Bergamo preserves all its beauty in an ancient history which is well preserved in the walls and the buildings on show in the town. Just walk from the low part to the higher part and discover centuries of history and tradition. The town of Bergamo is divided into two parts; High Bergamo, the old town on the hills surrounded by ancient walls and Low Bergamo in the valley underneath.
Our visit starts from here where the Accademia Carrara is placed to go up to the highest part of the town. The Accademia hosts one of the major art gallery in Italy. Strolling along via Pignolo it is already possible to glimpse the sober buildings adting back to the sixteenth century, in which there are on show quiet and elegant courtyards. Walking on, we find the church of Sant'Alessandro della Croce, which boasts an altar frontal engraved by Fantoni, the church of San Bernardino, hiding a precious altar piece by Lotto, and in via Tasso, the church of Santo Spirito dating back to the thirteenth century.
After a break in one of the many tasty restaurants, among which the renowned Vittorio, going towards Piazza Matteotti it is possible to admire the suggestive Largo Porta Nuova, caved in the od walls of the town.
Parallel to the Square runs the Sentierone,one of the favourite stroll of the Bergamaschi. It is a large street which links the western part of the town to the eastern one, where to find the baroque church of San Bartolomeo, which holds inside the “Pala Martinengo”, a famous altar piece. in the close via Sant'Alessandro we find the church of Sant'Aessandro in Colonna, dating back to the VI century, containing artworks by Lotto, Bassano and Romanino.
Continuing on via Donizetti, passing the Huse of the Arciprete, we get closer to the old town of Bergamo, with Piazza Vecchia and Piazza del Duomo. Elegant as much as asymmetric, the square hosts the Duomo of Bergamo, for whose completion the works took more than four centuries.