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.


Bergamo remembers popular Pope John

There will be prayers today in Bergamo and throughout the world to mark the anniversary of the death of Pope John XXIII.
The popular Pope John was born Angelo Roncalli, the third of 13 children, to a farming family at Sotto il Monte, 16 kilometres south west of Bergamo.
He was educated in Bergamo before going on to study theology in Rome.
He was ordained in 1904 and was an army chaplain during the first World War. He later became Cardinal Patriarch of Venice and was elected pope in 1958.
Pope John opened a hostel for students in Bergamo and wrote a multi volume work on the episcopal visitation of Bergamo by Saint Charles Borromeo.
During his years as pope he advanced ecumenical relations by creating a new secretariat for promoting Christian unity. He died on 3 June, 1963.
One of the main streets in Bergamo’s Città Bassa (lower town) is named after him. Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII leads from the station to Porta Nuova.
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000.


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