Bergamo in July: A day in Milan’s picturesque neighbour

Those who land at Milan Bergamo airport and immediately head 50km west to the Lombard capital miss out on a historic city that is ideal for a day’s sightseeing. This was my first visit to Italy, but Bergamo seemed to be a postcard Italian town, with its tight, cobbled streets and picturesque views over orange Venetian rooftops and the beginnings of the Alps. The city is divided between the old, walled Citta Alta and the more modern lower city. I stayed at a hostel in the north and spent the day gradually making my way south (and downhill) towards the railway station before taking the train to Milan.

The city is divided between the old, walled Citta Alta and the more modern lower city. I stayed at a hostel in the north and spent the day gradually making my way south (and downhill) towards the railway station before taking the train to Milan.

The view of the Citta Alta (upper city) from the Ostello di Bergamo in the north of the city
The badge of Atalanta BC, Bergamo’s football team
The club finished 4th in Serie A (Italy’s top flight) last year
Outside the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, which was built in 1926 and holds 26,500
The main entrance of the Accademia Carrara art gallery
The gallery was established in 1794 by the aristocrat Giacomo Carrara
The gallery is unique in Italy for being made up entirely of private bequests
A couple looking at Van Dyck’s ‘Lamentation over a Dead Christ’ (1650-1670)
Francesco Hayez’s ‘Caterina Cornaro Deposed from the Throne of Cyprus’ (1842)
The view north towards the Alps from the Citta Alta
The highermost part of the Citta Alta from the Civic Tower (Campanone)
Facing east towards the Torre del Gombito from the Civic Tower
The public library on the Piazza Vecchia from the Civic Tower
The view of the lower city from Saint Vigilio
The funicular railway approaching Saint Vigilio
A typical backstreet in the upper city
Tourists at the 16th-century Porta San Giacomo, made of rosewood marble 
Zipwiring near the Venetian walls of the Citta Alta
The lower city in the background is the modern and commercial centre of Bergamo
When in Italy…
Bergamo railway station
The train to Milan
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Gillingham

A visit to White Hart Lane for the first time Gillingham had played my second club, Tottenham, since November 1982 – back when Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield in the League Cup third round. This time the scoreline was an even more one-sided 5-0, but playing against top Premier League opposition it’s the experience that matters more than anything else. Gillingham sold out their 3,000 allocation so I sat with the home fans – and had a good look around a classic ground before it is demolished to make way for the new stadium.

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Corner of the South and West stands
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Brickwork exterior of the East stand
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On Park Lane, behind the South stand
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South stand sign
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“To dare is to do”, Tottenham’s club motto
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The West stand from High Road
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Inside the ground just after kick-off
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3,000 Gillingham fans in the corner of the West and South stands
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Vincent Janssen scores a penalty to make it 3-0
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Gillingham fans and players after the full-time whistle
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South stand
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North stand. The club has dismantled the corner so it can begin to construct the new stadium
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White Hart Lane panorama
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West stand from the halfway line
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Corner of the East and South stands
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Underneath the East stand
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The two scarves!
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Programme stall
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The two teams
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Matchday programme

West Ham’s first match at the Olympic Stadium

West Ham beat Slovenia’s NK Domzale 3-0 in a Europa League qualifier – the first game since the club moved from Upton Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

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Walking to the stadium via Westfield Stratford shopping centre
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Coverage in the London Evening Standard
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Unofficial merchandise in the Olympic Park
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The outside of the stadium, now with West Ham colours and imagery
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Open-air concourse
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View from the concourse
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Inside the Olympic Stadium, now with a slightly reduced capacity and designed for football
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View from the stadium towards London
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View of the stadium from the press box, with the Orbit tower in the background
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Inside the stadium, looking towards the new Bobby Moore Stand
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The stadium clears after the match