Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bergamo (and a t-shirt, too)

Since I came over to visit my family in my home town in Bergamo, the weather has been b.r.u.t.a.l.
Rain and cold for the past two weeks. 

At least I've got so much stuff done around the house, but believe me, my mood was paying the toll.

Yesterday, I woke up early and there it was: the perfect blue sky and nice warm sun.

I've got to my favorite spot in the city and took pictures, just like a tourist :)

The City of Bergamo is divided in two areas, the old town, which sits on top of a hill, called Città Alta (High City) and the newer part, on the flat side, called Città Bassa (Low City).
The old part of town is surrounded by antique protective walls (called Le Mura) and there are four big "Doors" that in the past used to be the entrance to the town and custom and duty purposes.

This square is "Piazza Vecchia" the bell tower is called "Campanone":
every night at 10:00 pm, 365 days/year the bell goes on for 100 times 
some people says 80, I honestly never counted :) 
In the old ages it was a reminder that the doors of the city were about to be closed and people had to return home from their jobs (mostly in the fields)

It was early enough that I could get this picture without people walking around... I couldn't avoid the delivery truck, though... otherwise this picture would have been perfect :)

Here some more of my favorite spots around the old part of the city:

I know I'm living in New York now, and it's the pulsing heart of America. 
I know... but you can take a girl out of Bergamo, but can't take Bergamo out of a girl ;)

and when I get homesick... I get into t-shirting :)

image courtesy of

I downloaded a picture of Bergamo's skyline... and used as a template for a t-shirt.
It might not be as popular as the NYC one, but hey... 

outlined the silhouette of the skyline with black fabric paint,
let it dry
and filled the rest in silver, 
leaving the bottom part with free brush-strokes

t-shirt by me, image on the right from

If you're planning a trip to Italy, you might want to stop here for a day or two.
You won't be disappointed.

For more information about Bergamo, its history, what to see, what to do, visit:
wikipedia , , 

xox, d.


  1. I love it! Maybe I'll do the same for the Vancouver skyline. I feel the same way about my home :)

  2. I love it! That's a great idea for just about any skyline! Now I'm kind of jealous. My home town is WAY too small to even have a skyline. You did a great job on the shirt :) And I love the pictures you took! Very beautiful!

  3. What a great idea! Very clever.

  4. A beautiful tee-tribute to a beautiful city! I tried to keep NYC company for you while you were away :)

  5. This is amazing. I love the way the skyline is placed at the bottom of the shirt.

  6. Love your pics. And now I offically have to travel to Italy again. It's been a while and I'm longing for the air, the people, the cuisine, the style. Everything. Thanks for reminding me:-)

  7. Che idea!!! Bellisssima! E favolosa anche l'idea della maglietta con le applicazioni dei fiori! Ciaoooo da Treviglio!

  8. Ma che bella idea e che belle le foto di Bergamo, non ci sono mai stata,merita sicuramente una visita!

  9. What a gorgeous city! If I ever get to Europe, I'd definitely want to visit Bergamo. The architecture is beautiful.

    Love your t-shirt, by the way. What a nice tribute to your beloved city. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  10. Beautiful Bergamo! What a fun idea for a tshirt too!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  11. That is such a fun idea! Love it!!
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  12. Hello and thanks for stopping by at my blog! I love your blog too! I've been to Bergamo once, but went straight to the airport :( but now when I see all these beautiful photos I know that I must visit it once :) And the T-shirt is really cute too :) Have a great day!


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