For those who want to spend holidays walking through charming places and historical buildings of Lombardy there’s nothing better than the B&B Antica Dimora di San Giacomo.
This wonderful villa made of stones is situated in Sant’Omobono Terme in the district of Bergamo in Lombardy, in a privileged position to discover wonderful places and monuments.
Fuipiano Valle Imagna
In Fuipiano Valle Imagna you can visit the small mountain village of Arnosto. Dating back to the 14th century, this town that was the seat of the Venetian Customs until 1797, still preserves numerous monuments of high artistic value such as the museum that collects ancient tools used by breeders, artisans and peasants and a small church dedicated to the saints Filippo Neri and Francesco da Paola frescoed with paintings by Francesco Quarenghi.
During the visit to Selino Alto you can see the Ca ‘Taiocco: ancient medieval center of Sant’Omobono Terme. It is one of the most important examples of rural architecture with stone buildings, with a piode roof and gray prida stone walls.
Listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, the village of Crespi d’Adda is one of the most extraordinary examples of village of workers. Born at the end of the 19th century, it was built by the Crespi, famous family of industrial cotton producers in the region, as an “ideal working village” close to their textile factory. It is a real town built by the head of the factory for the employees and their families: every worker had a house with a garden, a vegetable garden and all the necessary services.
San Pellegrino Terme
For those who want to relax, there is nothing better than San Pellegrino Terme, a famous resort of cure and resort, famous all over the world because of the homonymous mineral water, S. Pellegrino. When visiting the town, you can admire the Duomo: dedicated to San Pellegrino, bishop of Auxerre, which in the inside still stores a relic of the saint. The elegant plaster decoration, by Francesco Domenico Camuzio, is wonderful.
One of the main towns of Lombardy is Bergamo. Among the buildings that you should visit there are: the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore built in gratitude to the Virgin, who had protected the town from the plague. Inside, it is characterized by vaults decorated with plaster and pure gold, a clear example of rococo style. Continuing the visit of the town, you will come across the Civic Tower or Capannone, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Looking like a bell tower, the 52-meter-high Civic Tower, which can be reached by stairs or by elevator, is the tallest tower in the town. It was used as a seat of the Podestà, every evening since 360 years ago, at 10 pm, 100 strokes ring out, which in ancient times warned the citizens of the closure of the 4 gates of access to the old town. Another important tower is the Gombito tower, the name derived from the Latin “ad compitum”, which indicates the point where the tower stands, between the cardo and the maximum decumanus of the Roman town.
Built in the 12th century, it still maintains the typical appearance of defensive constructions and today houses the tourist information office. The most majestic building in the town is the Colleoni Chapel: symbol of the Italian Renaissance is characterized by a facade of red and white marble while inside you can admire the sarcophagus in marble and the equestrian statue of the condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni.