Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti di Bergamo, was founded in 1795 by Count Giacomo Carrara, a merchant collector, who at his death bequeathed his collection to the city of Bergamo. This collection has grown, thanks to more acquisitions and private donations. Today the Pinacoteca holds around 1800 works from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, originating from the Lombard and venetian schools of painting, as well as from Tuscan and Flemish artists. In addition to this collection there is also a large series of prints, bronzes, sculptures, porcelain and furniture. There are rooms dedicated to the Lombard painters, like the seventeenth century painter G.B. Moroni or Lorenzo Lotto. There are also gallery rooms dedicated to the fifteenth century Florentine painters, such as Botticelli, Signorelli, Donatello, Beato Angelico. You can also find examples of Venetian art. The Gallery of Modern Art, next to the Accademia Carrara, has a further collection of prestigious modern works and temporary exhibitions.
Lake Iseo is a scenic water attraction. The 25-kilometer (15.53 meter) long lake is fourth biggest in the region of Lombardy. The lake is surrounded by several towns and the island city of Monte Isola is in the center of this body of water. The lake offers a large number of activities like sailing, skiing, biking, kite surfing, waterboarding and more. The towns around the lake offer great cultural and historic points of interest as well as fine restaurants, spas, vineyards, bars and more. A visit to this tranquil piece of paradise has something to offer for everyone.
Located on the outskirts of Milan, the Leolandia Park is a spectacular amusement park. Sectioned into 6 thematic areas with a total of 39 attractions on board, you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled day out. Enjoy at The World of Peppa Pig or challenge your adventurous soul by sitting in all the terrifying rides. You can also take your kids to the animal section of Leolandia and let them feast their eyes on fishes, reptiles, farm animals, parrots and many more birds and beasts. Live music, dance and drama performances also take place which are quite entertaining to behold. However, the show stealers at this amazing park are the 160 scale reproduction of Italy’s most beautiful monuments. Don't forget to keep your camera ready when you visit these delightful miniature models. Operating since 1971, this place is frequented by both locals and tourists and is a must-visit if you are in Milan.
This artificial basin is considered to be the lake of Milan and is used for high-level motorboat, canoe and rowing competitions. There are also many sports centers around the shore which offer windsurfing, canoeing, rowing and waterskiing. It is also possible to get a fishing permit here. It is open in the summer months only. Some major concerts and music festivals are also held here.
Along the eastern coast of the lake, after Lecco, is Abbadia Lariana e Mandello on the alluvial plain of the Zerbo River. Abbadia owes its name to a Benedictine Abbey of the Church of San Lorenzo and the convent. Abbadia is now annexed to another neighboring center, Mandello del Lario, which as well as being a holiday resort, is also an important industrial center, especially in the mechanical world, and Moto Guzzi is produced here. The Oratory of San Giorgio is an important landmark which dates from the 14th Century, has one nave and 15th-century frescoes. Legend has it that the church was founded by the work of a crusade on its return from the Holy Land, or by a monk who sought refuge in this place. The San Lorenzo Church is of ancient origin and was renovated in the 17th Century. It's interior frescoes have been preserved, as well as some precious paintings. There are also examples of Art Nouveau in some lovely, local villages, such as Villa Falck, Villa Carcano and Villa Fasoli.
Housed within a former train-carriage factory, Pirelli HangarBicocca was established in 2004, and has since been dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. This expansive space has carried crucial exhibitions in the past, besides being the permanent home to The Seven Heavenly Palaces by artist Anselm Kiefer. Pirelli Hangar Bicocca is known for its streamlined spaces that promote creativity, and thus includes a bookshop, a reading room, three exhibition spaces and a workshop area. This art space has previously hosted artists such as Kishio Suga, Joan Jonas and Mike Kelley, among several others.
Built in 1428, the Teatro Donizetti symbolizes the rich theatrical tradition of Lombardy. Rooted deep in history, this theater under the management of the Town Council of Bergamo, plays host to many operettas, dramas, ballet performances and most notably the Festival Bergamo Jazz. Besides this, the theater also plays home to many cultural gatherings and a very popular Drama season. The theater interiors are covered with rich decor, a lovely mural on the ceiling and a warm and friendly atmosphere. A research center and an auditorium find place on the theater premises as well. Over the years, with top notch entertainment, the theater has gone on to become an integral part of Bergamo 's rich history.