Bergamo’s beautiful upper town, the Città Alta (pictured above), is a magical place well worth visiting. Use this website to help you plan your trip to Bergamo in Northern Italy and find your way to some of the other lovely towns and villages in Lombardia that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Modern hotel in medieval setting

The 12th century Gombito Tower
seen from Piazza Vecchia
You can have the best of both worlds while visiting Bergamo by choosing to stay in an ultra modern hotel within the 16th century walls of the Città Alta (upper town).
GombitHotel in Via Mario Lupo is next to the 12th century Gombito Tower right in the heart of the oldest part of the medieval city, only a few metres' walk away from Piazza Vecchia.
But despite its stone facade, GombitHotel has a bright modern decor and is furnished in contemporary style with modern furniture and works of art.
This 'design' hotel has 13 rooms on four floors all with air conditioning, minibar, satellite television and free wi fi.

See booking details at Hotels.com

Via Mario Lupo is off Via Gombito at the point where the Torre di Gombito rises high above the street.
Nowadays the tower houses the tourist information office on its ground floor where you can get free maps and leaflets and ask for help and advice.
The tower is believed to have had Roman origins before being rebuilt in the 12th century in its present form. It was modified centuries ago to become a shop, which later caused it to become unstable.
In 1848 local people assembled in the Torre di Gombito to rise up against the Austrians who ruled Bergamo at the time.Towards the end of the 19th century restoration work was carried out to make safe and preserve the tower.

Book a room at GombitHotel with Venere.com

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