A Roman town, Bergomum in 196 BC, the town was rebuilt after destruction by Attila the Hun. Bergamo became an independent commune in the 12th century and 1859, part of the Italian kingdom.

I am looking for the people who have always been there, and belong to the places they live. The others I do not wish to see.

Norman Lewis

Città Alta (Upper Town), built upon the hills, which is the "city" by definition, and the Città Bassa (Lower Town), which is a lively financial, industrial, and administrative center of national importance. The two parts are separated, both physically and symbolically, by the powerful Venetian Walls, which were built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the second half of the 16th century.

Bergamo, Italy

We came upon a store that sold truffle spread and oil and we stocked up for our trip and some to take home. My wife had never tasted truffles before and originally thought it was some type of chocolate. We also met an artist who has show his work all over the world. His work was quite stunning but unfortunately out of our price range. There were many nice shops with all sorts of handiwork. I bought a very small casting of a Kazun, a tiny round stone one room structure used over the centuries to store food and other supplies safely out of the elements for those working in the olive groves and vineyards. They could also serve as a temporary shelter from a passing storm.

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Brescia is located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy in-between Milan and Verona. At the foot of the Italian Alps, Brescia has a population of 196,000, and it is considered to be the industrial center of the country. Due to its important location in the northern region of Italy, Brescia has been fought over by various factions and empires.

While in Brescia we stayed at the Ai Musei Bed & Breakfast which was right around the corner to the Piazza del Foro and the Roman Capitoline Temple structure and complex, one of the most important examples of Roman architecture in Northern Italy.

Created in 73 AD, this structure has stood for thousands of years and serves as a poignant reminder of the power of the ancient Roman Empire. Today you can still see elements of the temple including large sections of the wall, foundations, and also part of the front pediment and pillars. Aside from the structure itself, there is also a museum that contains some fantastic information about the temple and the Roman history of Brescia.