|Via XX Settembre. San Spasimo is |
halfway down, on the left
A pre-Christmas tradition for children in Bergamo is to visit the Church of San Spasimo in the Città Bassa (lower town) with letters saying what they would like to receive for Christmas.
The Church of San Spasimo is appropriately in Via XX Settembre, at the hub of the shopping area.
It is also known locally as the church of Santa Lucia because on 13 December, the saint’s feast day, the children lay their letters at the foot of the saint’s altar with their Christmas wish lists.
According to tradition, Santa Lucia comes down from the sky with a cart and a donkey and distributes the gifts to all the children who have been good, while all the naughty children receive only a piece of coal.