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  • The city of Bergamo, located between the plain and the hills of the Bergamo Alps, is clearly divided into two parts: the Upper Town, with its historic centre, and the modern Lower Town.
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  • The Baptistery, with its octagonal shape, was erected in 1340 by Giovanni da Campione; it was originally located in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • The old town is built on a system of hills located at the feet of the Bergamo Alps, at the beginning of the plain.
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  • Leaning against the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, the Capella Colleoni, a gem of the Renaissance, was commissioned by Bartolomeo Colleoni to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his daughter.
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  • Built in the 14th century, Piazza Vecchia is the city's symbol, with the Palazzo de la Ragione (Palace of Reason), a symbol of the Communal period, the 'Campanone', and the 'Domus Suardorum' all standing on it.
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  • At the bottom of the hill on which the old town is located, separated by strongholds that were built under Venetian rule, unfolds the modern-looking urban centre. The marked division between the ?upper city' and the ?lower city' has always characterised the city's structure. The ?upper city' is the most interesting from an artistic point of view. As you walk along the cobbled lanes you will discover ...
    © Anastasy Yarmolovich / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

At the bottom of the hill on which the old town is located, separated by strongholds that were built under Venetian rule, unfolds the modern-looking urban centre. The marked division between the ?upper city' and the ?lower city' has always characterised the city's structure. The ?upper city' is the most interesting from an artistic point of view. As you walk along the cobbled lanes you will discover Vecchia Square and the Palace of Reason. Next to it, Duomo Square is surrounded by the most remarkable religious buildings in the city, with the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Colleoni Chapel, the baptistery and the cathedral. Each is a testament to the city's history and constitutes evidence of an artistic fervour which continued to animate the cultural life of the city throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For centuries Bergamo was under Venetian rule and was influenced by 'La Serenissima', particularly when it came to painting. We are reminded, in particular, of the Martyrdom of Saint John by Tiepolo, which is kept in the cathedral.

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Surface area : 23.9 km2

Population : 9742676 inhabitants

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