La Città Alta – A Part of Bergamo Where You’d Find Spectacular Hilltop Medieval Town

The Fortress (Rocca) that was built in 14th century

Earlier I wrote about one of the most outstanding company towns in The Province of Bergamo, Crespi D’Adda.

Now, let’s explore the city of Bergamo itself, or a part of it (as Bergamo consists of the upper and lower city). Let’s talk about La Città Alta or the upper city.

The upper city of Bergamo is a very impressive example of hilltop medieval town in Italy that can be reached by either taking a bus or cable car. Many buildings and churches there were constructed long time ago back in the 12th to 17th century.

The city is covered by venetian wall with 6.2 km long. And at the upper city, there is a gorgeous and ancient medieval hilltop where you can go up and enjoy the breathtaking view of Bergamo from above.

The attractions of upper city include San Vigilio castle that’s now opened as  public garden for visitors to enjoy and also Rocca (The Fortress), which construction began in 14th century by the coming king John of Bohemia and then was finished by Visconti.

The Rocca (Fortress) was used for protection and defense. However, now it houses the museum of history opened for public. Bergamo Upper City also has the center of its old town, the Old Square including Palazzo della Ragione from the 12th century, considered as the heart of the upper city.

Furthermore, in addition to the castle and fortress, Bergamo Old Town in the upper part also includes important medieval churches, chapels and cathedral including:


  • The Cathedral of Bergamo – The main church of Bergamo that was built in late 17th century.
  • The Baptistery – built in the 14th century as baptismal church with a baptistery inside. However, the new baptistery was built in 19th century with Neo-Gothic style.
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – ancient church that had been constructed since 12th century but the construction finished in the 15th century.

  • Colleoni chapel – a chapel connected to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. This is one of the finest samples of renaissance architectural designs.

And below here you can see the example of beautiful view from Upper City

If you like it, this means when old towns are in your travel plan, you definitely have to visit La Città Alta 🙂

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