Weekend in Bergamo: culture, relax and food.
There are a lot of good reasons to spend a weekend in Bergamo among realx, culture and tasty food, discovering this beautiful city settled on the hill.
A walk on the tiny road of the Upper City is undeniable. A walk for the pure pleasure to discover an urban scenic design built during the centuries, which has kept an unexpected melody among multiple styles, volumes and perspectives.
In the middle of this set, there is Piazza Vecchia, core of the city, quoted by the great architect Le Corbusier as “The most beautiful square in Europe”. Into the square there is the Fontana dei Contarini of the Eighteenth century and around it the Civic library, Palazzo della Regione, Palazzo del Podestà and the Civic Tower also called “Il Campanone” rise. Beyond the porch of Palazzo della Regione, you can arrive in Piazza Duomo in which there are the church of Sant’Alessandro, the basil of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Baptistery and the famous Colleoni Chapel.
It is worth to leave few steps from Piazza Vecchia to see the charming frescos by Lorenzo Lotto in the Church of San Michele al Pozzo Bianco in Via Porta Dipinta. And then the Church of Santa Eufemia, the Church of San Pancrazio of the Sixteenth century, the Fountain and the tower of Gombito, the little Church of San Rocco. From Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe you can get the Rocca, the highest place of the city from which you can anjoy a compelling view of the flat land and of the mountains.
Spending a weekend in Bergamo is an occasion to taste some typicl dishes that come from the coking of the Orobie: first dishes are “Casonsei” e “Scarpinocc de Parr”, named as Parre, the village the come from in Val Seriana. Second dishes are roasts, stews, fowl and good fishes cought into the Sebino lake.
Polenta is perfect with the typical food of Bergamo, classical or taragna (adding cheeses from alpine pasture) and these delicacy can be eaten drinking a glass of excellent Val Calepio DOC.
Last but not least “Polenta e Osei”, the most famous sweet speciality of Bergamo, made with sponge cake and chocolate, butter and nuts cream and a little of rum.
Before left, there is still time for shopping in one of the biggest Shopping Center in Italy, few steps from the airport of Orio al Serio. At Orio Center you can find more than 200 shops, from Calvin Klein to the Apple Store to the Disney Store for children.
Once left you will be happy to have spent a weekend in Bergamo, full of fascination and big emotions.