Bergamo is two towns in one – a high level, walled old town and a lower, modern town - connected
by funicular. There are tourist offices in both parts. This is an extremely pretty old town
and there is little traffic and the narrow lanes offer a pleasant place to wander.
Here you will find on offer many sights of interest and architecural beauty. In the lower town there is the famous Carrara Academy, art gallery, which is said to be one of
the best in Italy with pictures by Botticelli, Bellini, Mantegna and Fra Angelico. Nearby
is the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.
At the heart of the old town is the Piazza Vechia; a wide square with pavement cafes and a fountain,
surrounded by impressive medieval and renaissance buildings with a mixture of medieval and Renaisance architecture.
Visit the 12th Century church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The interior of the church has an octagonal
dome and rich Flemish tapestries. One of the church's most spectaular ornaments though is a 1705 wooden confesional,
carved by Andrea Fantoni. The tomb of the composer, Donizetti, is also in the church, whose operas include ‘Lucia
da Lammemoor’ and ‘Elisir D’Amore’.
Next door is the ‘fabulously ornate’ Colleoni Chapel, which includes a statue of Bartolomeo
Colleoni, a professional soldier, on a gold horse.
Not to be missed, is the weekly ”Naturalbergamo“
event in the lower town, held on a Saturday.
Wander down the Sentierone tree-lined avenue where you can purchase
a whole range of natural products from ornamental candles, to cosmetics, herbal teas and liqueurs, as well as organic produce.
may be a cliche, but Monza really does ooze history. The track is not what it was, but the place is amazing.
the world over as one of Formula One's greatest venues, with an ambience like no other race track in the world.
You really can feel the ghosts of races past in this autodrome that has held Grands
Prix for more than 60 years.
The concrete banking on which F1
cars raced in the 1950s is still in place and the track, in a protected park, looks very much like it always has.
The Monza track has been hosting F1 races for over 80 years and is the favorite
racing ground of Team Ferrari and the Italian spectators. Affectionately known as the "Cathedral of Speed"
and the "Magic Race Track", F1 cars routinely exceed speeds of 360 km/h. Watch Formula 1 at Monza is normally September every year and a 90 minute
drive from the apartment.
For more information or to buy tickets visit www.italy-grand-prix.com or www.formula1.com