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.


Covered staircase leads to salone

The Palazzo's covered staircase
An interesting architectural feature in the Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo’s Città Alta (upper town) is the covered staircase at the side of the Palazzo della Ragione. 
As was typical in Renaissance Italy, the staircase was built to enable visitors to access the salone superiore (main top floor room) of the palazzo from ground floor level. These days the salone is open to the public for exhibitions and other cultural events.
The staircase and the stone bridge that connects it to the palazzo were added to the original 12th century building in 1453.
Look out for the doorway under the staircase, which gives access to a small shop selling guidebooks, pictures and antiques.
A distinctive feature on the wall to the right, before you turn to walk up the stairs, is a set of stone gargoyles (pictured left) that were taken from a funeral monument in the former San Francesco convent.


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