Venetian Walls of Bergamo

Bergamo, Italy

The Lombardian city of Bergamo is composed of two parts, Città Alta (Upper Town), built up on the hills, and the Città Bassa (Lower Town), which is a lively financial, industrial and administrative centre of national importance.

A milestone in the history of Bergamo was its incorporation into the Venetian State in 1428, which lasted for over three centuries and a half. The two parts of city are separated, both physically and symbolically, by the powerful Venetian Walls, which were built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the second half of the 16th century to defend the city, which was the farthermost centre on the Mainland, close to the border with Milan's territory.

The walls never underwent any siege. That is why they remained almost intact to the present day. The system consist of 14 bastions, 2 platforms, 100 embrasures for cannons, 2 armouries, four gates, not to mention the underground structures featuring sallies, passages and tunnels.




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Founded: 1561
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Paul Ciprian (17 months ago)
Wonderful views from here!
Neil Rands (2 years ago)
I've used Bergamo airport before but normally as a stopping point for other destinations, such as skiing near Milan or Turin. Having now spent 24 hours there I can thoroughly recommend. The city is actually two cities. The "Lower City" is more functional and yet is still with charm. The market is definitely worth a visit, with a range of foods and drinks! The "Upper City" is reached by bus or, more fun, by funicular (there's one on each side). If time/weather (and fitness!) allows, there is a route via steps. If travelling from the airport, a 24hr ticket actually includes all transport, including the funicular - great value. The Upper City is a walled enclave, protected by UNESCO, that has a number of excellent sights and restaurants, bars and shops.
Shona Collins (2 years ago)
UNBELIEVABLE VIEWS spent two days exploring the old city. Weather like the views was spectacular. Make sure you have comfy shoes on makes all the difference. Lots of places to eat and drink. Go up in the Finicular (both of them) and walk back down you won't be disappointed
Gaby Fe (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place. The città alta is gorgeous! I recommend the funicular ride to the top, it's not expensive (1.20€) and a good option to those that want to avoid climbing the stairs. If you are close by I really recommend you to visit it.
Adam McCalden (2 years ago)
Hidden gem of Italy. Well worth the visit, 10 mins on bus from Bergamo airport. The "cable car train" is included in a day ticket, well worth it and a walk along the walls. Would love to go back again
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