|This is definitely one of those
Italian hill towns which evokes The Name of the Rose!
Somewhat ominously, with hindsight obviously, I
stayed here at the end of February 2020 and departed the day before the
infamous coronavirus lockdown for which Bergamo became the European
epicentre. I can imagine that, in summer, the high walls and
narrow streets provide a welcome shade from the intense sunshine; in
winter it accentuates the damp and cold.
It seems more than a little unfair to judge
this beautiful, romantic town by the tragedy of our modern plague.
It was, for me, rather melancholic (even before the plague), but
beautiful food, hotel, wonderful buildings and generally great
Somewhat ironically I had spent the earlier
part of the week, working in Fiesole, the 14th century plague setting
for Boccaccio's Decameron.