Bergamo is characterized by its peculiar division into two parts: the Upper City (Città Alta) and the Lower City (Città Bassa).The Upper City stands as a big fortress of the past: huge defensive walls protect it from the outside and are a stunning setting of the medieval city, where narrow and paved streets lead to the big Piazza Vecchia and to Piazza Duomo.
Palazzo Nuovo, Palazzo del Podesta`, the Civic Tower called “Campanone”, the Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Battistero (Baptistry), the Tempietto of Santa Croce and the beautiful Cappella Colleoni are collected almost in a magic circle.
The Lower City, on the other hand, has always represented the centre of activity and trade. The Lower City is built around Piazza Matteotti and Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Tourists will discover here, not only elegant shops with illuminated shop windows, cafes and workshops, food and wine and craft products, but also precious treasures of art, preserved in churches and palaces as well as in the numerous antique shops.
Bergamo has not forgotten his rural origins, its qualities of honesty and authenticity, has not abandoned its traditions, nor his colourful but almost incomprehensible dialect.
Bergamo is a unique town, the ideal destination for lovers of genuine and suggestive atmosphere and for those who are looking for art but in a town on a human scale, far from the noise and the crowded museums of bigger cities.