Bergamo is a big and beautiful old city on a hill overlooking a large section of Northern Italy.
It was built as part of the Venetian empire, defending against the… well, pretty much everyone. (French, Spanish, Germanic tribes, Milanese, etc.
Carrie and I really enjoyed our day in Bergamo when we were here in 2007 for our honeymoon. One of the images which stands out to me was being inside the church looking at the duomo, where there is a 14th century painting of the last supper that did have 14 people painted at the last supper, until one of them was painted out (sometime).
So going back to Bergamo this time, while here for Mara’s wedding, we had hoped to see the painting again.
But we got there too late and everything was pretty much closed.
Still, the architecture was beautiful to look at, and we enjoyed the time with Mara and Fabrizio, and getting to know Keith and Annmarie, who hosted Mara years ago when she was an exchange student in Wisconsin.
At the end of the night, you could see one of the old arches lit up in the colors of the Italian flag.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, so it’s neat to be here this summer while various displays of Italian patriotism are being shown around the country.