Photo Essay: Historic Bergamo

Living in Milan, there are many cities and villages to discover around, many travel ideas that you could use if one day you decide to visit the north of Italy. I will give you my feedback on the impressive city of Bergamo.

Bergamo is one of these cities that you don’t expect to be as it is.


First because visitors that come in Italy will usually go for more touristic cities as Venice, Verona, Florence, Bologna, Rome, etc to make sure to experiment the must-see in Italy. Then, if you hear Italians Bergamo won’t be the first to be mentioned as most of them didn’t even visit it. But I can tell you that it is absolutely worth to see.

So I grabbed my camera and drove my car to the historic city of Bergamo that dominates the modern area. What a view from up there! You can see the Alps, the entire city and the closed villages. I actually took amazing pictures at sunset with nice light pink colors in the sky!

Then when you start walking in the tight charming pavement streets, you start to find out about the beauty of Bergamo: colorful old well maintained buildings, amazing huge wood doors, little bricks walls and bridges that join a house with another.

When you get to the center of the old city, you find yourself at the Piazza Vecchia surrounded by incredible preserved monuments from the 17th century. The Palazzo della Ragione was the head of administration in the ages of communes. Nowadays it is an art museum exhibited pieces from the Accademia Carrara. The citadel built by the Visconti in the 14th century shows beautiful arcades. The Roman Catholics cathedral is also a must see with nearby the octagonal baptistery built for the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

It s also a nice quiet place to shop for home-made and hand crafted products.  From via Gombito to via Colleoni is a traffic free and unpolluted environment.

I hope I gave you a nice overview of this particular city in the North of Italy. Historic Bergamo is a worth see city that will awake your senses by its colors, its monuments and history!


Thanks Amandine Dowle for your contribution