Photo Gallery Bergamo
BERGAMO, CITTA' ALTA
Most of the high city is medieval. In the three and a half centuries the city was part of the domains of Venice (XV-XVIII century) its centre and urban plan were reconfigured. Click on any of the images on this page to see the full sized image.
The Cappella Colleoni is a very interesting mausoleum built in 1474 for the man who led many battles on behalf of Bergamo and Venice, and who belonged to one of the most illustrious families in town.
Steps leading to the top of the bell tower and the Venice lions.
The town has a medieval plan. The mixture of architectural styles adds to its charm. Most streets are too narrow for cars and circulation is limited to service vehicles and to a few upper town residents.
|The lavatoio (washtub) was built in the XIX century.|
The rocca and the castle date back to the XIV century. They look just like the kind of castle one would build in the sand... Built by the Visconti (a Milanese family), it looks a bit different from the one in Pavia or the one in Milan (begun by the Visconti and made bigger and better by the Sforza family. The Milan Castle was Leonardo's residence while he painted The Last Supper in his spare time).
The view is spectacular on every side. Bergamo alta is on top of a hill and the Alps are discernible on the background. On the other side is the Pianura (plane) Padana with Milan at its centre. The gold Madonna statue on top of the Duomo can be seen from Bergamo.