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Bergamo Alta 
Cast.di Grumello

Bergamo Alta, Grumello al Monte

  • GEOGRAPHY - The inhabited area of ​​Bergamo is divided into two distinct parts, the "Lower Town" and the "Upper Town"; the latter is located at a higher altitude and houses the majority of the most significant monuments, while the Lower City - although it is also of ancient origin and preserves its historic nucleus - was made in part more modern by some urbanization interventions . The two portions of the inhabited area are separated by the Venetian walls, listed since 2017 among the UNESCO protected world heritage sites. Bergamo is nicknamed "the city of the Thousand" because of the large number of Bergamo volunteers - about 180 - who took part in the expedition of the Thousand led by Giuseppe Garibaldi, a crucial episode of the Risorgimento.
  • HISTORY - The first occupation is that of the Ligurians, more precisely the Orobi, followed by that of the Cenomani and Senoni. In Latin it is known as Bergomum. Following the fall of the Empire, Bergomum is repeatedly looted, until the arrival of the Lombards in 569, which set up a Duchy. In this period in Bergamo the following powerful Lombard families flourished: Suardi, Colleoni, Crotti, Rivola, Mozzi, Martinengo. Expelled in 774 by the Franks, the city is governed by a series of bishops-counts. In 904 King Arnolfo, gave Bishop Adalbert full political and civil jurisdiction over the city, and it was years of improvement and reconstruction, but in 1098 the bishop's jurisdiction, after a struggle over the investiture, was deposed. Since 1098 Bergamo is a free municipality, and after a couple of wars against Brescia joins the Lombard League against the emperor Federico Barbarossa. Starting from the XIII century, in the context of the fights between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, Bergamo fell under the influence of the Visconti of Milan, who fortified the Citadel. From 1428 Bergamo becomes part of the dominions of the Republic of Venice. The Venetians reconstruct the old city, erecting massive defensive walls. 

Cable-car to Ancient fortified city

After a long debate about the most disparate means of joining the two parts of the city, in 1887 the project of the Emilian Alessandro Ferretti prevailed, which was also entrusted with the concession for the operation of the tram network of Bergamo. Therefore, a "va and vieni" type plant was built which, starting from Bergamo Bassa, crossed the Venetian walls and led into the heart of the Upper Town. The first ride of the funicular took place on September 1887.


Ancient fortified city

Bergamo Alta is a medieval city, surrounded by ramparts erected in the 16th century, during the Venetian domination, which added to the pre-existing fortifications in order to make it an impregnable fortress. The most known and popular part is Piazza Vecchia, with the Contarini fountain, the Palazzo della Ragione, the civic tower defined by the architect Le Corbusier, the most beautiful square in Europe.


Castle of Grumello al Monte

Located in the heart of Valcalepio, between Bergamo and Lake Iseo, the Castello di Grumello was erected as a military fortress in 1200 and later transformed into an aristocratic residence. The tower with Guelph battlements, the Hall of the Knights and the cellars are what remains of the medieval fortress, while the palace and chapel date back to 1700.
Since 1953 it belongs to the Reschigna Kettlitz family of Milan, which has given new impetus to the winemaking tradition of the territory of Grumello with the production of fine wines.


Valcalepio Rosso DOC 

The production capacity of the company Il Castello di Grumello is about one hundred thousand bottles a year. The wines, all produced with their own grapes and vinified with the advice of enologist Paolo Zadra, mature in the Castello cellar, under whose centuries-old vaults coexist modern fermentation plants in stainless steel with traditional presses and barrels in fine woods.


Meeting Point: Bergamo, Funicular for the Upper Town, with own means.
Mode of excursion: ascent and guided walking tour, on flat land
Duration: 1h and 30 '/ 2h
Percentage: 2/3 km.
Service: Tour guide in language
Transfer: Castle of Grumello (12 km) about 20 ', with own means.
Visit: guided tour of the Castle and cellars
Tasting: with DOCG wines from the internal production and local specialties
Lunch: complete tasting and complete lunch
(tasting and lunch are alternatives)
Duration: 1h / 1 and 30 'approximately
Service: Tour guide in language

End of Itinerary: Castello di Grumello

Accompanying service
A transport service is available on request through Minivan, with a meeting and release point to be agreed with the customer (Milan city center, Railway Station, Milan Malpensa Airports, Milan Linate Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport)

The details of the routes can be modified, depending on the date requested, the season, the closing round of the different suppliers. Registered users will be promptly informed.


reserved for the SINGLE PARTICIPANT
including all the services provided for in the excursion:
(Catering, Tasting in the cellar,
Museums, internal transport, etc.)
All inclusive of VAT

min. 6 people

€  174 /each

Alessandro E.Lupi 
P.I. IT05475350962
Milano IT


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