Discover Bergamo province
20 things you cannot miss throughout the province of Bergamo

History, tradition, art and culture, sport, ancient flavours, wellness, not to mention the rivers, the lakes and the mountains: here’s a selection of 20 places you absolutely cannot miss. You can discover the rest while travelling across the land of Bergamo.

1. WALKING ALONG THE STREETS OF A XIX CENTURY COMPANY TOWN
Take a walk in Crespi d’Adda, an actual microcosm created around the cotton mills of the Crespi family, which founded this “ideal workers village” declared UNESCO World Heritage.
2.SET YOUR SMARTPHONE WITH A FOUR CENTURIES-OLD ASTRONOMIC CLOCK
Come and discover constellations, zodiac signs, equinoxes, besides hours, minutes and seconds. Fanzago’s astronomic clock, in Clusone, has got more apps than a smartphone and it has been charged manually every day since 1500.
3. FALLING IN LOVE WITH CANOVA'S NEOCLASSICAL APPEAL ON THE LAKESHORE
Visit the Accademia Tadini and its beautiful art collection, a real gem on Lake Iseo’s shores, in Lovere, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.
4. DRINKING DIRECTLY FROM THE SPRING OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS WATER
Come discover a real “star”, whose spring is located in the Brembana Valley. This mineral water is served in the world’s most refined restaurants. San Pellegrino’s brand new spa is the place to be.
5. FOLLOWING THE TRACKS OF THE TEMPLARS UP TO SAN TOME ROUND
Following the tracks of the Templars up to San Tomè Round Come discover the mysterious symbols carved in the stones of this rare Romanesque round plan church, which enshrines the memories of the Templars. You can find it in the Lemine, not far from Bergamo, near the villages of Almenno.
6. COME VISIT THE GORGEOUS CASTLE BELONGED TO THE GREAT CAPTAIN BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI
Enjoy the courtly atmosphere of this castle, owned by the Mercenary Captain of Venice’s Republic. Malpaga is a perfectly preserved building, which hosts many events and historic re-enactments.
7.ADMIRE THE PRECIOUS DETAILS OF THE INLAYS IN ALZANO'S SACRISTIES
Follow the art’s red thread along the Seriana Valley, up to Gandino and Leffe, across religious art and textile treasures. Go visit the precious wood inlays of Alzano’s Basilica.
8. BREMBO AND SERIO - CHOOSING BETWEEN TWO RIVERS TO DISCOVER THE VALLEYS AND THEIR MANY WONDERS
Which valley do you prefer to start your quest across Bergamo’s mountains? The Brembana or the Seriana? Explore these lush lands, crossed by the river Serio and the river Brembo, where history, culture and adventure come together.
9. CASTIONE DELLA PRESOLANA - AT THE COURT OF THE OROBIE MOUNTAINS QUEEN: THE PRESOLANA
Stare at the 2.521 meters of this majestic “lady”: its calcareous walls are a wonder of nature which has been drawing mountain lovers for more than one century, in every season.
10. CARAVAGGIO - MEETING PILGRIMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Visit the sacred places attracting millions of pilgrims every year to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Caravaggio, the birthplace of the famous painter Michelangelo Merisi aka Caravaggio’s family.
11. ADMIRING THE FIRST STAMP EVER ISSUED
Take a walk under the arcade street of Cornello, one of Italy’s most beautiful hamlets, and reach the Museum of the Postal Service History and the Tasso family: here you can find a letter with the first stamp ever issued, the Penny Black.
12. FOLLOWING LEONARDO'S TRAILS ON WATER...ON BOARD OF HIS FERRY!
Cross the river Adda by means of a “Miracle” of sustainable engineering, designed by Leonardo da Vinci: the pier for his amazing reaction ferry is in Villa d’Adda.
13. DISCOVERING WHERE THE GREAT WARLORDS' ARMOURS CAME FROM
Come visit this precious medieval hamlet, also called the little Toledo due to its smithies, where weapons and armours were manufactured. Don’t miss the opening of the Serio Waterfalls nearby!
14. TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME ALONG THE STREETS OF THE OLD FORTIFIED HAMLET OF ROMANO
Cross the moat surrounding the old centre of Romano, one of the outposts of the great captain Bartolomeo Colleoni, and let the courtly atmosphere of this stronghold take you over.
15. EXPLORE THE RURAL ARCHITECTURES OF THE IMAGNA VALLEY, IN THE HAMLET OF ARNOSTO.
Stroll across the houses built with the “pride”, the stone blocks, and the “piode” roofs of this small village, which used to be one of the customs of the Venice Republic up to the XVIII Century.
16. WHICH SIDE OF SARNICO WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENJOY, THE VINTAGE AND ART NOUVEAY OR THE WATER SPORTS' ONE?
Do you prefer to enjoy the landscape during a nice walk along the lakeside, admiring art nouveau mansions and amazing mountains, or spending some thrilling hours with wakeboard and windsurf?
17. EXPERIENCING A MOMENT OF MEDITATION IN THE GARDEN OF PEACE Discover the humble roots of the Good Pope in Sotto il Monte. Visit his house of birth and the museum, or follow the spirituality route across the nature up to the Sanctuary dedicated to him.
18. STARING AT THE LAKE ENDINE FROM THE BIANZANO CASTLE
Overlook the entire Cavallina Valley from the tower of this fortress located directly above the lake Endine, and then go admire the art masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto in Trescore.
19. DO NOT MISS A TASTING IN THE VAL CALEPIO WINE COMPANIES
White, red, raisin or reserve wine? Choose your favourite Val Calepio. Taste this DOC wine from Bergamo in one of the many companies located among the hills covered by vineyards, and admire the lake shining from above.
20. LEAVING FOR A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH IN THE MINES.
Put on your helmet and discover the Di Scalve Valley’s mines, both on food or on the wagons of a small railroad: over four kilometres of tunnels winds up and down the mountain, in Schilpario.