamo and represents the horrible consequences of war for all the citizens. It is a very touching monument that will make you meditate on war!
The Contarini fountain is the symbol of Bergamo and it is in Piazza Vecchia, the most important square of the upper city. Alvise Contarini, a Venetian governor, donated the fountain to Bergamo at the end of its mandate in order to give it a drinkable water resource in the middle of the city. The fountain is a wonderful art piece, where you can still drink water having a rest in the heart of Bergamo!
The Donizetti's Birthplace is in Borgo Canale, in the upper city. The Donizetti family was very poor, all the family people worked as servant in the middle-class houses and they lived in a humid cold basement, where now there is the museum (Actually the museum is in the Donizetti's grandfather house, but the building is identical to the real building where the composer lived). Visiting the Donizetti's birthplace is a jump in the past, in which you can discover how poor people lived in the XIX Century in Bergamo!
The Podesta Palace is in Piazza Vecchia and it was the palace where the Venetian Podesta, the governor of the city, ruled it during the XV century. In 2012 it was restructured and transformed into a permanent interactive exhibition about the Venetian period in Bergamo. It is a very beautiful palace and if you visit Piazza Vecchia you have to visit it too!
You can find the Bergamo Meridian in Piazza Vecchia, in the colonnade under the Palazzo della Ragione. It is a marble meridian engraved on the floor that indicates midday, the date and the sign of the zodiac everyday. Because of the movement of the Earth's tilt, it doesn't run anymore, but it still remains n historic symbol of the city!
Donizetti theater is an historic theater built in the XIX century in the lower part of Bergamo. It still proposes a lot of theater pieces, concerts, ballets, operas, and music festivals as the Bergamo Music Festival and the Bergamo Jazz. Thanks to its extraordinary acoustic, it is the best place to see and listen to wonderful exhibitions of Italian and international artists! If you are in Bergamo, have a look at Donizetti theater bills and find out the shows it offers all year round!
The Rock is an old military castle that has protected the city during the years. It was recently transformed into a museum and it includes an exhibition about the Italian Independence wars. All around the Rock there is a wonderful park, where you can rest admiring the mountains panorama that surrounds the city. A really relaxing place into the Città Alta, the upper city of Bergamo!
The botanic Garden in Bergamo is near to Colle Aperto, in the upper city. It is a wonderful garden where more over 1200 exotic and local plants live in a magic atmosphere. It is free, and it is open from March to October. It organizes a lot of tours and activities, especially for children, in order to teach them to recognize the plants and to respect Nature! The botanic garden Lorenzo Rota is a really magic natural place in the middle of the city!
A very striking church! San Michele al Pozzo Bianco Church is in via Porta Dipinta, in Città Alta, and it is a really mystic church. It is not very popular, that's why it is often empty, but if you decide to visit it, its wonderful paintings, some of them by Lorenzo Lotto, will delight you and you will love its quiet crypt. It is just a few minutes walk away from the Funicolar station in the upper city, so don't forget to look for it!
Saint Alexander in Column Church is a very famous church in the lower part of Bergamo. Outside it you can see a column, 10-meter-high, where Saint Alexander, Patron Saint of the city, is thought to be immolated. The church has also a wonderful bell tower with 12 bells and inside there are some beautiful paintings which decorate the only nave. This church is a very popular one, especially at the end of August for the Saint commemoration, on the 26th August. If you are in Bergamo, don't forget to visit it!
The natural history Museum Enrico Caffi in Città Alta is a very nice museum in the upper city of Bergamo. It offers an excursus about the flora and fauna that lived in Bergamo and in its hinterlands since the bygone era, and it has a special itinerary for children that can learn playing and having fun. Your kids will love the Mammut at the entrance and the special area about fossils and dinos! The entrance is for free and if you visit Bergamo, I really suggest you to spend a pair of hours discovering this great museum!
The Social Theater of Bergamo is in the upper city, near Piazza Vecchia. It is a very nice theater built in the XIX century in classic style with decorated galleries and an oval parterre. It had been for a long time the cultural center of the upper city since the Twenties, when its decline started. It has been recently restored and it is again a central point for the culture in Bergamo. It proposes many pieces, events, concerts, ballets and exhibitions and it should be not only "visited" but also "lived" watching one of the shows it offers all year long!
The Città Alta Funicolar is an easy and panoramic way to reach Città Alta. It is a cable car that starts from via Vittorio Emanuele, in the lower city, and it arrives in 5 minutes in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, in the upper city. The travel is very nice: you can see the gardens built all aruond the Venetian Walls and you also pass through the Walls, having a very close view of their structure. When you arrive, you are immediately in the center of the medioeval city, on the shopping street, very close to Piazza Vecchia and all the other monuments. Moreover, if you have a bus ticket, you don't need to buy antoher one, because for the cable car you need the same ticket valid for the city buses. The Funicolar is very usefull if you want to start your visit in Bergamo as soon as possible and you want to go to the upper city in short order!
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