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In any ancient settlement wandering the backstreets is likely to show you more clues to the past than the most popular routes. Bergamo is no exception.

Take some time to just explore the outlying streets of Citta Alta. As well as tower-house-spotting you will find past frescoes and sgraffito, now almost worn away and many very old buildings. I'm especially intrigued by buildings which are undergoing restoration or renovation where one can see evidence of the changes which have been made over preceding centuries.

There is a whole row of such buildings in a narrow alleyway just behind the Tempietto di Santa Croce (I could find no name for the alleyway). The external plasterwork had been removed, exposing existing windows inside blocked-up windows inside blocked-up windows, doorways inside blocked-up doorways inside Medieval stone archways....even a chimney (a Medieval bakery, perhaps?) now starting halfway up the building.

So take the time explore a little more and a little more widely. I think you will be fascinated by what you find. Evidence of the past is all around Citta Alta.

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  • Written Jun 18, 2011
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