Bergamo is an ancient town just 40kms north of Milan in the state of Lombardy, north Italy.
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In the dim and distant past Bergamo was a Celtic settlement but it really hit the map when it became a Roman town in 49 BC.
North of the town the Alps begin, so tourists often visit Bergamo, albeit briefly (and that's all you need), en route for other Italian holiday destinations such as Lake Maggiore or Lake Como.
Bergamo's pleasant Citta Bassa, low town; Bassa is much, much newer than Alta, distantly visible.
The 17th century defensive walls of the Citta Alta.
There is a cable car connecting the lower town to the upper, as well as a well marked footpath. Parking near the cable car (funicular) in Bassa is plentiful and up in the rarified atmosphere of Alta it's very limited, though the bugcrew had no huge problem parking outside this wall. Inside the wall? Forget it!
The view from a high point inside the historic centre of Bergamo Citta Alta.
A typical shady medieval street inside the city walls; tourists passing a monastery.
The main attraction in Bergamo is the interior opulence of these three religious institutions, the Duomo, Basilica and Cappella Colleoni.
Next, Capella Pictures, Bergamo.
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