Reached via car or the funicular from Viale Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient historical town of Bergamo lies on top of a hill ... More
Bergamo High City
Reached via car or the funicular from Viale Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient historical town of Bergamo lies on top of a hill (369m). Bergamo was originally a Celtic settlement but was built over by the Romans. Now "upper Bergamo" lies within defensive walls that were already extant at the time of the Romans and which were later rebuilt several times and renewed by the Republic of Venice in 1556. The walls and the gates are still visible: you can follow the entire circle of the walls starting from Porta Sant'Agostino (the city's main entrance) while gardens and avenues give an overall view over the modern part of the city, 'lower Bergamo'. The narrow streets inside the historical center wind around the beautiful buildings: the central Piazza Vecchia is overlooked by the Cathedral, the Palazzo della Ragione and the City Library. The quaint city is studded with numerous architectural gems. The historical center is also open at night with a number of restaurants and bars in the pedestrian streets.
It is great to walk through the typical narrow Italian streets with charming squares popping up all the time. Don't miss the Via Colleoni and Piazza Vecchia. They seem to be the symbol of the Citta Alta (the Old part of Bergamo). All you need is to take your camera with you and enjoy the sights :)
Bergamo alta is one of Italys hidden gems. From the little side streets to the magnificent Piazza Vecchia the town is full of amazing places. Don't forget to visit the spectacular Capella Colleoni with it's multicoloured facade and beautiful works of art. Go to any of the towns fine restaurants and order Polenta con Salsiccia, cornmeal with sausages a local specialty ,or try it with rabbit. Have a glass of wine at the Vineria Cozze, a well frequented wine bar, and don't forget a homemade GELATO at the Piazza Vecchia. You will love BERGAMO a hidden gem!!
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