Piazza Mercato del fieno 6/a
Città Alta, Bergamo
Not far from the heart of the Upper Town, go through Piazza Mercato del Fieno to discover a remarkable example of medieval monastic architecture rich in hidden treasures: the cloister of the arches, the cloister of the well and the chapter house reveal the long history of this building with their cycles of frescoes made between the 14th and 17th centuries.
The panoramic terrace offers an unforgettable view: the intersection of the two valleys, Brembana and Seriana.
Today home to the offices, archives and library of the Museo delle storie di Bergamo, the convent hosts the Sestini Museum of Photography.
From October to May
Tue-Sun 9.30 – 13 / 14.30 – 18
On 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th of may the Convent will close at 7 pm
From June to September
Tue-Fri 10 – 13 / 14.30 – 18
Saturdays and holidays 10 – 19
Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
The ticket office closes one hour before the museum closes
Full price € 7
the ticket includes entrance to the Convent, access to the Sestini Museum of Photography and access to the photograph exhibition “Bergamo nel Novecento. Storie dall’Archivio fotografico Sestini”.
Reduced-price € 5
valid for Amici del Museo delle storie di Bergamo, university students up to 26 years old, T.C.I. (Touring Club Italiano) members, groups of 15 people
People up to 18 years old, disabled people, ICOM members, accredited journalists, qualified tour guides
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE?
A CONVENT, MANY STORIES
Enter the convent of San Francesco and admire the cloisters, the frescoes and the panoramic terrace overlooking Bergamo valleys. You can discover that you are walking in a convent, but also inside a prison for political prisoners, an elementary school, and in the headquarters of Museo delle storie di Bergamo: just change the century and you will be in the same place! Go out and reach Rocca, from its belvedere you will observe the ancient convent from above, connected to the old fortress by the mysterious “ladder of the convict” …
THE MIDDLE AGES IN A FEW STEPS
In the Middle Ages the city was studded with towers, a symbol of power and defence: the civic tower, now known as Campanone, is one of the few remaining ones, climbing on its top you will admire another tower, Gombito, just a few steps from Piazza Vecchia. Climb down, cross the square, walk past the tower and continue to Piazza Mercato del Fieno, you will discover the tower-houses and Convento di San Francesco, other nearby traces of a distant period, which was not at all dark!