The project "Biodiversity inside the city: Bergamo's Val d'Astino" wins the third edition of the Italian National Landscape Award and becomes the Italian candidate for the seventh edition of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. National Landscape Award: what it is In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Touris...

Casoncelli, also known as casonsei in the local dialect, is a typical first course of Lombardy, in particular in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia. Casoncelli is a kind of stuffed fresh pasta, shaped like a wrapped candy. The filling varies depending on where you are: in Brescia, it’s traditionally made of leftover beef and fresh salami (pasta di s...

Every Monday night in the northern Italian town that had perhaps the highest coronavirus death rate in all of Europe, a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress leads group therapy sessions in the local church. “She has treated survivors of war,” the Rev. Matteo Cella, the parish priest of the town, Nembro, in Bergamo province, said of th...

Every Monday night in the northern Italian town that had perhaps the highest coronavirus death rate in all of Europe, a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress leads group therapy sessions in the local church. “She has treated survivors of war,” the Rev. Matteo Cella, the parish priest of the town, Nembro, in Bergamo province, said of th...

Five years ago, a small-town soccer club from Bergamo was struggling to stay in the Serie A, the Italian national league, eventually getting itself into the 17th position. Last year, the Atalanta soccer team clinched the third spot in the final standing and accessed the UEFA Champions League for the second year in a row. The team has indeed managed...

The city of Bergamo has Celtic origins. Its name derives from the words "Berg" (a mountain) and heim (a house). Surrounded by the Pre-Alps, the city was soon conquered by the Romans who did not miss an opportunity to use this natural strategic stronghold. With the end of the Roman Empire, Lombards and Franks followed one another in the dominion of...

The intensive care unit of an Italian hospital devastated by the coronavirus is finally COVID-19-free. The Papa Giovanni XXIII, the main hospital in Bergamo, on Wednesday reported no virus patients in its ICU for the first time in 137 days — since the first patient was admitted on Feb. 23, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Bergamo’s surroundin...

Italy bid farewell to its coronavirus dead on Sunday with a haunting Requiem concert performed at the entrance to the cemetery of Bergamo, the hardest-hit province in the onetime epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. President Sergio Mattarella was the guest of honor, and said his presence made clear that all of Italy was bowing down to honor Berg...

"We don't want revenge, we want justice," said Stefano Fusco, 31, who created a group on Facebook to reach out to others in similar situations after his grandfather died of the virus in a care home in March. Italy’s official death toll – which many experts believe is underestimated – is now over 34,000. The complaints were filed at the prosecutors'...

Isola Santa Cristina, a private island in the north of the Venetian lagoon, will welcome 14 first responders from hospitals in Bergamo for a free five-night stay before the island opens up to tourism.  Owners René and Sandra Deutsch, members of the Swarovksi family, have offered their island and covered the costs of food and lodging, while Allison...