12 Facts About Bergamo


City of Bergamo is composed of an old walled core, known as Citta Alta, nestled within a system of hills, and the modern expansion in the plains below.

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Bergamo is well connected to several cities in Italy, thanks to the motorway A4 stretching on the axis between Milan, Verona, and Venice.

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Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan.

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Bergamo occupies the site of the ancient town of Bergomum, founded as a settlement of the Celtic tribe of Cenomani.

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At the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Bergamo was assigned to the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, a crown land of the Austrian Empire.

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Average age of Bergamo residents is 45 compared to the Italian average of 43.

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Bergamo is situated in Lombardy, Italy's northern region where about a quarter of the country's GDP is produced.

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Bergamo's considered one of the most important composers of all time, best known for his almost 70 operas.

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Bergamo was the hometown and last resting place of Enrico Rastelli, a highly technical and world-famous juggler who lived in the town and, in 1931, died there at the early age of 34.

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American electrical engineer and professor Andrew Viterbi, inventor of Viterbi's algorithm, was born in Bergamo, before migrating to the US during the Fascist era because of his Jewish origins.

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Designers born in Bergamo include the late Mariuccia Mandelli, the founder of Krizia and one of the first female fashion designers to create a successful line of men's wear.

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Transport within Bergamo is managed by ATB and includes a network of bus lines together with two funicular systems opened in 1887 and in 1912 .

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