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10 things to see absolutely in Bergamo


With its 120 thousand inhabitants, the accessibility of any means of transport (the airport of Orio al Serio is one of the most important international airports in the Bel Paese) and the perfect one mix between history and modernity (punctuated by the perfect division of the city into high side e lower area), Bergamo is one of the most interesting Lombard destinations for couples, families, groups of friends. Let's get to know it better here 10 things to see absolutely in Bergamo!



Index

  1. Venetian or Venetian Walls (Bergamo Walls)
  2. Donizetti Museum
  3. Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
  4. Colleoni Chapel
  5. Bergamo Cathedral
  6. Old Town Square
  7. Civic Museum of Natural Sciences "E. Caffi"
  8. Accademia Carrara
  9. Piazza Matteotti
  10. Via XX Settembre
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Venetian or Venetian Walls (Bergamo Walls)

Recently included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Venetian walls (also known as Venetian) from Bergamo are an unmissable attraction of the city. Located in the upper part, the walls are 5 km long and are currently reliving a golden age, thanks to a painstaking cleaning and maintenance work by volunteers. The Venetian Walls were built in the sixteenth century by the Republic of Venice with the aim of defending the city from enemy attacks; today, they offer a breathtaking view not only over the whole of Bergamo, but also over the "nearby" Milan.

  • by bus, from the center of Bergamo, in 15 minutes. Take bus n ° 1 from V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII station, stopping at Viale delle Mura 40 S.Giacomo
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

2 - Donizetti Museum

The city of Bergamo was the birthplace of the famous composer Gaetano Donizetti, paid by the Lombard community with monuments and museum institutions that celebrate, every day, the inspiration and talent. If you want to get to know the master in more depth, you cannot fail to visit the Donizetti Museum: you will be greeted by the notes of Donizetti's most famous works, observing documents, photos, any kind of testimony on the life and work of the Bergamo musician.



  • by bus (n ° 1) from V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII to the stop in Viale delle Mura Seminario; then continue on foot for a short distance. The museum is about 20 minutes from the center
  • Tuesday-Friday 9: 30-13: 00; Sat and holidays 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00
  • full € 3,00; reduced for Friends of the Bergamo History Museum, university students up to 26 years, TCI members - Italian Touring Club € 2,00. People under 18, the disabled, ICOM members, accredited journalists and licensed guides enter for free

3 - Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Sumptuous, opulent, well cared for. Reviews on the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, located near the Bergamo Cathedral, are more than positive on the main search engines and themed communities. The reason is soon clarified: the building, whose work began in 1137, has some gothic peculiarities outside (how not to notice the beautiful lions located near the side doors to the Basilica?) and capture the visitor inside thanks to the flashy tapestries dated th century, located in the side aisles of the building and in the area set up for the choir. A little curiosity also attracts the interest of visitors: the well-known composer from Bergamo Donizetti appears to be buried right in the Basilica.

  • by car, proceed on viale Vittorio Emanuele II: the Basilica is 15 minutes from the city center
  • dom 09:00-13:00 e 15:00-18:00; lun-sab 08:30-12:30 e 14:30-18:00
  • free, free visit

4 - Colleoni Chapel

It is dedicated to the captain of fortune Bartolomeo Colleoni one of the most important attractions of the city. Located in Piazza del Duomo, the Colleoni Chapel is a real masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, recognizable by the particular design and its colorful facade in red and white marbles. It is adorned with numerous works of art, including the equestrian statue dedicated to Colleoni, the family sarcophagi, the tomb dedicated to the beloved daughter Medea. Unmissable.



  • by bus, boarding the bus n ° 1 from the V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII station, stopping at Viale delle Mura 40 S.Giacomo. Continue on foot for a short distance: the chapel will be reached in 22 minutes
  • mar-dom 9:00-12:30 e 14:00-16:30
  • free, free visit

5 - Cathedral of Bergamo

You won't be able to take your eyes off the ethereal Bergamo Cathedral, Also known as Cathedral of Sant'Alessandro. As candid on the outside as it is "loaded" with paintings, tapestries and the suggestive Chapel of the Crucifix internally, the Duomo probably loses comparison with the nearby Basilica of Santa Maria, but it is still worth a visit. Dedicate a moment of meditation to one of the strongest religious symbols of the Lombard city.

  • by car in less than 15 minutes, along via C. Baioni
  • Mon-Fri 07: 30-12: 00 and 15: 00-18: 30. Sat-Sun and holidays 07: 00-18: 30
  • free, free visit

6 - Piazza Vecchia

The heart of the Upper Town has only one name: Old Town Square. This evocative area of ​​the city with a "retro" charm contains in its perimeter some of the most evocative sculptural and architectural masterpieces in all of Bergamo: the "Campanone", the civic tower of the city; Palazzo della Ragione, the oldest existing municipal seat in Lombardy; there Contarini fountain, "90 piece" of the old city center. Staying in Bergamo makes a stop in this square mandatory, with photos in order in a location of unrivaled attractiveness.



  • from V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII station, get on bus n ° 1 to the Largo Colle Aperto stop, arrival line 1; continue on foot for a short distance. The square can be reached in 22 minutes
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

7 - "E. Caffi" Civic Museum of Natural Sciences

It is especially designed for the little ones Civic Museum of Natural Sciences "E. Caffi", where it is possible to live on interactive and sensory experiences literally touching every artefact present in the structure, from the stuffed animals to the various fossils of different species present in the museum. The structure is divided into different "branches" of scientific knowledge, from mineralogy to archeology. The undisputed symbol of the civic museum is the stuffed mammoth family that will welcome you in an "other universe".
It is advisable to also visit thebotanical garden a stone's throw from the museum, hosting various Lombard and exotic floristic species.

  • by bus (n ° 1) from V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII to the Largo Colle Aperto stop, arrival line 1, then continue on foot. It can be reached in less than 20 minutes
  • Tue-Fri 09: 00-12: 30 and 14: 30-17: 30. Sat and holidays 10: 00-12: 30 and 14: 30-17: 30
  • full € 3,00. Children up to 18 years and the disabled enter for free

8 - Carrara Academy

It was established in 1794 and is one of the most important artistic institutions in the city. L'Accademia Carrara is a picture gallery rich in works of the highest importance by masters of the caliber of Raphael, Botticelli, Mantegna and other important names in the art operating between the th and th centuries. In front of the art gallery, however, the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMeC), ideal for lovers of the most contemporary painters of our time: a vast offer for all those who want to rediscover the greatest pictorial masters, and not only, of all time.

  • proceed northeast on foot on via Camozzi, towards via Pignolo: you will reach the attractions in 12 minutes
  • Mon-Sun 09: 30-17: 30
  • full € 10,00; reduced for people 18-25 years old, state school teachers, university students attending art faculties, Architecture, Design, Education Sciences € 8,00. Every Monday admission costs € 5,00

9 - Matteotti Square

If the centerpiece of the Upper Town is Piazza Vecchia, its counterpart in the Lower Bergamo - the most modern and "worldly" area of ​​the town, so to speak - is Giacomo Matteotti Square. There is no shortage of cultural attractions in this area of ​​the city; however, the Lower Town is the "half of the apple" in charge of movida and at the Shopping. Piazza Matteotti is therefore configured as meeting point for young people from Bergamo, but also as a reference point for families and tourists. Its perimeter offers numerous attractions to admire in awe, many of which are dedicated to the famous composer Gaetano Donizetti, real "star" of the city.

  • by bus, from the Bergamo bus station, board the V bus to Portanuova, then continue for a short distance on foot: you will reach the square in 3 minutes
  • always open to the public
  • free, free visit

10 - Via XX Settembre

The Bergamo shopping area has a name and is marked with a number. We are talking about via XX Settembre, a lively area located in the Lower Town where it is possible to really buy everything, thanks to the countless and different shops along the entire road section.

  • by bus, from the Bergamo bus station, board bus V to Via Zambonate 4 - Largo Medaglie d'Oro; continue for a short distance on foot. Via XX Settembre can thus be reached in 3 minutes
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

Plan your stay in Bergamo: Flight, Hotel and Tour

Originally considered only a transit area to reach the more chaotic Milan, Bergamo today is one of the obligatory stops for a Lombard tour "alternative", where to combine art, culture, history and worldliness.
Accommodation prices in the city are not particularly high and the two city areas - Bergamo Alta and Bergamo Bassa - are connected to each other in an excellent way, thanks to a wide network of public services. Furthermore, the presence of the airport makes it an attractive crossroads for traveling to other Italian and foreign destinations.

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