A BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The apartment consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living, a dining room and a kitchen. The largest bed room has a double bed and foldable bed for child; the smallest one has two bunk beds. The largest bathroom has a bathtub, the second one has a shower. The living room is connected with a terrace where you can eat. All bedrooms have wardrobes, chest of drawers and hangers. The corridor and the living room is equipped with lockers for clothes and blankets and shelves for books, videos and DVDs. From the terrace you can enjoy nice view of Città Alta (the Upper City) both during the day (especially at sunset) and at night when the churches and medieval buildings are all lit. From the garage, located in the second basement, you can go, by the elevator, to the forth floor and then reach the fifth floor by a short staircase. If the apartment is kept properly ventilated, it remains is quite cool, even in summer, and rarely the air conditioner is needed to be turned on.
The streets around the Triangle have lanes for pedestrians and, moreover, they are at limited traffic; therefore, they allow you to easily walk out with children both for walking in the vicinity either to reach the center and its 'movida', its bars, ice cream parlors, cinemas and shops. By bus you can easily reach the Città Alta and its walls, its monuments and its refined and famous restaurants.
Bergamo is at the same time, a beautiful medieval city, la Citta Alta (the Upper Town ) and a nice, but not frenzied, modern city, la Città Bassa (the Lower Town) whose center dates mainly from the last three centuries. You can quickly walk across the city by foot and this makes it very livable, because everything is close at hand: shops and department stores, cultural centers, cinemas, theaters and art galleries. Already from your first inquiry about the apartment will be sent by e-mail, two booklets entitled 'Useful numbers and places of interest in Bergamo' and 'Description of and instructions for use.' In the first booklet you can find maps of the center of Bergamo as well as of Città Alta and of the surrounding areas. In these maps, properly numbered, are shown the shops and trattorias in the vicinity of the apartment and the most interesting places of the city. In the second booklet, will be particularly useful the part relating to utilities (electricity, gas, water, telephone and wi-fi) because, if necessary, you will know how to intervene to return the light, a stop loss of water or the gas supply.
ACCESS TO BERGAMO
BY FREEWAY: along the A4 freeway there is only one output for Bergamo; after the toll booth you enter a roundabout where you will find 2 subsequent outputs for Bergamo center. Take the second one and go along Via dell'Autostrada until you pass under the railway embankment; at this point you are 300 meters from the apartment.
BY TRAIN: Bergamo Station is well connected with the city and the surrounding area with a good bus service and taxis.
Bergamo and its region too are well connected by railroad and freeway with many destinations: on the west with Milan and, from there, to the north with the region of the lakes and with Switzerland, to the west with Turin and France, to the south with Genoa and, finally, to the south-east with Bologna and central and southern Italy; moreover, on the east, Bergamo is connected with Brescia, Verona and, from there, to the north, with Brenner and Austria and, further to the east, with Venice and Trieste.
BY PLANE: you can arrive to Bergamo from the following airports: Milano-Malpensa (111 km, 1 h), Milano-Linate (50 km, 1 h) and Bergamo-Orio al Serio (10 km, 15 min).
I am a French woman who, after having had different job experiences, now has got a little firm which imports French barrels for Italian wine makers. I spent my childhood in Chatou, a nice little town in western suburbs of Paris.
Afterwards I lived, for a number of years, in Paris while studying at the University and then working as a film director assistant. At the age of thirty-four years I moved to Italy where I lived in Rome and then in Brisighella, a charming little village just North of Apennine Mountains not far from the Adriatic see. Over there my son was born and also began my interest for the world of wine and I had the chance to begin my present activity. Then I moved to Bergamo where I have lived for more than twenty years until I got married with an engineering professor who lived in Bologna where I moved and where I am still living. I often go to Bergamo with my husband to see my son, my three grandchildren and my old friends, but now my home is no longer in Bergamo, but, of course, in Bologna.
When I lived in Bergamo I desired to buy myself an apartment in the city. When I was shown this apartment I have been immediately conquered by its charm and I was attracted by its little the terrace on which it is possible to have meals looking at the hills where lies “Bergamo Alta”; moreover it had enough space for me and my son who was no more a child, but already a boy.
When my son got married and, soon after, I became a widow, I lived lonely in this apartment for a few years and I devoted myself to its furnishings, which gave me a pleasant diversion. I discovered how nice it is to live in an area so close to the city center and hence to shops, restaurants, concert halls and everything you may need. After some years I got remarried and now the apartment is often empty. This is why I decided to rent it for short stays, it allows me to meet new people and to save on costs.
The apartment is a part of a building whose shape is an equilateral triangle whose side is 70 mt (hence the name by which it is known in Bergamo) and contains a very large garden equipped for children with lawns and walkways with benches. It is a 10 minutes’ walk from the city's central square and the theatre Donizetti, 20 minutes from the station and just over a 5 minutes’ drive from the Città Alta and less than 5 minutes from the free-way entrance. From the terrace, where you can eat, you have a nice view of the Città Alta both during the day (especially at sunset) and by night when the churches and medieval buildings are all lit. Apart from the fact that I am very found of this apartment and I can’t imagine other people to disagree, I must admit that the building itself is very modern but from outside, to be sincere, it is not so attractive; but living inside is wonderful.
Bergamo is at a time a beautiful medieval city (the “Città Alta”, the Upper Town) and a nice, but not frenetic, modern city (the “Città Bassa”, the Lower City) whose centre dates back to the last centuries.
“La Città Alta” or, simply, “la Città” (i.e. the City, as opposed to the suburbs) is a medieval city surrounded by bastions built in the sixteenth century, during the Venetian domination, bastions which were added to the existing fortifications in order to make the city an impregnable fortress.
The most well known and visited part of the Upper Town is Piazza Vecchia (the Old Square) with its Contarini fountain, the Palazzo della Ragione (the Palace of Reason), the Torre civica (the Civic Tower) known as the Campanone (the Great Bell) that still strikes 100 times at 10 pm, which in the past announced the night closing of the gates of the Venetian walls. Opposite the Palazzo della Ragione, stands the imposing large white building of the Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace) which houses the Biblioteca (Library) Angelo Mai. On the South side of Piazza Vecchia are the Cathedral, the Colleoni Chapel, built by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo with memorials to Bartolomeo Colleoni and his daughter Medea, the Baptistery built by Giovanni da Campione and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore with its beautiful North and South side doors also designed by Giovanni da Campione. Inside this church there are the architectural traces of the various periods that have occurred since its construction. Noteworthy inlays depicting biblical scenes made of wood of various colors (whose designs are attributed to Lorenzo Lotto) and an impressive carved baroque confessional by Andrea Fantoni. The church houses the tomb of the composer Gaetano Donizetti. Via Colleoni, also known as Corsarola, connects Piazza Vecchia with Piazza della Cittadella and it is the heart of Citta Alta. In Piazza della Cittadella are the Archaeological Museum and the 'Caffi' Museum of Natural Sciences; not far away the Flantro fountain (located near the church of San Lorenzo) can be visited. Among other religious architectural structures it must remembered the church of San Michele al Pozzo Bianco, which maintains the frescoes with scenes from the life of Mary by Lorenzo Lotto (1525).
Città Alta, as well as hosting a botanical garden in Via Colle Aperto, it also hosts to the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures whose prestige is recognized at a European level.
To understand how much Città Alta is harmonious it can be remembered what the famous architect Le Corbusier said when, requested by the Municipality what to do to make the city even more beautiful, he gave the advise “non muovere pietra” (don’t move a single stone).
Bergamo Bassa, more often called Città Bassa, (Lower Town), was established by the development of several small villages located along the main roads which from the hills, brought to the plain. Because of this unique urban layout, the old city was simply called 'sità' (i.e. città, the city) and 'Borgh' (Borghi, vil-lages) was called the present Bergamo Bassa which is crossed by the river Morla for 8 kilometers.
In early 1900, the district that is now the center of Città Bassa was created (designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini) and the institutional buildings have been hosted in it. Adjacent to this area is the Sentierone, paved drive-way which, in past centuries, was the station of the horse-drawn carriages. Bergamo Bassa hosts the Municipality of the city, the Prefecture and the Province of Bergamo. The main street is viale Papa Giovanni XXIII (formerly Viale Roma), which goes from the railway station to Porta Nuova. On the Sentierone faces the main theater in the city, named after Gaetano Donizetti and owned by the Municipality. Again on the Sentierone faces the Church of San Bartolomeo and Santo Stefano which houses the table of Lorenzo Lotto called Pala Martinengo. An example of a complete fusion of painting and sculpture is the renovated Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary whose stuccos, dated 1752, are by Muzio Camuzio. In via Sant'Alessandro there is the sixteenth century Monastery of San Benedetto from Norcia, which is still home to an active monastic community. Even in the church of San Benedetto from Norcia there are stuccos by Muzio Camuzio which frame the frescoes by the painter Orelli. Also noteworthy is the monument to partisan Giacomo Manzù.
In the northern part of the Città Bassa is the Carrara Academy (founded in 1796 by Count Giacomo Carrara) in which permanent and non permanent art exhibitions take place. One of them, in the last times, was dedicated to the works of Lorenzo Lotto and had national resonance. Other museums are the Donizetti Museum, the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMeC), the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the History Museum, the Museum Matris Domini, the Archaeological Museum of Natural Sciences, the botanic Garden.
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