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What to see in Bergamo: Lower and Upper Town and surroundings

The Lombard city has so much to offer: from the nineteenth-century settings of the Lower City to the monuments of the Upper City.

What to see in Lower Bergamo

The Lower City is generally the first part of Bergamo you come across. Here, you can stroll along the so-called shopping quadrilateral of Bergamo and visit the Accademia Carrara and the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Walking through the streets, raising your eyes from time to time to see Art Nouveau buildings and nineteenth-century buildings, you will find the Church of the Grazie, with its unusual circular shape. You will then enter the Piacentinian Center, a neighborhood designed to be the new living room of the city. Don't miss Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Piazza Dante and the Sentierone, an avenue full of shops. Also noteworthy is the Church of San Marco whose interior is richly frescoed.

Go up to Bergamo Alta: what to see

A visit to Bergamo Alta, the historic part of the city, is an unforgettable experience. This area is full of historical monuments, cobbled streets and breathtaking views of the Lombard plains. The climb itself is spectacular: the funicular was built in 1887 and has faced the steep city hill for over a century.

One of the most emblematic places is Piazza Vecchia, the heart of Bergamo Alta. Here, you can admire the Palazzo della Ragione, the Civic Tower and the Contarini Fountain. Not far from Piazza Vecchia, you will find the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a masterpiece of religious architecture with richly decorated interiors.

Continuing your journey, don't miss a visit to the Castle of San Vigilio. Located on the top of a hill and connected by another funicular, it offers a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Finally, take a moment to stroll along the Venetian Walls, an impressive 16th-century fortification that surrounds the old city.

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