Bergamo Alta (Upper City)

Before you get lost in the blue of the Alps that fade into the sky, your eyes meet a wonderful, impressive terrace overlooking the plains and mountains: this is the way Bergamo greets people when they arrive. Bergamo owes its charm to a harmonious succession of lively hamlets, old neighborhoods, richly decorated places of faith, modern shopping streets, green spaces where to stop for a break and hills to walk in the stillness of nature.
Bergamo is divided into two distinct urban areas: the lower city (the modern part) and the upper city, still entirely surrounded by medieval walls that have maintained their original appearance almost intact over the centuries.
The easiest way to reach the upper city is the old cable railway from 1887 that climbs between the magnificent gardens, as an alternative there are some small stairways climbing up among the villas.
It takes just half a day to get an idea of the natural, artistic and historic beauties of the upper city, walking through the alleys and small squares, admiring the medieval tower-houses and visiting the most important monuments.
The oldest part of the city is “Piazza Vecchia” with a fountain named "Contarini" in the middle. There you can see some historic buildings such as the “Palazzo del Podestà”, the “Palazzo della Ragione” and above all the imposing medieval tower of the municipality that still today, at 10pm, tolls 100 strokes recalling the time when the city gates were closed. It was the poetry of this set of buildings to fascinate one of the great architects of history, Le Corbusier, who called it one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
In the nearby “Piazza del Duomo” you can see the Cathedral, rich in frescoes and valuable decorations, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, in austere Romanesque style, whose portal is framed by columns supported by reddish lions. and the “Colleoni” Chapel, built entirely with marble. Inside there is the tomb of Colleoni and an equestrian statue in gilded wood in memory of his past as a great leader.
From here starts Via Arena, one of the oldest streets in the city, with the cloister of Santa Grata and the Museum of Gaetano Donizetti which houses the relics of the artist and his piano.
The Upper City is a perfect blend of history and modernity, with picturesque views and charming squares opening here and there among elegant shops.

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B&B Ai Frassini www.aifrassini.com 
B&B La Chambre d'Hote  www.bbballabio.com
B&B Partenza Funivia Piani d'Erna  www.bbpartenzafunivia.com
B&B Al Castello  www.alcastellobeb.it
B&B Le Colombine  www.beblecolombine.it