For centuries, the Piazza Vecchia in Città Alta was the linchpin of Bergamo's political power and is still the place where people meet and enjoy their free time. The piazza is overlooked by majestic and imposing buildings, arranged in a harmonious and perfect geometry, so much so that Le Corbusier said that "one cannot even touch a stone anymore, that would be a crime". Noteworthy are the Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason), which dates back to the end of 1100 and is the oldest existing Lombard municipal seat, and the city tower, called "il Campanone" (the Great Bell). In the center of Piazza Vecchia you can admire the Contarini Fountain, donated to the city in 1780 by Podestà Alvise Contarini. On the opposite side of the piazza is the Palazzo Nuovo, seat of the town hall until 1873 and today the Angelo Mai Library, which preserves a legacy of books from incunabula, 16th century prints, manuscripts and other priceless finds, making it one of the most important Libraries of Italy makes.
October 25, 2020
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!
Our Tour recommendations are based on thousands of activities completed by other people on komoot.