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Posted on Jun 5, 2013 in Bergamo | 0 comments

Walls of Bergamo: a majestic work never used for military purposes

Walls of Bergamo: a majestic work never used for military purposes

During the Venetian domination in the XVI century, it was decided to build new walls  in order to safeguard the old village. The walls had to be arranged with a modern defense system and with ramparts staggered around a withdrawn wall. This change was made because of the new weapons capable to destroy the old walls. In order to build the fortifications a great number of existing buildings were destroyed, some were religoius and beloved by the population as the Church of Sant’Alessandro. As you can imagine this activity caused displeasure and aven censures on one side and on the other descrive in a definitive way the urban landscape fixing what was filed within the walls. The ring of the city walls is six kilometers long and the entry is through four gates: Porta Sant’Agostino, Porta San Giacomo, Porta Sant’Alessandro e Porta San Lorenzo. Several part of the walls are fifty meters high and some moats without water were dug. Inside the fortifications tunnels were hollowed and went through....

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Posted on Jul 3, 2013 in Bergamo | 0 comments

On Sant’Eufemia hill in the Upper City: the Rocca of Bergamo

On Sant’Eufemia hill in the Upper City: the Rocca of Bergamo

The construction works started in 1331 when the city was been under the power of the King of Bohemia and they finished in 1336 with some actions ordered by Guglielmo di Castelbarco first and then by Azzone Visconti. In that period the Rocca of Bergamo was part of the defensive compound that included the Cittadella, which is present a part, and the Cittadella Superiore, now disappeared. The Rocca is composed by a quadrangular fortified tower and it showed four round towers at the corners. Under the Venetian Power, when the Venetian Walls were built, a big round tower was added to the Rocca, equipped with features suitable to the arming of the Sixteenth century, as instance gaps for cannons. Where the park of the Rocca set nowadays, there is the ancient medieval square tower for defensive purpose in the past. Nowadays it is possible to enter the compound through a gate placed two meters above the ground using masonry stairs and there is also the access gate of the...

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Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Bergamo | 0 comments

Bergamo nightlife: how to spend your night in the city

Bergamo nightlife: how to spend your night in the city

Are you looking for Bergamo nightlife? The city is not to big, but it offers many opportunities to satisfy every taste and different needs. Both you are on holidays and you are in the city for job, you can start your evening in a right way in one of the many locals for the happy hour relaxing with friends or, why not, meeting new people, drinking beer, spritz (a typical italian aperitif) or something else, all matched with music, dj-set and snaks. In front of the Donizetti theater every friday night at Balzer, the patisserie that hosted on its table Maria Callas, Gavazzeni, Mastroianni, Gassman and many other people from the world of entertainment and politics, there is a rich happy hour as at La Marianna, the historic cafè in the Upper City. During summer nights there are open air parties and aperitif, for example on the Venetian Walls where there are open air pubs from which the outlook is very striking. In the city there are also unmissable...

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Posted on May 15, 2013 in Bergamo | 0 comments

Castello di San Vigilio: in the hills that surround Bergamo

Castello di San Vigilio: in the hills that surround Bergamo

It is not well known to the majority, but an ancient Castle is nestled in the hills that surround Bergamo, and is called Castello di San Vigilio. It is placed on the top of the hill to 500 meters in height and it dominates the landscape around. It shows a glimpse of Val Brembana and it offers a wide view of the Orobie Alps chain. It was built in order to safeguard and to control the territory. The first fortification dates back the VI century and in the IX century some clergymen built a small chappel there, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. Then, in 1166, the Bergamo municipality decided to build a fortress in that very place and in 1335 it was further enlarged in 1335 by The Visconti of Milan. Under the Dominion of the Republic of Venice, during the 15th century, the castle took on the shape and the sizes that still has and, thanks to construction of the Venetian Walls the building it has become an...

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Posted on Jun 25, 2013 in Bergamo | 0 comments

Discovering the most important monuments of Bergamo city

Discovering the most important monuments of Bergamo city

Bergamo city hosts many museums: the museum of modern art and the historical botanical garden, but there are a lot of open air museums that deserve to be known, visited and photographed. Starting from the Lower City, on the principal avenue called Papa Giovanni XXIII, the Propilaea of Porta Nuova are clearly visible. They are two twin buildings used as a monumental gate built in 1837 in Classical style. A little further, going on to the Upper City, there is the avenue called Sentierone, a paved boulevard on which some wonderful monuments overlook. On one side there is the civic theater dedicated to Gaetano Donizetti, and next to it a fountain, depicting the composer, is put. The church of San Bartolomeo and Santo Stefano is close to the theater and it stores the Pala Martinengo, a wood panel painted by Lorenzo Lotto. On the other side the war memorial entitled to Partisans made by the artist from Bergamo Giacomo Manzù in the Twentieth century and the the high memorial...

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