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Bergamo is famous for its two funiculars.
One runs up to Citta Alta from Citta Bassa, and the other runs from Citta Alta up to San Vigilio.
The Citta Alta funicular made its first journey in 1887, The track is 230m long, with a gradient of 52%. There are two coaches, each of which can hold 50 people (that number would be very squashed, I think!).
The San Vigilio funicular opened in 1912. It has just one coach (holding 55 people) on a longer, less steep track of 630m with a gradient of 22%. This funicular closed in 1976, but was restored and re-opened in 1991. The writer Herman Hesse used this funicular (apparently this fact is an important one to note).
The Citta Alta funicular is an important bit of public transport for local people, so starts earlier and runs later into the evening than the S Vigilio one, which is mostly for visitors. You can find timetables on the ATB site below, which has a very good English language version..
Both funiculars are covered by the one or three-day tickets which also cover all urban bus routes.
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