Bergamo is a fascinating city, which captures visitors with the unique beauty of its old town, Bergamo Alta, and its imposing border walls, and for the bustling atmosphere of the centre, Bergamo Bassa, the beating heart of local life, thanks to its boutiques, theatres and alfresco cafés.
There are myriad artistic itineraries available to discover its architectural highlights, museums and exhibitions, which bring the city’s cultural calendar to life. We will be happy to advise you on the best itinerary for your interests and available time as you visit our breathtaking capital.
The Suardi Chapel is perhaps the most precious “jewel” in Valcavallina. Here, guests can admire the incredible frescoes of Lorenzo Lotto, who recounts the stories of the martyrs Santa Barbara and Santa Brigida in a perfectly preserved work that richly refers to the local life at the time of its painting, including the ancient Terme di Trescore spa. Hotel Guests can avail themselves of special rates for guided tours.
[Ph. Archivio Pro Loco Trescore Balneario]
Imposing and mysterious, Bianzano Castle overlooks the Lago di Endine, offering resplendent vistas. The place retains ancient secrets linked to the imagery of the Templars, not to mentions its status as the favoured manor home of the Suardi family, before they gave it to the Sforza family as a wedding gift. The appeal of the castle lies in the mysteries to be discovered, though a number of these have been uncovered and can be explored during a guided tour. Every three years, Bianzano Castle also hosts the “Alla Corte dei Suardo” historical re-enactment. This date is not to be missed, thanks to the expert recreation of the Medieval atmosphere, and the various craft and culinary offerings from local artisans which bring the torch-lit streets to life.
SOTTO IL MONTE GIOVANNI XXIII
This well-known pilgrimage site houses the birthplace of Angelo Roncalli, who occupied the papal throne as Pope John XXIII. The building’s rooms have been kept intact, so one can view the desk on which the Good Pope began to write “Journal of a Soul”, while rooms filled with the votive candle tributes of global pilgrims in exchange for grace can be seen in the rooms next to the seminary’s church.