Venerdi Santo (Good Friday) is a day for prayer in Italy.
It is not a Bank Holiday and the shops, bars and restaurants still open as normal, but many people visit a church during the day or attend one of the services.
One of the most important and beautiful churches in Bergamo is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (pictured) in Piazza Duomo in the Città Alta (upper town).
The basilica was built in the twelfth century in the shape of a Greek cross but was modified between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. It has a sumptuously decorated interior rich with works of art and also houses the tomb of composer Gaetano Donizetti.
For the times of services at the basilica over Easter check with the tourism office in Via Gombito.
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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.