Bergamo, Italy

February 2020

Empty streets of Bergamo, Italy at night on February 21, 2020 during caronavirus outbreak (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Empty streets of Bergamo Città Alta, Italy, February 21, 2020

As I walked the empty streets of Bergamo’s medieval Città Alta (Upper City) in early morning hours of late-February, just as the caronavirus was spreading its evil way across northern Italy, I though back to all the other pandemics that its streets have witnessed over the centuries.  While Bergamo was first occupied even before Roman times, its upper city was fortified by Venetian influence in the 16th century.  These streets have seen plague, black death, smallpox and now COVID-19.

On February 29, our Anvil travel risk alert rises from a 2 to a 3 (on scale of 0-4).  Our flight home is already booked for the next morning.  Nine days later, Bergamo is under lock-down, and has become the epicenter of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak.

But as the sun rises over the city, I have confidence that it will eventually overcome this latest disaster and endure.

Bergamo Città Alta at sunset, Italy (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Bergamo Città Alta

Porta San Giacomo and Bergamo's big Venetian walls at sunrise, Bergamo Città Alta, Italy (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Porta San Giacomo and Bergamo’s big Venetian walls at sunrise, Bergamo Città Alta

Statue on top of bell tower at Church of Sant'Alessandro della Croce silhouetted against sunrise, Bergamo, Italy (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Statue on top of bell tower at Church of Sant’Alessandro della Croce above Bergamo, Italy

Statue on top of bell tower at Church of Sant'Alessandro della Croce silhouetted against sunrise, Bergamo, Italy (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Statue on top of bell tower at Church of Sant’Alessandro della Croce, Bergamo, Italy

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