Social Events

Monday, October 20th, 2014 - 17:30/18:30

Welcome Reception, at the Congress Center Giovanni XXIII

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - 18:00

Guided tour of Città Alta.
The meeting point is in front of the Congress Center. A private bus will drive the participants to Città Alta.
The guided tour finishes around 19:30 in front of the restaurant "Colleoni".

The old city on the hills is surrounded by its majestic walls, built by the Venetians in the XVII century and it offers enchanted medieval and renascimental views to tourists. Palaces of noblemen, houses covered by frescos, monuments and squares together with narrow streets of medieval taste.

Piazza Vecchia (old square) with its municipal tower; the Town hall, siege of the citizen government from the Middle Age, and Dom’s square, art jewellery with the most important religious monuments of the city: the Dom dedicated to St. Alexander, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Colleoni’s Chapel, the funerary monument of the famous warlord of Bergamo and the Baptistery.

Along with the beautiful sight of the Venetian walls, built by the Venetians to defend the town from the enemies’ attacks, you go up to the Upper Town.

The tour goes around end amidst the narrow, medieval streets where you meet the remains and mementos of the all the men and women who have lived here over the centuries.

In Piazza Vecchia (the Old Square) you will see Palazzo della Ragione, ancient seat of the Town Hall; at the end of the square is “Palazzo Novo” today seat of the Public Library and in the middle of the square is the Contarini Fountain. 

Near the “Domus Suardorum”, seat of the venetian Podestà, is the civic Tower “Campanone”

In the Cathedral Square you can find the Battistero , the Colleoni’s Chapel with his splendid façade, the church of S. Maria Maggiore and, of course, the cathedral.

The guided tour will be organized by the Associazione Guide Interpreti Accompagnotori Turistici Bergamo.

The association of guides called AGIAT was born in 1993. It was born inside the Gruppo Archeologico Bergamasco (archaeological association of Bergamo). This was one of the first cultural associations with a popular aim which started in Bergamo in 1973; it has given lessons to schools of various kind and grade for decades, and then later opened to public with conferences, lectures, guided tours and trips. AGIAT guides, licensed for this job also in foreign languages as English, French, German and Spanish, will be pleased to welcome you and offer their long experience built up in tourism and teaching.

‘From the funicular platform I saw from the top, between me and the shaded down green plain, the skyline of the ancient Bergamo, haughty and compact, with its towers and domes, with its walls and rooves, secured by a slight slope…'

Herman Hesse

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - 19:30

Social Dinner, at the restaurant "Colleoni", Piazza Vecchia.

The restaurant is in a walking distance from the stop of the bus #1, which stops also in front of the Congress Center. Each participant will receive a bus ticket during the registration.

Colleoni dell'Angelo

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - 16:50/18:30

Farewell Party, at the Congress Center Giovanni XXIII

BergamoScienza Festival

During the first 2 weeks of October (October 3-19), Bergamo will host its major science festival: BergamoScienza.

BergamoScienza is a festival that aims to further public knowledge of science. The festival involves the entire city and offers a extraordinary program packed with free events. Since its inception in 2003, the goal has been to bring science "to the streets" and make it accessible to everyone, above all to young people and schools.
So many events make the Festival a journey of discovery, meetings of minds and emotions: conferences, roundtable discussions, interactive workshops, shows and much more make BergamoScienza one of the most anticipated events of the fall. Indeed, it takes place every year in the first two weeks of October, and features various initiatives that make it all the more special, such as the Science Bus, Science Shop Windows and the Photograph BergamoScienza competition.