Duomo and streets, Italy
Bergamo Cathedral (Duomo), though many - including locals - don't consider it to be a proper cathedral.
Renaissance-ornate like the other two structures on Piazza Duomo, though larger, the cathedral can't help but be a little disappointing after the artistry and splendour of its neighbours, especially the Basilica. Any other city (except Rome or Florence) and the Duomo would be a major attraction but not so much here in Bergamo.
That's one very busy ceiling. No one sleeps in this house of God!
Piazza Vecchia and the Palazzo della Ragione, headed by a Venetian lion emblem.
Adjacent to the Duomo is Piazza Vecchia, the old town square, a delightful space and the place to sit for a while with an invigorating drink after staggering from one mass of eye-stinging, pious bling to another.
Steps up to 12thC Palazzo della Ragione's exhibition area and panoramic views over Bergamo
A wine shop in this very, very affluent town.
The Rocca, castle, very little to see (including the view) so not much of an attraction. Boo.
A typical medieval street in the old town centre.
And finally, time for a lie-down. Caio bello Bergamo! Small but worth a day trip. Next, Lake Como.
Best: June, July, September, with pleasant high temperatures (23C-28C), acceptable lows (14C-17C) and modest rainfall. The wettest months statistically are May and August, the driest but coldest (7C-0C) mid-winter.
Milan is the nearest big city and just 40 minutes away by train or an hour by car or bus.
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