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Bergamo ( Français: Bergame, Spanish: Bérgamo, Deutsch: Bergamo, Русский: Бергамо) - (The) city in Italy, situated in Lombardy region. According to the latest census, the city population is 113143. Geographical coordinates of Bergamo (WGS84): latitude: 45° 41' 53" N ( 45.698 ), longitude: 9° 40' 8" E ( 9.669 ).

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Bèrghem  (Lombard)
Città di Bergamo
The skyline of the old fortified upper city
The skyline of the old fortified upper city
Flag of Bergamo
Coat of arms of Bergamo
Coat of arms
Città dei Mille ("City of the Thousand")
Map of the old walled upper city of Bergamo
Map of the old walled upper city of Bergamo
Location of Bergamo
Bergamo is located in Italy
Location of Bergamo in Lombardy
Bergamo is located in Lombardy
Bergamo (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°41′42″N 9°40′12″E / 45.69500°N 9.67000°E / 45.69500; 9.67000
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Province of Bergamo (BG)
 • Mayor Giorgio Gori (PD)
 • Total 40.16 km (15.51 sq mi)
485 m (1,591 ft)
 • Total 120,923
 • Density 3,000/km (7,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bergamasque
Bergamaschi (Italian)
Bergamàsch (Eastern Lombard)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code (+39) 035
Website www.comune.bergamo.it Edit this at Wikidata
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Criteria Cultural: iii, iv
Reference 1533
Inscription 2017 (41st Session)
Area 378.37 ha
Fortified Upper City of Bergamo
Native name Città Alta di Bergamo
Porta San Giacomo
Location Bergamo, Natural Park of Bergamo Hills  Lombardy  Italy
Area Bergamo, Lombardy, Northern Italy
Built 1561–1588
Governing body Flag of Most Serene Republic of Venice.svg Republic of Venice
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv
Designated 2017 (41 Session)
Part of Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar
Reference no. 1533
Region Europe and North America
Parco regionale dei Colli di Bergamo
Regional Park of the Bergamo Hills
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Bergamo - panoramio - Qwesy.jpg
San Vigilio Hill from Città Alta
Location  Lombardy, Bergamo
Area 11,613 acres (47.00 km)
Established 1977 (1977)
Governing body Parco dei Colli di Bergamo, Regione Lombardia
Website http://parcocollibergamo.it/ITA/Home.asp

Bergamo (/ˈbɜːrɡəm/, also UK: /ˈbɛər-/;Italian: [ˈbɛrɡamo] (About this soundlisten); Eastern Lombard: Bèrghem [ˈbɛrɡɛm] (About this soundlisten); Latin: Bergŏmum) is a city in the alpine Lombardy region of northern Italy, approximately 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Milan, and approximately 30 km (19 mi) from Switzerland, the alpine lakes Como and Iseo, and 70 km (43 mi) from Garda and Maggiore. The Bergamo Alps (Alpi Orobie) begin immediately north of the city.

With a population of approximately 120,000, Bergamo is the fourth-largest city in Lombardy. Bergamo is the seat of the Province of Bergamo. The metropolitan area of Bergamo extends beyond the administrative city limits, spanning over a densely urbanized area with slightly fewer than 500,000 inhabitants. The Bergamo metropolitan area is part of the broader Milan metropolitan area, home to more than eight million people.

The city of Bergamo is composed of an old walled core, known as Città Alta ("Upper Town"), nestled within a system of hills constituting a regional park, and the modern expansion in the plains below. The upper town is encircled by massive Venetian defensive systems that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 9 July 2017.

Bergamo is well connected to several cities in Italy, thanks to the motorway A4 stretching on the axis between Turin, Milan, Verona, Venice, and Trieste. The city is served by Il Caravaggio International Airport, the third-busiest airport in Italy with 12.3 million passengers in 2017. Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan.

The Città Alta


Historical affiliations
Orobii II millennium BC

Celtic Cenomani 550 BC
Consul et lictores.png Roman Republic 200–27 BC
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Roman Empire 27 BC–285 AD
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Western Roman Empire 285–402
Visigoths invasion 402
Kingdom of Odoacer 402–440
Huns and Herules invasion 440
Ostrogothic Kingdom 440–553
Simple Labarum.svg Eastern Roman Empire 553–569
Corona ferrea monza (heraldry).svg Lombard Kingdom 569–774
Charlemagne autograph.svg Carolingian Empire 774–1098
Shield and Coat of Arms of the Holy Roman Emperor (c.1200-c.1300).svg Bergamo Libero Comune 1098–1331
Wappen Königreich Böhmen.png Kingdom of Bohemia 1331–1332
Flag of the Duchy of Milan (1450).svg Duchy of Milan 1332–1407
Blasone Malatesta.svg House of Malatesta dependent on Flag of the Papal States (1825-1870).svg State of the Church 1407–1428
Flag of Most Serene Republic of Venice.svg Republic of Venice 1428–1796
Flag of France.svg Republic of Bergamo and Flag of the Repubblica Cisalpina.svg Cisalpine Republic dependent on French Republic 1796–1797
Flag of France.svg First French Empire 1807–1815
Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.svg Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) 1807–1815
Flag of the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia.svg Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia dependent on Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Austrian Empire 1815–1859
BERGAMO.png Expedition of the Thousand 1860
Flag of Italy (1861–1946).svg Kingdom of Italy 1861–1946

Flag of Italy.svg Italian Republic 1946–present


Bergamo occupies the site of the ancient town of Bergomum, founded as a settlement by the Celtic tribe of Cenomani. In 49 BC it became a Roman municipality, containing c. 10,000 inhabitants at its peak. An important hub on the military road between Friuli and Raetia, it was destroyed by Attila in the 5th century.

Middle Ages

From the 6th century Bergamo was the seat of one of the most important Lombard duchies of northern Italy, together with Brescia, Trento, and Cividale del Friuli: its first Lombard duke was Wallaris.

After the conquest of the Lombard Kingdom by Charlemagne, it became the seat of a county under one Auteramus (d. 816). An important Lombardic hoard dating from the 6th to 7th centuries was found in the vicinity of the city in the 19th century and is now in the British Museum.

From the 11th century onwards, Bergamo was an independent commune, taking part in the Lombard League which defeated Frederick I Barbarossa in 1165. The local Guelph and Ghibelline factions were the Colleoni and Suardi, respectively.

Feuding between the two initially caused the family of Omodeo Tasso to flee north c. 1250, but he returned to Bergamo in the later 13th century to organize the city's couriers: this would eventually lead to the Imperial Thurn und Taxis dynasty generally credited with organizing the first modern postal service.

Early modern

After a short period under the House of Malatesta starting from 1407, Bergamo was ceded in 1428 by the Duchy of Milan to the Republic of Venice in the context of the Wars in Lombardy and the aftermath of the 1427 Battle of Maclodio.

Despite the brief interlude granted by the Treaty of Lodi in 1454, the uneasy balance of power among the Northern Italian states precipitated the Italian Wars, a series of conflicts from 1494 to 1559 that involved, at various times, also the Papal States, France, and the Holy Roman Empire.

The wars, which were both a result and cause of Venetian involvement in the power politics of mainland Italy, prompted Venice to assert its direct rule over its mainland domains.

As much of the fighting during the Italian Wars took place during sieges, increasing levels of fortification were adopted, using such new developments as detached bastions that could withstand sustained artillery fire.

The Treaty of Campo Formio (17 October 1797) formally recognized the inclusion of Bergamo and other parts of Northern Italy into the Cisalpine Republic, a "sister republic" of the French First Republic that was superseded in 1802 by the short-lived Napoleonic Italian Republic and in 1805 by the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.

Late modern and contemporary

The 1815 Congress of Vienna assigned Bergamo to the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, a crown land of the Austrian Empire. The visit of Emperor Ferdinand I in 1838 coincided with the opening of the new boulevard stretching into the plains, leading to the railway station that was inaugurated in 1857.

The Bergamasques welcomed Austrian rule at first , but later challenged it in Italian independentist insurrections in 1848.

Giuseppe Garibaldi conquered Bergamo in 1859, during the Second Italian War of Independence. As a result the city became part of the newly-proclaimed Kingdom of Italy founded in 1861.

Due to its contribution to the Italian unification movement, Bergamo has become known as Città dei Mille ("City of the Thousand"), because a significant part of the rank-and-file supporting Giuseppe Garibaldi in his 1860 Expedition of the Thousand against the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies came from Bergamo and its environs.

Bergamo Upper Town and Alpi Orobie from the airport

During the twentieth century, Bergamo became one of Italy's most industrialized areas.

In 1907 Marcello Piacentini devised a new urban master plan that was implemented between 1912 and 1927, in a style reminiscent of Novecento Italiano and Modernist Rationalism.

The 2017 43rd G7 summit on agriculture took place in Bergamo, in the context of the broader international meeting organized in Taormina (Sicily). The "Charter of Bergamo", an international commitment signed during the summit, aims to reduce hunger worldwide by 2030, strengthen cooperation for agricultural development in Africa, and ensure price transparency.




Lower City seen from Upper City

Walled city scheme

The town has two centres: Città alta ("upper city"), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 16th-century defensive walls, and the Città bassa ("lower city"). The two parts of the town are connected by funicular, roads, and footpaths.

Upper city

The Upper City

The Angelo Maj library

The upper city, surrounded by Venetian walls built in the 16th century, forms the historic centre of Bergamo. Notable buildings within the upper city include:

  • Cittadella (Citadel), built under the rule of the Visconti in the mid-14th century.
  • Piazza Vecchia
  • Palazzo della Ragione. This was the seat of the administration of the city in the medieval municipal period. Built in the 12th century, it was revamped in the late 16th century by Pietro Isabello. The façade has the Lion of Saint Mark over a mullioned window, testifying to the long period of Venetian rule. The atrium has a well-preserved 18th-century sundial.
  • Palazzo Nuovo (Biblioteca Civica Angelo Mai). It was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi in the early 17th century and completed in 1928.
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. It was built from 1137 on the site of a previous religious edifice of the 7th century. Construction continued until the 15th century. Of this first building the external Romanesque structure and the Greek cross plan remain. The interior was extensively modified in the 16th and 17th centuries. Noteworthy are the great Crucifix and the tomb of Gaetano Donizetti.
  • Cappella Colleoni, annexed to Santa Maria Maggiore, is a masterwork of Renaissance architecture and decorative art. It contains the tomb of Bartolomeo Colleoni.
  • Battistero (Baptistry), an elegant octagonal building dating from 1340.
  • Bergamo Cathedral. It was built in the late 17th century with later modifications.
  • Rocca. It was begun in 1331 on the hill of Sant'Eufemia by William of Castelbarco, vicar of John of Bohemia, and later completed by Azzone Visconti. A wider citadel was added, but is now partly lost.
  • San Michele al Pozzo Bianco. Built in the 12th century, this church contains several frescoes from the 12th to the 16th centuries, including paintings by Lorenzo Lotto.
  • Museo Civico Archeologico. It is housed in the Cittadella.
  • Museo di Scienze Naturali Enrico Caffi. It is housed in the Cittadella.
  • Orto Botanico di Bergamo "Lorenzo Rota" (botanical garden).

Lower city

Bergamo Upper City, Lower City and Bergamo Hills

The lower city is the modern centre of Bergamo. At the end of the 19th century Città Bassa was composed of residential neighborhoods built along the main roads that linked Bergamo to the other cities of Lombardy. The main boroughs were Borgo Palazzo along the road to Brescia, Borgo San Leonardo along the road to Milan and Borgo Santa Caterina along the road to Serio Valley. The city rapidly expanded during the 20th century. In the first decades, the municipality erected major buildings like the new courthouse and various administrative offices in the lower part of Bergamo in order to create a new center of the city. After World War II many residential buildings were constructed in the lower part of the city which are now divided into twenty-five neighborhoods:

Neighborhoods of Bergamo

Boccaleone, Borgo Palazzo, Borgo Santa Caterina, Campagnola, Carnovali, Celadina, Centro-Papa Giovanni XXIII, Centro-Pignolo, Centro-Sant'Alessandro, Città Alta, Colli, Colognola, Conca Fiorita, Grumello del Piano, Longuelo, Loreto, Malpensata, Monterosso, Redona, San Paolo, San Tomaso de' Calvi, Santa Lucia, Valtesse-San Colombano, Valverde con Valtesse-Sant'Antonio, Villaggio degli Sposi

The most relevant sites are:

  • Accademia Carrara
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art).



In 2010, there were 119,551 people residing in Bergamo (in which the greater area has about 500 000 inhabitants), located in the province of Bergamo, Lombardia, of whom 46.6% were male and 53.4% were female. Minors (children ages 18 and younger) totalled 16.79 percent of the population compared to pensioners who number 23.61 percent. This compares with the Italian average of 17.88 percent (minors) and 20.29 percent (pensioners).

The average age of Bergamo residents is 45 compared to the Italian average of 43. In the eight years between 2002 and 2010, the population of Bergamo grew by 5.41 percent, while Italy as a whole grew by 5.77 percent.


Bergamo is situated in Lombardy, Italy's northern region where about a quarter of the country's GDP is produced.

Nowadays, the city has an advanced tertiary economy focussed on banking, retail, and services associated to the industrial sector of its province. Corporations and firms linked to the area include UBI banking group, Brembo (braking systems), Tenaris (steel), ABB (power and automation technology), S. Pellegrino (beverage company based in San Pellegrino Terme), Italcementi (cement and concrete) and Riva-Ferretti (yachts and luxury ships based in Sarnico).

Bergamo produces the Denominazione di origine controllata wines Moscato di Scanzo and Valcalepio.


Notable natives

Bergamo was the hometown and last resting place of Enrico Rastelli, a highly technical and world-famous juggler who lived in the town and, in 1931, died there at the early age of 34. There is a life-sized statue of Rastelli within his mausoleum. A number of painters were active in the town as well; among these were Giovanni Paolo Cavagna, Francesco Zucco, and Enea Salmeggia, each of whom painted works for the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Sculptor Giacomo Manzù and the bass-baritone opera singer Alex Esposito were born in Bergamo.

The American electrical engineer and professor Andrew Viterbi, inventor of Viterbi's algorithm, was born in Bergamo, before migrating to the US during the Fascist era because of his Jewish origins. Designers born in Bergamo include the late Mariuccia Mandelli, the founder of Krizia and one of the first female fashion designers to create a successful line of men's wear.


  • Bergamo's football team is Atalanta who play in the top level Serie A at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
  • The city has a women's volleyball team named Foppapedretti Bergamo.
  • The city is also home to the Bergamo Lions American football team, one of the most successful in European Football League history, winning multiple Eurobowls.




Bergamo is served by Il Caravaggio International Airport 5 km (3 mi) south-east of the town. The city is also served by Milan Linate Airport 50 km (31 mi) south-west of Bergamo.


Motorway A4 is the main axis connecting the city with the east and the west of the country, to cities such as Milan, Turin, Venice and Trieste.


Bergamo railway station is connected to Milan, Lecco, Cremona, Treviglio, Brescia and Monza with regional trains operated by Trenord.The city is also served by two daily Frecciargento services to Rome operated by Trenitalia.

Urban transport

Transport within Bergamo is managed by ATB and includes a network of bus lines together with two funicular systems opened in 1887 ("Funicolare di Bergamo Alta") and in 1912 ("Funicolare di Bergamo San Vigilio"). The Bergamo–Albino light rail was inaugurated in 2009.

Two light rail lines are currently in the planning stage:

  • Line 2 Bergamo FS - Villa d'Almè - San Pellegrino Terme
  • Line 3 Hospital-Railway Station FS-Trade Fair - Bergamo Airport

International relations

Twin towns − sister cities

Bergamo is twinned with:

  • United States Greenville, United States, since 1985
  • United States Pueblo, United States
  • France Mulhouse, France, since 1989
  • Russia Tver', Russia, since 1989
  • China Bengbu, People's Republic of China, since 1988
  • Bolivia Cochabamba, Bolivia, since 2008
  • Poland Olkusz, Poland, since 2009

Bergamo has a partnership with:


Bergamo is home to the following consulates:

Notable people

  • Giovanni Michele Alberto da Carrara
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Giacomo Manzù
  • Lorenzo Lotto
  • Andrea Previtali
  • Pietro Locatelli
  • Matteo Guerinoni
  • Gianandrea Gavazzeni

See also

  • Lombardy
  • San Benedetto, Bergamo
  • San Bernardino in Pignolo, Bergamo


  1. ^ Historical German: Welschbergen or Wälsch-Bergen, from the common Germanic *berg + *heim, "mountain home".
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