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Culture of Bergamo. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The territory of Bergamo is conventionally divided into two parts. Bergamo Alto district takes you back to the Middle Ages. This is a great place, which is home to a huge number of historical attractions. The district called Bergamo Basso is the modern part of the city. Start your observation of this part of the city from visiting Piazza Vecchia. The square is home to several beautiful architectural places of interest that are definitely worth making a visit. The facade of the magnificent building Palazzo della Ragione is decorated with the figure of a lion. The building was built in the beginning of the 12th century and has long been used as a city hall. In the beginning of the 16th century its main gallery was almost completely rebuilt and then was used to hold the audiences of Venetian governors. Nowadays the old city hall is the location of priceless frescoes by Bramante. The precious artifacts were brought here from various churches and cathedrals from different parts of Bergamo.
Bergamo has many unique historical sites, but walks in historic areas can hardly interest young travelers. One of the few cultural institutions of the city, which will be interesting to … Open
However, Contarini fountain named after its founder remains the main decoration of the square. The tallest building of the historic district of Bergamo can be also found here. This is the clock tower Torre del Campanone. The tower is also known as one of the main symbols of the city. In 1486 it was severely damaged by fire, but later the tower was completely rebuilt. Walking through the gallery halls of the tower, you can reach another beautiful area - Piazza del Duomo Square. The square is the location of a prominent religious landmark of Bergamo - Santa Maria Maggiore Church. All newcomers are surely amazed by the magnificent portal of the church, which is designed in Romanesque style, as well as its luxurious hall made in Baroque style. Without a doubt, the main relic of the basilica is the gravestone of the famous composer Donizetti, who was born in Bergamo.
Sant Alessandro Cathedral is an equally prominent and remarkable religious sights of Bergamo. The construction of the cathedral was started in the 6th century. The construction of the cathedral was completed only in the second half of the 19th century, so the building is a truly unique combination of different architectural styles. Tourists will be really interested in visiting this sight as six of its chapels and the nave of the cathedral were built in the 15th century; the interior furnishing was made in the 18th century, while the main decoration of the cathedral as well as its beautiful dome appeared only in the 19th century. You will find a magnificent baptistery right opposite to the cathedral. During the construction of the baptistery was the expensive Verona pink marble. The baptistery is considered one of the most beautiful architectural buildings of the old part of the city. The mandatory excursion program should also include a visit to Colleoni Chapel, which is considered a true example of wonderful Renaissance architecture. Copyright
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Bergamo and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Bergamo

Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC)
Where: Via S. Tomaso, 53, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 270272;
City Centre
Accademia Carrara
Where: Piazza Carrara, 82, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 399677/643;
The Donizetti Theatre
Where: Piazza Cavour, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 4160611;
Piazza Vecchia
Basilica Of Santa Maria Maggiore And Colleoni Chapel
Where: Piazza Duomo, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 223327 or +39 035 210061;
Where: Piazza Duomo, Bergamo;
Donizetti’s Museum
Where: Via Arena, 9, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 4284769;
Viale Delle Mura
Where: Via Rocca, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 221040;
Where: Piazza Cittadella, 10, Bergamo; Telephone: Tel;
Historical Museum And Ex S.francesco Cloister
Where: Piazza Mercato del Fieno 6/A, Bergamo;
San Vigilio
Teatro Sociale
Where: Via Colleoni, Bergamo;
Gaetano Donizetti´s House
Where: Via Borgo Canale, 14, Bergamo; Telephone: +39 035 244883;
San Pellegrino
Orobie Prealps
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Bergamo
♥   Palace 'Royal Villa of Monza' Monza, 32.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 45.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Litta' Milan, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Bergamo and around
♥   Art museum 'Accademia Carrara' Bergamo, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Bergamo
♥   Basilica di S. Martino di Tours, Alzano Lombardo, 6.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Giacomo, Pontida, 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica-Santuario della Madonna del Bosco, Imbersago, 17.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Martino e S. Maria Assunta, Treviglio, 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, Gandino, 22.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Bartolomeo e S. Girolamo Emiliani, Somasca, 22.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Nostra Signore di Caravaggio (della Fonte), Caravaggio, 24 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Bergamo and near

Crespi d Adda

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Nowadays the old village attracts people who like architecture. There was saving a family palace of Crespi in neogothic style. Other beautiful buildings are the Crespi d'Adda church, workers’ houses. Nothing has changed for about a hundred years. If you want to become engrossed in the past, walk in this old village. Now it is quite hard to imagine that earlier this area was one of the most technically equipped in Europe. There was a modern lighting system and even a good-working aqueduct. … Read further

Duomo di Milano

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
The cathedral is so great that it can accommodate up to 40 000 people. About 3 400 beautiful statues decorate a hall. The main symbol and the gem is the golden statue of Madonna, the patron saint of Milan. Paintings on walls and a ceiling of the cathedral require special attention. Some of them were created by the outstanding artist, Simone da Orsenigo. The roof of the cathedral has the great viewing platform that offers a spectacular view of the historic streets of Milan. … Read further
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Culture guide to Bergamo. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Bergamo: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Bergamo. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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