Summer is coming to an end, we are returning to our daily routine, but Bergamo still has many surprises in store for us. In autumn, the city is waiting to be discovered and experienced. The streets are painted with a thousand different shades and various art, food, landscape and design events await you.
I Maestri del Paesaggio
If you’re a lover of green design and like to lose yourself in “spontaneous gardens” then don’t miss the Maestri del Paesaggio event. Bergamo becomes the home of Landscaping: from September 6th to 23rd. During the event, currently in its eighth edition, the whole city becomes a stage for outdoor design and landscape architecture. The theme of this year’s edition is Plant Landscape: plants are the real protagonists of nature and of any landscape. Green design projects are present throughout the lower town but, above all, in the Upper Town, where Piazza Vecchia is the heart of this event. This year, the natural garden in Piazza Vecchia is designed by Piet Oudolf, world-renowned garden design master and designer of many important natural gardens, including the High Line in New York and the Millennium Park in Chicago.
And after all the greenery and landscaping, design meets history every Sunday from September 9th to October 3rd. DimoreDesign is an event for those who love artistic contaminations.
A dialogue between the masterpieces of the past and the innovative inspiration of design. Five internationally renowned designers are called upon to reinterpret 5 historic mansions, which house outstanding works of art, with their own style and creativity that distinguishes them: high-impact installations will burst into the rich rooms, the beautiful gardens and spectacular halls.
Is your desire for knowledge never ending? Does the world of science fascinate and intrigue you? Then October is the perfect month to come to Bergamo for the BergamoScienza international festival!
From October 6th to 21st science is in the spotlight for sixteen days of conferences, meetings, workshops and shows. For the “A Nobel Story” category, Craig Cameron Mello, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine 2006, will recount his most important discovery, the RNA interference mechanism, a fundamental change in the history of biomedics. Two exceptional guests for the inauguration: English author and screenwriter Ian Russel McEwan, author of “Atonement” and “Enduring Love”, and neuropsychiatrist Ray Dolan, winner of the 2017 Brain Prize, will be protagonists of “The emotions between science, brain and literature “, a dialogue on the border between science and literature. The “Rediscovering Dinosaurs” conference will delight the many dinosaur and Jurassic Park fans: Jack Horner, one of the greatest dinosaur experts who inspired the character of Alan Grant, paleontologist in Jurassic Park, will speak of the reality and myths about dinosaurs.
I Mercatanti in fiera
Travelling between the culture and typical products of dozens of countries in one afternoon and without moving from Bergamo may seem like something impossible but it’s not!
From October 11th to 14th I Mercanti in fiera, one of the city’s most popular events, fills the city centre with both national and international flavours. Traders from all regions of Italy and from every corner of the continent are ready to invade the city of Bergamo and create a crossroads of traditions and cultures between delicacies and handicrafts. You can taste Spanish paella, German bratwurst and bretzel, trdelnìk, a typical dessert from the Czech Republic, Dutch waffles, Tyrolean speck and Sicilian cannoli all in Bergamo, but don’t worry, you can still get a bowl of steaming Bergamasco polenta too!
The Stories of Botticelli – between Boston and Bergamo
The Accademia Carrara, thanks to the collaboration with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, has big news this year: “The Story of Virginia the Roman” and “The Story of Lucrezia”, two works by the great Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, separated for over two hundred years, will be in the same exhibition “The Stories of Botticelli – between Boston and Bergamo”, from October 12th to January 28th, here in Bergamo!
If the history of art has always fascinated you and you spend hours in museums contemplating the beautiful works of the Italian Renaissance, what are you waiting for? An unmissable event: two female stories of virtue and sacrifice, two stories of redemption. The exhibition will also show the other works by Botticelli, the Portrait of Giuliano de’ Medici, together with the marble bust that depicts him, coming from the Bargello Museum in Florence and the text by Paolo Giovio, “Elogia virtute illustrium” (Basel, 1575) and the Vir Dolorum will be exhibited along with the Crucifix of the Dell’Opera Museum from the Duomo in Prato.
The Donizetti Opera Festival
Gaetano Donizetti is the Bergamo composer par excellence, one of the most internationally celebrated composers of the nineteenth century. From November 20th to December 2nd, Bergamo pays tribute to the composer with the Donizetti Opera Festival: two intense and event-filled weeks, a series of celebrations to commemorate Donizetti’s birthday on November 29th. His birthday will be celebrated with a performance of his sacred repertoire in a concert in the picturesque setting of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in the Upper Town.
The operas chosen for this third edition of the festival are “Enrico di Borgogna”, which marked the young composer’s entry into society, staged for the first time in Venice in 1818 on the occasion of the opening of the Goldoni Theatre and “Il Castello di Kenilworth “, the first of three works dedicated to Elizabeth I of England. And to celebrate his birthday properly, taste the “Donizetti Cake”, one of Bergamo’s typical sweets made in his honour by the historic Balzer patisserie.
Big events not to be missed, the perfect reason to immediately book your stay in Bergamo!