The city lies on the hills overlooking the plain since Roman times. Sheltered by the imposing Venetian wall, enclosing a thousand and one treasures.
Piazza Vecchia: perfect and unchanged over the centuries, it is the hub of the Upper Town, a meeting place and a stopover to admire the masterpieces that surround it on all four sides.
The Walls: since the 1500s the wall has surrounded Bergamo’s historic core, protecting it from invaders and the corrosion of time. Towers, bastions, casemates and 4 gates alternate along its 6000m perimeter.
San Vigilio: a majestic castle dominates the city of Bergamo. A visible symbol of power, it was also a defensive stronghold in case of invasion, with its hidden underground passageways.
The Bell Tower: every night at 10pm it chimes 100 times, a reminder of the days when the bell warned of the imminent closing of the wall’s gates. Let yourself be kidnapped by the Upper Town for a night.
“However, my birth was more secret, as I was born (sic) underground in Borgo Canale. You had to go down along a cellar staircase, where no light had ever entered. And I took flight, just like an owl…” reads a marble plaque located in Gaetano Donizetti Birthplace.
The Moroni have always been fans of art, to the point of filling their building with the works of the eponymous painter, not to mention Luini, Tallone, Previtali, Gianpietrino, Gozzi and Ronzon. And if you're still not sure about visiting, there's also a beautiful garden!