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 out-and-out fortress.
Tunnels were even dug that were in communication with the castle walls. Today, some of the underground remainings can be visited by appointment. A group of speleologists allows people to see the gunboats and the internal steps dug 500 years ago.
Inside the castle were built the quarters, some tanks for drinking water and the home of the castellano, now an area dedicated to visitors.
Thanks to the recovery implemented by the city, you can visit the whole Castle and its Park. Visiting hours: April to September from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., March and October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from November to February, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The castello di San Vigilio is in the territory of Parco dei Colli di Bergamo, a natural park which surrounds this piece of history.