The brilliant composer Gaetano Donizetti will be remembered by many people in Bergamo and around the world today on the anniversary of his death 162 years ago.
Donizetti died on 8 April 1848 in the gracious surroundings of the Palazzo Scotti in Bergamo, where he was staying as a guest. He is now acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of lyrical opera and was a major influence on Verdi, Puccini and the others who followed him.
Today the life of Donizetti can be studied at the Museo Donizettiano in Via Arena. The museum has librettos and scores. His most famous operas are Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’ Amore.
Opera lovers will marvel at his bed and chair, which are on display in the museum along with the portrait, pictured above. Check the museum's opening times with the Tourism Office in Via Gombito in the Città Alta.
A MAGICAL PLACE
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.