Gaetano Donizetti, the celebrated composer who wrote works such as “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “L’elisir d’Amore”, was born in Bergamo in Via Borgo Canale, just outside the town walls.
The house of his birth, which today has been transformed into a museum, can be found in this street. But of all the museums dedicated to Donizetti, the most important must be the Donizetti Museum, which houses various mementos and records of his life.
This museum is situated in Via Arena, a continuation of Via Donizetti. These beautiful roads are closely connected to the famous composer, who died in Via Donizetti (see the plaque on the façade of Palazzo Scotti), and completed his musical studies in Via Arena.
The final monument connected to the memory of Donizetti is his tomb, which can be found in the central nave of the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, alongside the tomb of his much-loved teacher Simon Mayr.