Parco dei Colli

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Did you know that Bergamo is the only city enclosed within a park?

Bergamo’s Hill Park or Parco dei Colli, which stretches for more than 4,700 hectares, brings together the capital and other neighbouring municipalities in a big crown, jewelled with a wide variety of vegetation, animals and landscapes, from the historic core in the Upper Town and nature reserves to the beautiful valley that is home to the former Astino monastery.

You can walk around for hours losing yourself in the wonders of the park: reach the San Vigilio Castle, Bergamo’s highest point, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding territory; run up and down the stairs; visit Donizetti’s birthplace or the Church of Santa Grata Inter Vites… The Parco dei Colli truly offers you so many possibilities!


In the centre of the valley you can find the former Astino monastery, an impressive structure dating back to the Middle Ages. Recently, it’s had new life breathed into it in the form of cultural initiatives and events as well as an organic cultivation of the crops originally grown in the Bergamo area.

As well as Astino, there is another former Benedictine monastery in the Parco dei Colli, the Valmarina monastery. Housed in the cultivated terraces of the valley, dating back to at least the twelfth century A.D., it is now the main office of the Parco dei Colli.

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Did you know that Bergamo is the only city enclosed within a park?

Bergamo’s Hill Park or Parco dei Colli, which stretches for more than 4,700 hectares, brings together the capital and other neighbouring municipalities in a big crown, jewelled with a wide variety of vegetation, animals and landscapes, from the historic core in the Upper Town and nature reserves to the beautiful valley that is home to the former Astino monastery.

You can walk around for hours losing yourself in the wonders of the park: reach the San Vigilio Castle, Bergamo’s highest point, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding territory; run up and down the stairs; visit Donizetti’s birthplace or the Church of Santa Grata Inter Vites… The Parco dei Colli truly offers you so many possibilities!


In the centre of the valley you can find the former Astino monastery, an impressive structure dating back to the Middle Ages. Recently, it’s had new life breathed into it in the form of cultural initiatives and events as well as an organic cultivation of the crops originally grown in the Bergamo area.

As well as Astino, there is another former Benedictine monastery in the Parco dei Colli, the Valmarina monastery. Housed in the cultivated terraces of the valley, dating back to at least the twelfth century A.D., it is now the main office of the Parco dei Colli.