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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Walking Along the Walls - Bergamo, Italy

A pleasant stroll to explore the Venetian Walled Circuit.

Length of the walking tour:  approximately 3 kilometres

- Path:  Porta S Agostino - Viale delle Mura - Colle Aperto - Via Boccola - Via alla porta

- S Lorenzo - Via della Fara - Porta S Agostino

Did you know that....?

....along Viale delle Mura, a few meters from Porta S Agostino, you can admire two gigantic vine topiaries, one swan-shaped and the other heart-shaped

....since 1887 the funicular connects the Lower Town (271 a,s,l) with the Upper Town (356 a.s,l)

The idea of connecting the two parts of Bergamo with this kind of transportation was originally intended to save the Upper Town from economic and geographic isolation, which occurred after the
development of the Lower Town.
A second funicular connects the Upper Town with S. Vigilio Hill (459 a.s.l), the starting point for relaxing strolls which lead to ancient roads and breathtaking glimpses of the panorama.

.....on the small plots of land surrounding the Walls,mostly in Borgo Canale area, the Sacrola dei Colli
di Bergamo ( a variety of endive) has been cultivated for centuries. 1961, Enrico panattoni, owner of "La Marianna" restaurant, created a gelato variety that would
become world famous.  Consisting of milk-based ice cream filled with fine, irregular chips of chocolate, this flavour was named after one of the most popular curses served at his restaurant. the corner of each gate, of some streets and at S.Viglio Funicular station, you can see marble headstones reading "sul livello del mare m.." (altitude above sea level

....columns and crosses were placed in the spots where churches had been demolished during the construction  of the Walls

....from the walls you can spot Kilometro Rosso and the ilab(Centro Ricercas e Innovazione itakcementi); designed by two-world famous architects; the former by Jean Nouvel and the latter by
Richard Meier.

Discover the lower Town using the binoculars placed along the walls.

Cycle or walk along the Moria Greenway (starting point in Via Baioni, in front of the civic number 19)

San Giovanni Embrasure, San Michele Embreaure and Fontana del Lantro are open from early Spring until late Summer. More info :  Comune di Bergamo /Turismo

The Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico di Bergamo "Lorenzo Rota") is open from March to October.

Discover all the details:

Sant' Agostino Park opens from 7.00 to 19.00   (October - March) and
                                            from 7.00 to 21.00  (April - September),
                                            with postponed closings from June to August, as different events take
                                            place in the park all summer long)

It is possible to visit the Castle and park of Viglio from 8.00 to 21.00 (April - September)  and
                                                                                 from 8.00 to 17.00 (October - March) to

S. Michele al Pozzo Bianco Church (via Porta Dipinta, 45) is open from 9.00 to 18.00 in Spring-Summer, and from 9.00 to 17.00 in Autumn - Winter

S. Grata monastery (via Arena, 24) opens on Sunday and public holidays, from 15.30 to 17.00

Opening Times may vary


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