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DISCOVER BERGAMO AS DESCRIBED BY MARTINA CAIRONI

BERGAMO/ Must See

1 Piazza Vecchia

2 Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

3 Cappella Colleoni

4 Accademia Carrara and GAMeC 

5 Mura Venete

6 Monastero di Astino

7 Torre Civica

8 Sentierone

9 Funicular Railway

10 Teatro Sociale

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Still very young and already a multiple champion. Martina Caironi took part in her first Paralympic Games in 2012, in London, conquering her first gold medal in the women’s 100 m T42. At Rio 2016, a second gold and a silver in the long jump. She gives her artificial limbs comical names and when she is not running she walks with her girlfriends along the “Corsarola” in Upper Bergamo or goes for an aperitif in Piazza Pontida, the heart of the city that has chosen her as Ambassador.

 

I LIKE BERGAMO BECAUSE
I like it because it’s home, quite simply. When I come back here, the first thing I do is to go to the Walls and look out towards the horizon lying before me. It’s a fantastic sensation that gives me peace! And then I love being up high and looking into the distance: I feel as if I have the world at my feet.

A MUST-SEE MASTERPIECE
I would say the whole of the Upper Town. It’s impossible to choose just one thing in this marvellous town, which has remained unspoilt despite the passage of centuries. I adore walking along the narrow medieval cobblestone streets lost in thought.

HIDDEN GEM
But if I tell you it, it won’t be secret anymore! All right then, I’ll reveal it, but not completely. I’ll try to keep a little bit of mystery. It’s a place that I call “the infinity” and it can be reached by continuing to climb beyond San Vigilio, until you arrive at the highest point. From there, the view is breath-taking and you can see the Val d’Astino with its splendid Monastery at its centre.

THE MUSEUM I’D VISIT 1.000 TIMES
No question, the Museum of Natural Science in Piazza della Cittadella! I went there often as a child and I was always very scared of the mammoth that’s in the atrium, which seemed huge to me. Then when I grew up, I realised that it isn’t so very gigantic: it was just that I was small!

THE PERFECT INSTAGRAM SHOT
I would say that the perfect photo is a selfie in front of the train station, with Via Papa Giovanni XXIII behind me, so that it takes in Porta Nuova and, in the distance, the profile of the upper town where the fine Porta di San Giacomo stands out. There’s everything: the heart of Lower Bergamo and the beauty of Upper Bergamo.

A WALK WITH FRIENDS
I very much like walking along the main street in Upper Bergamo, that the locals call the “Corsarola”. I take the funicular railway, which really is one of the experiences not to be missed, and I arrive in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe. From there, I begin walk, skirting Piazza Vecchia and casting quick glances at the many narrow streets that cross the main thoroughfare up until the road widens again on Colle Aperto.

BEST PLACE TO CATCH THE SUNSET
The most spectacular sunset can be seen along the Walls and, more precisely, where Porta San Giacomo overlooks the bend. From there you can see a very long way, and the setting sun seems to light everything up, creating magical colour effects.

TASTIEST DISH
Traditional “polenta and braised beef”. It’s not a light meal, but it’s certainly very, very tasty. And then, polenta is the dish we eat at family lunches on Sundays, so it also has a very significant sentimental value. A little secret: if we really want to overdo it, we combine it with a big plate of steaming casoncelli stuffed pasta!

BEST PIAZZA FOR A PRE-DINNER DRINK
Piazza Pontida, of course! It’s full of bars that are very inviting and always full of people, with good music and excellent nibbles. When the warm season arrives, it is even better: I love sitting at the tables on the pavement and enjoying my home town.

JOURNEY BACK TROUGH HISTORY
Walking around a city with such a long history as Bergamo has its advantages: you only need to pause for a moment and, starting from a monument, imagine the life of its inhabitants long ago. One place in particular that moves me is the wash-house in the Upper Town, a place for everyday life but decorated and built with art, and so I imagine the great grandmothers who went there to wash linen and gossip, if only it could still be used!

LOOK AT THE FUTURE
The University is the place where Bergamo looks towards the future. So I think of the facilities in the former Church of Sant’Agostino with its cloister and the magnificent assembly hall, but above all of the cultural melting pot that it provides due to its international university courses. Bergamo is full of young people, including foreigners, who come here to study, making the city livelier in every season.

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED
Based on my personal tastes, I would say the Bergamo Film Meeting. It’s a really significant event, with lots of films that I would not see otherwise. I have to say, however, that I’m a little undecided because I also love Bergamo Scienza, that each year invites Nobel Prize winners and many scientific figures. It uses an innovative and fun way of popularising science and providing information.

A GIANT OF THE PAST
Gaetano Donizetti, the famous composer from Bergamo, immediately springs to mind. Strolling along the streets in Upper Bergamo accompanied by the notes of his music is an unforgettable experience that I recommend to everyone.

A SOUVENIR
The first things that come to mind are the marionettes, Giopì and Margì, because they remind me of the puppet shows I saw when I was a little girl. But of course, the “polenta e oséì” cake is not at all bad as a souvenir of Bergamo, and what’s more it’s really delicious!

IF BERGAMO WERE A PIECE OF MUSIC…
In the city there are lots of places where excellent live music can be heard, you just have to take your pick. I really like reggae and there are two sound systems that are all the rage in Bergamo: Shantysound and I-trees; the singer Giulia Spallino, who has a great voice, is not to be missed!

TIPS FOR A TRIP OUT OF THE TOWN
Since I love the mountains, but I also like bathing in water, the spa town of San Pellegrino with its Art Nouveau baths is definitely a trip that I like to make. Then, being from Bergamo, I love walking: in the summer I really enjoy going to Val Vertova with its green pools where you can take a dip.

 

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“Where to see the most romantic sunset in Bergamo? Along the walls of the Upper Town. From there, the setting sun seems to light up everything.”
Martina Caironi
PARALYMPIC CHAMPION

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CULT CITY GALLERY/ THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF BERGAMO

Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo
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Funicular Railway, Bergamo
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Accademia Carrara and GAMeC, Bergamo
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Sentierone, Bergamo
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Monastero di Astino, Bergamo
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Mura Venete, Bergamo
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Torre Civica, Bergamo
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Teatro Sociale, Bergamo
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Cappella Colleoni, Bergamo
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Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
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