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Piazza Vecchia

Piazza Vecchia

This Renaissance Square – the most beautiful in Europe, according to Le Corbusier - is the heart of Bergamo. It is overlooked by the Palazzo della Ragione, the Campanone and the massive façade of the ancient Town Hall.
The Venetian walls

The Venetian walls

The Venetian walls offer access to the city through four gates. On the Porta di Sant’Agostino the lion of St. Mark can be seen (as on all the gates), as it was necessary to show foreign visitors that Venice ruled here in Bergamo. The western gate is that of Sant’Alessandro, thus named because the church of the same saint stood nearby. The smallest gate is Porta Garibaldi, originally known as Porta San Lorenzo and renamed when Garibaldi entered the city through it in 1859. It is the least striking of the four gates as historically it was used only by traders carrying goods from northern Europe and not by the important members of society who entered the city through the other three. Porta San Giacomo, on the other hand, built in the sixteenth century, is made of white marble and was the first gate that could be seen by those arriving from the flatlands. Today it can be admired from the lower town, especially from Porta Nuova.
City Centre - Lower Town

City Centre - Lower Town

Leave time for a walk in the modern centre – the large area around piazza Vittorio Veneto – which was planned during the early 20th century, by the architect Marcello Piacentini, and is a very interesting example of town planning.
Virtual Bergamo

Virtual Bergamo

A bird view to Bergamo and its land!
Basilica Of Santa Maria Maggiore and Colleoni Chapel

Basilica Of Santa Maria Maggiore and Colleoni Chapel

The Basilica (built in 1137) is the most remarkable religious building in the city. It also hosts the Donizetti’s grave. The Colleoni Chapel is a masterpiece of the Lombard Renaissance.
Accademia Carrara

Accademia Carrara

This gallery hosts one of the richest collections in Italy with around 2,000 paintings from the 15th to the 18th century. The Accademia Carrara will remain closed for renovation work until the 2015, but a selection of the works are on display in the Palazzo della Ragione building in Upper town.
Cittadella

Cittadella

This is also a fortified building which hosts the Natural Sciences Museum and the Archeological Museum. Each museum offers guided tours and educational activities. +39 035 286 011 (Natural Sciences) Tel: +39 035 242 839 (Archeological)
Civic Tower (Campanone - Big Bell) and Palazzo del Podestà

Civic Tower (Campanone - Big Bell) and Palazzo del Podestà

A symbol of the medieval city, the 52-metre high Civic Tower offers splendid views over Upper and Lower Bergamo. The Civic Tower bell sounds over 100 times at 10 pm every evening to signal the old curfew when the gates of the city were closed. Originally the residence of the Suardi-Colleoni families, the Palazzo del Podestà was the seat of the Podestà (Chief magistrate or Governor) from the 12th to the 15th century. Today it hosts the History Museum of Veneto Age.
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