Guided tours and touristic itineraries in the heart of Bergamo • • Visit Bergamo

Guided tours and touristic itineraries in the heart of Bergamo

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WHAT YOU WILL DO

-       go 45 metres up the Torre dei Caduti (Memorial Tower)

-       admire the works of Lorenzo Lotto, GianBattista Moroni and Carlo Ceresa.

 

WHAT AWAITS YOU

The Piacentiniano Centre is located in the area where the Sant'Alessandro Trade Fair was held. From the early 1900s, designed by architect Marcello Piacentini, the transformation of this central area of the Lower Town begun.

This is how the impressive buildings and wide avenues arose, that still today draw the elegant structure of the heart of Bergamo: The Bank of Italy, the Palace of Justice, the Chamber of Commerce and Unicredit. In the middle, the Quadriportico, Piazza Dante and the Memorial Tower.

The “Guided tours and touristic itineraries in the heart of Bergamo” project provides three different packages, each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes:

-       Package A: The Piacentiniano Centre, with the Santa Marta Cloister and the Memorial Tower: a changing city.

-       Package B: The Piacentiniano Centre and Borgo Sant'Antonio - Pignolo: historical streets, buildings and institutions.

-       Package C: The Piacentiniano Centre and Borgo San Leonardo - Piazza Pontida: shops, markets and places of faith.


In the first package, you will first visit the fifteenth-century Santa Marta Cloister, a jewel hidden among the porticoes of the buildings that overlook Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Home to exhibitions and cultural events, it houses two highly prestigious sculptures: the statue of the "Seated Cardinal", by the internationally renowned Bergamasco sculptor Giacomo Manzù, and a monolith by Anish Kapoor.

You will then go up the Memorial Tower, 45 metres high, from where you can admire a panorama that goes beyond the city and extends to the neighbouring provinces. Built after the First World War, written on the outside is the speech by General Diaz, commander of the Italian army, announcing victory.

Package B will allow you to explore Borgo Sant'Antonio-Pignolo, located east of the Piacentiniano Centre. It’s one of Bergamo’s historic boroughs, dotted with Renaissance and neoclassical buildings: historic houses that will amaze you with their grandeur.

In the borough, you will also find artisan shops, such as a famous violin maker, and art galleries. In past centuries, Borgo Pignolo was crossed by those who came from Venice and headed towards the Upper Town.

The third package will show you the borough that extends to the west of the Piacentiniano Centre, San Leonardo: here 5 city streets flow into Piazza Pontida. Originally, the borough was animated by commercial traffic, while today it has become a place to spend the evenings, overlooking the colourful and vibrant facades of historic buildings.

There are also small boutiques and shops that sell local crafts, where you can find unique pieces. Here also stands the Church of Sant'Alessandro in Colonna, dedicated to the patron saint of Bergamo, who is said to have been beheaded in the church square, where today remains a pillar to remember it. In the sacristies, you can see the "Dead Christ Mourned" by Lorenzo Lotto, painted in 1520-1521.

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WHAT YOU WILL DO

-       go 45 metres up the Torre dei Caduti (Memorial Tower)

-       admire the works of Lorenzo Lotto, GianBattista Moroni and Carlo Ceresa.

 

WHAT AWAITS YOU

The Piacentiniano Centre is located in the area where the Sant'Alessandro Trade Fair was held. From the early 1900s, designed by architect Marcello Piacentini, the transformation of this central area of the Lower Town begun.

This is how the impressive buildings and wide avenues arose, that still today draw the elegant structure of the heart of Bergamo: The Bank of Italy, the Palace of Justice, the Chamber of Commerce and Unicredit. In the middle, the Quadriportico, Piazza Dante and the Memorial Tower.

The “Guided tours and touristic itineraries in the heart of Bergamo” project provides three different packages, each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes:

-       Package A: The Piacentiniano Centre, with the Santa Marta Cloister and the Memorial Tower: a changing city.

-       Package B: The Piacentiniano Centre and Borgo Sant'Antonio - Pignolo: historical streets, buildings and institutions.

-       Package C: The Piacentiniano Centre and Borgo San Leonardo - Piazza Pontida: shops, markets and places of faith.


In the first package, you will first visit the fifteenth-century Santa Marta Cloister, a jewel hidden among the porticoes of the buildings that overlook Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Home to exhibitions and cultural events, it houses two highly prestigious sculptures: the statue of the "Seated Cardinal", by the internationally renowned Bergamasco sculptor Giacomo Manzù, and a monolith by Anish Kapoor.

You will then go up the Memorial Tower, 45 metres high, from where you can admire a panorama that goes beyond the city and extends to the neighbouring provinces. Built after the First World War, written on the outside is the speech by General Diaz, commander of the Italian army, announcing victory.

Package B will allow you to explore Borgo Sant'Antonio-Pignolo, located east of the Piacentiniano Centre. It’s one of Bergamo’s historic boroughs, dotted with Renaissance and neoclassical buildings: historic houses that will amaze you with their grandeur.

In the borough, you will also find artisan shops, such as a famous violin maker, and art galleries. In past centuries, Borgo Pignolo was crossed by those who came from Venice and headed towards the Upper Town.

The third package will show you the borough that extends to the west of the Piacentiniano Centre, San Leonardo: here 5 city streets flow into Piazza Pontida. Originally, the borough was animated by commercial traffic, while today it has become a place to spend the evenings, overlooking the colourful and vibrant facades of historic buildings.

There are also small boutiques and shops that sell local crafts, where you can find unique pieces. Here also stands the Church of Sant'Alessandro in Colonna, dedicated to the patron saint of Bergamo, who is said to have been beheaded in the church square, where today remains a pillar to remember it. In the sacristies, you can see the "Dead Christ Mourned" by Lorenzo Lotto, painted in 1520-1521.

Offer details

Three different packages, each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The tours are made on request, with 3 days notice, at least 6 people (and up to a maximum of 25).

The cost is €18 per person, while children under 12 are free (but are not considered in the 6 people minimum).

Duration of offer
All year
Price

€18 per person