‘Exploration is the real essence of human spirit.’ Quote by Frank Borman, ex-Nasa astronaut
Any trip offers the opportunity to explore a land, visit its ancient buildings, enjoy its local products, admire its scenic landscapes and learn its local customs. Any trip is a chance to meet people, a moment of growth, a way to discover the cuisine, the traditions, the art and the culture that characterize a place and the people who live there. Any traveller already knows that, on the way back, he or she will have a bunch of memories and experiences to tell everyone.
But when it comes to organizing a trip, it is helpful to rely on locals’ advice and guidance. Some practical tips on the destination we have chosen to visit are always welcome. So, people coming to Bergamo may find our suggestions useful in order to explore the province of Bergamo and enjoy all its historic landmarks.
Here are ten things to see in the province of Bergamo:
– Crespi d’Adda: a working village that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Built at the end of the nineteenth century and perfectly preserved, this agglomeration of factories and little houses makes visitors go back to the past.
– San Pellegrino Terme: this enchanting place is well-known for its thermal baths, the Casino and the art nouveau Grand Hotel. In the past, it was a long-awaited destination among members of the European aristocracy, and today its peaceful atmosphere keeps on fascinating countless tourists.
– Castle of Malpaga: in the second half of the fifteenth century, the famous condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni decided to acquire this castle to turn into an impregnable fortress and a residence that is in no way inferior to the princely courts. The castle is open to the public all the year round.
– Caravaggio: this is where the parents of the painter Michelangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, were born. It is also a place of worship and a pilgrimage destination thanks to the presence of the Madonna di Caravaggio Sanctuary, where, according to the tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant.
– Sotto il Monte: this is the birthplace of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the man who became Pope John XXIII. Here you can visit the museum dedicated to him and see the childhood places that marked the ‘Good Pope’’s life.
– Gromo: in medieval times, craftsmanship and ironworking were the most profitable activities of this village set in the mountains. Ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts and for those who love being in nature.
– Lovere: a village of Celtic origins considered a small tourist jewel. It offers a wealth of activities including excursions on the Iseo Lake and the visit of the famous Accademia Tadini picture gallery. A walk on the beautiful lakefront will give you moments of pure relaxation.
– Clusone: situated in the Seriana Valley, this town is well-known for the16th-century mechanical clock, which stands out on the tower of the Town Hall Palace. We suggest art lovers visit the Oratory of Disciplini which houses the famous frescoes of ‘Triumph of Death’.
– Tescore Balneariro: a famous town where with an ancient system of medieval fortifications and some splendid frescoes by Lorenzo Lotto which are kept inside Villa Suardi. Do not forget to visit the thermal baths!
– Sarnico: a beautiful holiday resort where to enjoy the Iseo Lake and a boat excursion to Montisola, which is currently the largest lake island in Europe. Sports enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy rowing, windsurfing and wakeboarding.
To discover the beauties of the province of Bergamo, we recommend that you consult Bergamo official tourism website: http://www.visitbergamo.net/en/