Chance for city to showcase rich artistic and musical heritage
As Bergamo cautiously reopens after the devastation caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the city has received a welcome boost from the Italian government.
The Chamber of Deputies has approved the candidature of Bergamo, jointly with Brescia, as Italian Capitals of Culture 2023.
|Bergamo's Teatro Donizetti|
This is being seen as a symbol of recovery by the two cities, who both suffered badly during the worst of the pandemic earlier this year.
Once the selection of Bergamo and Brescia is given the formal go-ahead by the Italian senate, the cities can begin drawing up plans to present to Italy’s ministry of culture.
What better setting could be found for a year of cultural events than the beautiful city of Bergamo with its rich history of artistic and musical achievement?
The city’s Accademia Carrara houses one of the richest private collections of art in Italy.
The Teatro Donizetti, named in honour of opera composer Gaetano Donizetti who was born in Bergamo, presents an enormous variety of operas, concerts, jazz and other cultural events each year.
The imposing walls, le Mura, built by the Venetians to enclose Bergamo’s upper town have been declared a Unesco World Heritage site.
|The Venetian walls surrounding the upper town.|
Piazza Vecchia, with its wealth of medieval architecture has been described as the most beautiful square in Italy.
And Cappella Colleoni in Piazza Duomo is said to be the finest Renaissance building in northern Italy, if not in the whole of Italy.
Bergamo’s capital of culture partner, Brescia, to the south east, is also a city of great artistic and architectural importance. Although it is the second city in Lombardia, after Milan, and has Roman remains and well-preserved Renaissance buildings, it is perhaps not as well-known to tourists as Bergamo.
Brescia became a Roman colony before the birth of Christ and you can still see remains from the forum, theatre and a temple.
|The beautiful Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo|
The town came under the protection of Venice in the 15th century and there is a distinct Venetian influence in the architecture of the Piazza della Loggia, an elegant square in the centre of the town.
The Santa Giulia Museo della Citta covers more than 3000 years of Brescia’s history, housed within the Benedictine Nunnery of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia in Via Musei. The nunnery was built over a Roman residential quarter, but some of the houses, with their original mosaics and frescos, have now been excavated and can be seen while looking round the museum.