Nature and culture around the Upper Town

The cultural association Guide Turistiche Città di Bergamo proposes a pleasant guided walk in the Upper Town to places where history and nature have created particularly stimulating landscapes.

Organized by    2019_logo_guide turistiche

Date

14 - 21   September

Hour

3.00 p.m.

Place

Meeting point: San Giacomo Gate and Colle Aperto - Bergamo

Saturday 14th September

Nature and culture around the Rosate Hill
Meeting point: San Giacomo Gate, Upper Town, at 3.00 p.m.

The itinerary starts from the San Giacomo Gate, an outstanding panoramic viewpoint, from where a magnificent view on the Lower Town and the powerful town wall is offered. The latter built as a defence structure is today part of the Unesco World Heritage, and  presents an ideal ambient for flora and fauna thanks to the particular Mediterranean microclimate,  which is rather unusual for our northern latitude. The walk takes us to the Rosate Hill through silent and half-hidden lanes , up to the southern entrance gate of the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, from there to the medieval Cathedral Square where the most important religious buildings can be admired, such as the Alexander Cathedral, the  northern entrance to the Romanesque basilica, the Baptistry, as well as  the Colleoni Chapel, a true jewel of Lombard Renaissance.  The walk ends  in Piazza Vecchia, the main square and the very heart of the Upper Town, surrounded  by the antique Palazzo della Ragione (the medieval townhall) built during the 12th century, the civic tower and the Palazzo Nuovo, today  the seat of the historic Angelo Mai library.

 

Saturday 21th September

Nature and culture around Colle Aperto
Meeting point: Colle Aperto square, Upper Town, near the newspaper stand, at 3.00 p.m.

The beauty and uniqueness of Bergamo are partly due to its outstanding location on top of the hill, with surroundings at its feet that range from the Orobic Alps to the north Italian plain. The modern landscape reveals traces of man’s millenary efforts to employ the steep slopes of the hill at best and make them  usable for man’s purposes.

The itinerary starts at the Colle Aperto square and leads through the Alexander Gate to a lane called Via degli Orti which, as such, reveals  the close relationship between human labour and nature. From here we enjoy the panorama of the broad Conca d’Oro (the “golden valley”) where, since ancient times, the inhabitants grow a variety of vegetables, among which the precious “scarola dei colli” (a special salad).
Walking up  from Borgo Canale (another toponymy symptomatic of man’s labour in this area) we enter  into the town and go towards  the historic center of Piazza Vecchia, the Renaissance square,  surrounded by buildings such as the antique Palazzo della Ragione (the medieval townhall) built during the 12th century, the civic tower and the Palazzo Nuovo, today the seat of the historic Angelo Mai library. From here we cross to the medieval Cathedral Square where the most important religious buildings can be admired, such as the Alexander Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Romanesque Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel, a jewel of Lombard Renaissance.

Informations and booking

two-hour walk
participation free of charge
booking is requested by phone at number +39 328 6123502 or by mail to info@bergamoguide.it.