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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Bergamo: – Bergamo is a beautiful city in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, with a rich history and culture. It is divided into two parts: the upper town (Città Alta), which is surrounded by Venetian walls and has a medieval charm, and the lower town (Città Bassa), which is more modern and livelier. Here are some of the things you can do and see in Bergamo: – Explore the Città Alta, where you can admire the stunning architecture of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colleoni Chapel, and the Palazzo della Ragione. You can also visit the Rocca, a fortress that offers panoramic views of the city and the Alps. – Take a funicular ride from the Città Alta to the San Vigilio hill, where you can enjoy a peaceful walk in the park and see the ruins of a castle. – Visit the Accademia Carrara, one of the most important art galleries in Italy, which houses works by Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini, and other masters. – Experience the local cuisine, which is influenced by both Lombard and Venetian traditions. Try some of the specialties, such as casoncelli (stuffed pasta), polenta e osei (polenta with small birds), and donizetti (sweet pastries named after the composer who was born in Bergamo). – Attend one of the many cultural events that take place in Bergamo throughout the year, such as the Donizetti Opera Festival, the Bergamo Jazz Festival, and the Christmas Design Market. Bergamo is a city that will surprise you with its beauty and charm. It is easy to reach from Milan and other major cities in northern Italy by train or car. If you are looking for a destination that combines art, nature, and gastronomy, Bergamo is the perfect choice for you.

Via Pietro Paleocapa is part of the SS42 road which is a scenic route that runs through the Rhaetian Alps in Italy, connecting Edolo in the province of Brescia within the Lombardy region to Dimaro in Trentino, part of the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region. (Photos 1-2-3-4) – Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII is a street in Bergamo which runs from Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi to Piazza Giacomo Matteotti (Photos 5-9-10-11-12-13) – Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi is a square located in Bergamo, Italy. It was opened in 1854 along with the Bergamo-Brescia railway and is named after Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor and Nobel laureate who is considered the father of radio. Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi is situated in Lower Bergamo, which is part of Città Bassa (Lower Town). The square serves as a transportation hub and is also a place of culture and leisure. (Photos 6-7-8) – Largo Gianandrea Gavazzeni is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Torquato Tasso to Piazza Giacomo Matteotti (Photos 15 – 16) – Largo Bortolo Belotti is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Antonio Locatelli to Via Torquato Tasso (Photos 17-18-21) – Chiesa dei Santi Bartolomeo e Stefano is situated in the lower part of Bergamo, between Via Torquato Tasso and Largo Belotti, in an area formerly known as “Prato di S. Alessandro”. The church was built for the Dominican Religious Order in the first half of the 17th century, following the plan of architect Antonio Maria Caneva1. The church features one aisle with five chapels on each side. The choir is decorated with beautiful 16th-century inlays, while behind the main altar, you can admire the renowned Martinengo Altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto, dating back to 1516. (Photo 19) – Via Gennaro Sora is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Torquato Tasso to Via Gennaro Sora (Photo 20)

Piazza Dante Alighieri is a key space in the city center of Bergamo. It is the Palazzo della Procura and the Chamber of Commerce building. In the past, it was home to the historic Sant’Alessandro fair, which featured 540 shops. The square was redeveloped in the 1920s by Piacentini, who designed the entire complex of the Sentierone together with two other central squares, Vittorio Veneto and Matteotti. At the center of Piazza Dante stands a Zandobbio marble fountain depicting Neptune surrounded by tritons and sea horses. Below Piazza Dante, there is an underground area that was recently restored. During World War II, an air-raid shelter was built under the flooring. After the war, it was converted into a day hotel with various amenities such as public toilets, a barber, a shoemaker, a bookshop, a bar, and a large hall with billiards. (Phots 22-23) – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti is situated in the center of the modern new town of lower Bergamo and covers a vast amount of open space. The square also features a monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, who became King of a united Italy in 1849 and the Monument To Partisan whic features a bronze wall where a partisan is hung upside down. (Photos 24-25-26-27) – Largo Nicolò Rezzara is a street in Bergamo which runs from Piazza Pontida to Via Sant’Alessandro (Photos 28-29-31) – Chiesa di San Leonardo located is situated on Largo Rezzara, with one side bordering Via XX Settembre. It is the first church outside the ancient Muraine and gives its name to the important village of San Leonardo, in what was once Vico Crotacio from the homonymous column. The church is a Roman Catholic place of worship dedicated to Saint Leonard. The ancient church was possibly built above or near the ancient pagan temples dedicated to Pluto and Bacchus. It was located outside the suborbio, an uninhabited area, probably before the year 1000. (Photo 30)

Piazza Pontida is located in the San Leonardo neighborhood of Bergamo, Italy. It was once the main commercial area of Bergamo and is still a bustling hub of activity today. The square is surrounded by picturesque and colorful buildings, making it a great place to enjoy a fantastic aperitif. (Photo 32) – Via Sant’Alessandro is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via delle Tre Armi (Photo 33) – The Basilica di Sant’Alessandro in Colonna is a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church located on Via Sant’Alessandro in Bergamo . It is situated in the city’s lower town and is believed to be the site of the martyrdom of Saint Alessandro . The basilica is open to visitors and offers a serene atmosphere for prayer and reflection. (Photos 33-34) – Via Francesco Cucchi is a street in Bergamo which runs from Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via S. Benedetto (Photo 35) – The Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi is a statue dedicated to the Italian general and patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi. It is located in the lower town of Bergamo. The statue was originally located in Piazza Vecchia in the upper town and was later moved to its current location. – (Photo 36) – Via Antonio Locatelli is a street in Bergamo which runs from V.le V. Emanuele II to Via Giuseppe Verdi (Photos 37-38-39) – Piazzetta S. Marco is a small squre the is home to the Chiesa di San Marco (Photo 40)

Piazza della Libertà is a well know square in Bergamo which is home to the Palazzo della Libertà. Photos (41-42-43) – Palazzo della Libertà is a historic building located in Bergamo, Italy. The palace was built between 1937 and 1940 on a project by Alziro Bergonzo to become the local headquarters of the National Fascist Party. The palace was named Casa Littoria and dedicated to Antonio Locatelli, an airplane pilot in the First World War. The building is now under protection since 2011. Palazzo della Libertà has a parallelepiped shape, entirely covered with Zandobbio marble. The main facade, overlooking the square, consists of an imposing portico of twelve giant pillars, holding an architrave bearing the dedication to Antonio Locatelli. In front of each column, there is a copper lamp. The central access to the palace is surmounted by a balcony for public speeches, equipped with a mobile copper podium. The ceiling of the pronaos is decorated by circular elements. The roof is completely flat. Above the main portal, there is a frieze with eight bas-relief panels, work of the sculptor Leone Lodi. The palace houses various public offices such as the Prefecture, the offices of the Court, and the State Forestry Corps. It also has spaces for cultural activities such as an auditorium managed by Lab 80 film cooperative. (Photo 41)

Via Sant’Alessandro is a street in Bergamo which runs Largo Nicolò Rezzara to Porta San Giacomo (Photos 46-47-48-49-50 -51) – Porta San Giacomo is a gate located in Bergamo. It is the only breach in the walls that can be seen from Lower Bergamo, and it is made of white marble extracted from Zandobbio’s quarries in the nearby Cavallina Valley. The gate is enriched by a beautiful stone viaduct overlooking the plain. Porta San Giacomo used to be the entrance to Bergamo for those who came from Milan. It’s the only access to the walls that can be perfectly seen from Viale Vittorio Emanuele, the axis crossing Lower Bergamo from South to North, both for its position and for its color. The gate consists of a triangular pediment supported by classical semi-columns. Likewise, the other gates of the city, the carved Lion of Saint Mark dominates it, as a symbol of the Venice Republic. The gate is one of the most photographed places in Bergamo and an ideal background on which projecting colored lights during particular events (for instance, the colors of the Italian flag during national celebrations). You can lean on the balustrade and enjoy a stunning view of the Venetian fortification and a fantastic panorama of the Lower Town and the Plain up to the Apennines on one side. (Photo 52) – Viale delle Mur a street in Bergamo which runs from Piazzale S. Agostino to Largo Colle Aperto. (Photos 53-54-55)

Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe is a square located in the Upper Town of Bergamo. The square is set at an important intersection of several streets leading to the town and was once a thriving area of trade. According to tradition, the building with its 13th-century facade (now the funicular station, opened in 1887) was the seat of the Shoemakers’ Guild, from which the square takes its name, Shoe Market Square. In the medieval period, craftsmen and shopkeepers were organized into guilds. Their work was regulated by statutes approved by the Town Council. Several of these old statutory laws are conserved in the Civica Biblioteca (Public Library). The square has an irregular shape and is the first point of rest for tourists who visit the ancient part of Bergamo. The square is also an important traffic hub that connects Lower Bergamo with Upper Bergamo. It is also the arrival station of the funicular railway. (Photos 56-57) – Bergamo has a funicular railway line that connects the historic core of Città Alta (the suspended fortified city of Bergamo built up on a hill) with the Città Bassa, the financial lower city. The funicular railway is known as Funicolare Città Alta . It is located at Viale Vittorio Emanuele II 64, Bergamo. The funicular operates from Monday to Sunday with varying hours of operation. The Lower Funicular has been connecting the center of Bergamo with the Upper Town (“Città Alta”) for more than 120 years. It starts from Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, where many business activities used to be carried out. The funicular is loved by Bergamo’s citizens and tourists alike. It offers a unique experience of traveling across time while passing through the ancient Venetian walls that used to defend Bergamo from enemies’ attacks. The funicular consists of two lovely orange coaches that go up and down the hill, surrounded by beautiful gardens and amazing landscapes. On a clear day, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Po plain and even catch sight of the Apennines. (Photo 57)

Via Gombito is a street in Bergamo which runs from Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe to Piazza Vecchia. (Photo 58) – The Church of San Pancrazio is located in the Citta Alta of Bergamo. The structure dates back to the 15th century and was modified in the 18th century. The facade is rather simple and bare in the Romanesque-Gothic style. The interior has a single nave, with baroque and classic accents. The church is open to visitors and admission is free. The church is located near San Pancrazio, a district particularly populated by business people. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and renovated in the 18th century. It presents an ogive archway from the ancient medieval facade. It has a simple interior, with a single nave with 5 chapels on each side. It hosts some works by Cavagna and Salmeggia. A beautiful fountain designed in 1549 by Leonardo Isabello decorates the small square in front of the church. (Photos 58-59) – Via Mario Lupo is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Gombito to Piazza Padre Reginaldo Giuliani (Photos 60-61-62-)

Piazza Vecchia is the heart of the Upper Town, Città Alta, in Bergamo. It has been the core of political power for centuries and remains one of the most popular places for Bergamo’s citizens to spend time with friends. The square is home to several notable landmarks: – Palazzo della Ragione:- The oldest municipal seat in Lombardy, which has served as the heart of political power since the late 1100s. – Torre Civica:- Also known as “Campanone,” this bell tower stands tall in Piazza Vecchia. – Contarini Fountain:- Donated to the city by Alvise Contarini in 1780, this fountain is located in the middle of the square. – Palazzo Nuovo:- Formerly Bergamo’s Town Hall until 1873, it now houses the Angelo Mai Library, which boasts an incredible collection of ancient and precious books. The geometrical layout of the buildings around Piazza Vecchia is so harmonious that Le Corbusier once remarked, “you can’t move a single stone, it would be a crime”. The square area was originally delimited by today’s Piazza Duomo and became the center of the medieval town. Piazza Vecchia is a lovely and unexpected opening amidst the alleys and narrow streets leading to it. It offers a perfect place to admire the beauty of Città Alta. The square has a rich history dating back to Ancient Rome and continues to be a vibrant hub for locals and tourists alike. (Photos 63-64-65-66-67)

Piazza Duomo, located in the Upper Town (Città Alta) of Bergamo, is a historically significant square that houses several iconic landmarks. It is situated within the Venetian Walls and can be reached by passing through Piazza Vecchia and Palazzo della Ragione. Piazza Duomo is home to a diverse range of architectural styles, each representing different periods in history. This unique blend of styles creates an unparalleled atmosphere that tells the story of art, history, and life in a way that cannot be found elsewhere. The square is dominated by the impressive Bergamo Cathedral, which overlooks the area. Other notable structures include the Baptistery, the Bishop’s Palace, and the Curia. Piazza Duomo has been an integral part of Bergamo’s public life for centuries. It was once the city’s medieval square, dedicated to St. Vincent, and served as a hub for contracts, exchanges, and public announcements. Over time, it has undergone various modifications and renovations. Visitors to Piazza Duomo can expect to witness centuries of history and architectural marvels within a limited perimeter. The square offers a unique experience that showcases the rich heritage of Bergamo Alta. (Photos 68-69-73-74)

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is a church located in Bergamo Alta, specifically in Piazza del Duomo. It was built in the second half of the 12th century and features original Romanesque-Lombard architectural lines on the exterior. The interior, on the other hand, is adorned in Baroque style between 1600 and 1700. The basilica holds deep historical significance for the city of Bergamo. Its construction began in 1137 after the people of Bergamo vowed to dedicate a church to the Virgin Mary if she protected them from a devastating plague outbreak. The church turned out to be truly magnificent and was further embellished in subsequent centuries. Inside, you’ll find frescoes, stuccos, tapestries, and wooden marquetry designed by the renowned artist Lorenzo Lotto. One unique feature of the basilica is the absence of a main entrance and facade. Instead, there are only side entries. The northern side features the Red Lions Portal overlooking Piazza Duomo, while the opposite side is located in Piazza Rosate and showcases the White Lions Porta. The church’s location was not accidental; it stands on a site that once housed a temple dedicated to the Goddess Clemenza during Roman times and later a church consecrated to the Virgin Mary in the 8th century. Between the two portals on the north side, you can observe ancient measurements fixed on the wall that were used in Bergamo during the Middle Ages. These include the Capitium Comunis Pergami (rod – 2.63 meters) and Brachium (arm’s length – 53.1 cm), which served as points of reference for weavers and traders. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is also home to a funerary monument dedicated to Gaetano Donizetti, a famous music composer who symbolizes Bergamo worldwide. (Photos 70-71-72)

The Cattedrale di Bergamo is a church located in the Upper Town (Città Alta) of Bergamo, specifically in Piazza del Duomo. It is the largest church in the city and is dedicated to Saint Alexander, the patron saint of Bergamo. The cathedral was built in the 15th century and features a blend of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The building holds numerous treasures, such as paintings by Giovan Battista Moroni and Andrea Previtali, an altarpiece by Carlo Ceresa, and some wood and marble inlays by Andrea Fantoni. However, the most precious item you can admire is the tiara belonged to Pope John XXIII, now Saint John XXIII, who was born in the village of Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo: a sparkling gold headgear decorated with pearls, rubies, diamonds, and emeralds, created by the goldsmith Attilio Nani. The mortal remains of Saint Alessandro Martyr, Bergamo’s patron saint, are kept in an urn inside the high altar. (Photos 75-76)

Piazza Mascheroni Lorenzo is located in Bergamo. The exact address is Piazza Lorenzo Mascheroni, 24129 Bergamo. The piazza is known for its historical significance and architectural beauty. Under the Venetian rule, it served as a market square. The buildings surrounding the piazza house impressive structures of cellars and floors from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. (Photo 77) – Piazza della Cittadella is located in Bergamo. The square is home to Cittadella Viscontea, a historical citadel that was built in the most central point of Bergamo to defend the city from enemy attacks and as a sort of garrison house in case of popular uprising. The citadel was constructed by the Visconti family, head of Milan’s Duchy and Bergamo’s ruler from 1332 to 1428. Today, the square has become a typical square in Città Alta and still hosts many traces of its past. (Photo 78) – Via Costantino Beltrami is a street in Bergamo which runs from Largo di Porta S. to Via Castagneta (Photo 79) – Largo di Porta S. Alessandro is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Sforza Pallavicino to Via Borgo Canale (Photos 80-81) – Via Sudorno is a street in Bergamo which runs from Largo di Porta S. Alessandro to Largo di Porta S. Alessandro (Photos 82-83) – Via S. Vigilio is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via Sudorno to Via Monte Bastia (Photos 84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93) – Via al Castello is a street in Bergamo which runs from Via S. Vigilio to Parco Del Castello Di San Vigilio (Photos 94-95-96-97-98-99-100)

Bergamo Cusine: – Is a city with a rich culinary tradition, influenced by its geographical position and historical events. Some of the special cuisines for Bergamo are:- Polenta: a cornmeal porridge that can be served with cheese, meat, or vegetables:- Casoncelli alla Bergamasca: a type of stuffed pasta similar to ravioli, but with a half-moon shape. The filling consists of meat, parmesan cheese, and herbs, and the pasta is served with butter, bacon, sage, and more cheese. Casoncelli are a typical dish of Bergamo and can be found in many restaurants and trattorias:- Strangolapreti: a kind of gnocchi made with spinach or nettle. The name means “priest stranglers” and it is said that it comes from a legend that a priest choked on these gnocchi while eating them too fast. Strangolapreti are usually boiled and dressed with butter and cheese:- PDO cheeses: Bergamo is the Italian province with the highest number of Protected Designation of Origin cheeses, which are products that have specific characteristics related to their place of origin. Some of the most famous PDO cheeses from Bergamo are – Formai de Mut – Taleggio -Bitto -Grana Padano – Gorgonzola – Quartirolo Lombardo – Provolone Valpadana – Salva Cremasco – and Strachitunt. These cheeses can be enjoyed on their own or paired with bread, honey, jam, or wine:- Polenta e Osei: a traditional dessert of Bergamo that consists of a sponge cake covered with chocolate and decorated with small birds made of marzipan. The name means “polenta and birds” and it is inspired by the rural custom of eating polenta with game birds. Polenta e Osei is usually eaten on special occasions, such as weddings or birthdays.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 in Bergamo – Via Pietro Paleocapa to Via Gennaro Sora
Approximately 1.39 km – 0.86 miles

The walk starts in – Via Pietro Paleocapa – Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII – Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi – Viale Papa Giovanni XXII – Chiesa Prepositurale di Santa Maria Immacolata delle Grazie, Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII – Largo Gianandrea Gavazzeni – Largo Bortolo Belotti – Chiesa dei Santi Bartolomeo e Stefano – Via Gennaro Sora

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 in Bergamo – Largo Bortolo Belotti to  Viale Vittorio Emanuele II
Approximately 2.24 km – 1.39 miles

The walk starts in Largo Bortolo Belotti – Via Monte Grappa – Piazza Dante Alighieri – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti – Via XX Settembre – Chiesa di San Leonardo, Largo Nicolò Rezzara – Largo Nicolò Rezzara – Piazza Pontida – Via Sant’Alessandro – Basilica di Sant’Alessandro in Colonna, Via Sant’Alessandro – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Francesco Cucch – Via Vittore Tasca -Viale Roma – Via Zelasco Giovanni e Rodolfo – Via Antonio Locatelli – Piazzetta S. Marco – Piazza della Libertà – Via Francesco Petrarca – Viale Vittorio Emanuele II

Photo Gallery of Walk 3 in Bergamo –  Via Salita della Scaletta to Cattedrale di Bergamo, Piazza Duomo
Approximately 1.39 km – 0.86 miles

The walk starts in Via Salita della Scaletta – Via Sant’Alessandro – Porta San Giacomo – Viale delle Mura – Via S. Giacomo – Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe – Funicolare Città Bassa, Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe – Via Gombito – Fontana Del Gombito – Chiesa di San Pancrazio, Via S. Pancrazio – Via Gombito -Via Mario Lupo – Via Gombito – Piazza Vecchia – Piazza Duomo – Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Cattedrale di Bergamo, Piazza Duomo

Photo Gallery of Walk 4 in Bergamo – Piazza Mascheroni Lorenzo to Castello di San Vigilio
Approximately  1.27 km – 0.80 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Mascheroni Lorenzo – Piazza della Cittadella – Via Costantino Beltrami – Largo di Porta S. Alessandro – Via Sudorno – Via S. Vigilio – Via al Castello –  Castello di San Vigilio, Colle San Vigilio, Via al Castello