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What to do and see in Bergamo

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Bergamo, capital of the province, is divided into Upper and Lower Town: the first has preserved in the ancient streets its appearance of a medieval village, surrounded by walls built by the Venetians in the sixteenth century. The tourist attractions are located in the oldest part, including the two squares: one is the Old Square, the central point of the city where there is the medieval Palazzo della Ragione; the other, is the Piazza del Duomo, home to religious buildings like the Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and beside the Renaissance chapel of Colleoni. Not to miss are the Accademia Carrara, one of the main Italian art galleries and the Donizetti Theatre, dedicated to the most illustrious citizen of Bergamo, Gaetano Donizetti. In Bergamo Bassa predominates the Porta Nuova district, with its three main squares (Piazza Matteotti, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza Dante), which were all built in the first half of the twentieth century by Marcello Piacentini. In the rest of the province is recommended the visit to religious buildings in particular that of San Tomè, Romanesque jewel located in Almenno San Bartolomeo, the Santa Barbara church which houses an important cycle of frescoes by Lorenzo Lotto in Trescore Balneario. While among the civil buildings we note the Cavernago Castle, an imposing defensive transformed into a noble residence. Finally, do not miss the village of Crespi d’Adda in the end ‘800, reported by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and considered the best preserved “village of worker” of southern Europe.

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