The perfect piazza, the heart of Bergamo Alta, and walls protected by UNESCO. At the foothills of the Orobie Alps, there’s more than meets the eye in this historic haven.
Perched on the hillside and held up by the great walls, four gates open to city beyond. Città Alta welcomes visitors with artisan ateliers, hidden courtyards, arcades, and long shadows.
Through the narrow medieval alleys and up to the ancient Torre Civica, whose 100 tolls have signalled 10PM for more than 360 years over Piazza Vecchia, Palazzo della Ragione, and Palazzo Nuovo. Meanwhile, Marcello Piacentini’s 1920’s architecture shines in Città Bassa and the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, GAMeC, boasts pieces from the Spagani, Manzù, and Stucchi collections.
Across the street, Botticelli, Raffaello, and Tiziano adorn the walls at the Accademia Carrara within a stunning Neoclassical building. On a warm summer evening in June, mixing both past and present, the Donizetti Night brings music to the streets among the alleys, cloisters, and monuments. Celebrate the composer born in 1797 and don’t forget to pass by his birth home located outside the walls of Città Alta, which has been transformed into a house museum.
While the arts flourish, so do the sciences, with Bergamo Scienza. The first weeks of October welcome the autumn foliage under the great walls, transforming urban spaces into an open-air scientific laboratory. A sparkling city with two souls.