THE BORGO CANALE: LANDSCAPE, HISTORICAL EXCELLENCE AND AGRO-FOOD EXCELLENCE
A brief introduction will explain the purpose of the walk: observing the particular morphology of the area, the so-called "Conca d'oro" and its transformation over the centuries by man's work.
Along the way, we will talk about the separation between the walled city and the territory, the difference between the two parts despite their close relationship, pointing out the traces left by history and the personalities who were born or lived in Borgo Canale: among others, the cellist Alfredo Piatti, the composer Gaetano Donizetti, the painter Vincenzo Bonomini, the Bossi family, famous for their organ-making and, closer to us, the painter Trento Longaretti.
We will walk along Via degli Orti ("vegetable gardens"), the name of which recalls the natural vocation of these places, which have been cultivated with vegetables for centuries, thanks to the favourable microclimate. We will then visit the small but ancient church of S.Erasmo, nowadays almost unknown but in the past witness of continuous passages of men, and we cannot miss a glimpse of the ancient wash-house, just restored, where the water is flowing again, also evoked by the name (Canale) of the village.
The walk will end in the lower part of the street, near the cultivation of one of Bergamo's excellences, the giant escarole from the hills, where the particular production technique of this sweet and crunchy winter salad will be illustrated.
The visit will last about an hour and a half.
There will be a charge for the visit. A contribution of 8 euros is required; children under 12 years of age are free of charge.
For information and bookings contact the Associazione Bergamo Su & Giù:
tel: 346 8122006