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.


Colleoni Chapel is must see sight

The Colleoni Chapel
One of the main sights that visitors to Bergamo must see is the Colleoni Chapel in Piazza Duomo in the Città Alta (upper town).
The elegant chapel (pictured) is the jewel in Bergamo’s crown and has been acclaimed as one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the whole of Lombardia.
It was built by order of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a captain under the Venetian republic, who wanted a fitting home for his own tomb.
He and his favourite daughter are buried there and the story is that the wealthy former soldier asked for his tomb to be positioned so that the sun illuminated it when it shone through the window.
The chapel was designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo and has been likened to a jewel box because of its ornately decorated marble facade.
It was built between 1472 and 1476 and designed to harmonise with the architecture of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Colleoni Chapel is one of the most picturesque sights in Bergamo and not to be missed by photographers.


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