Bergomum was an important Roman city, built on the site of a pre-existing Celtic settlement, the focal point of an extensive territory which was crossed by trade routes and rich in raw materials.
Archaeological excavations have uncovered remains of the thousands of years of occupation of Bergamo’s Upper Town, but few of the results of this work are publicly available; the archaeological discoveries have not been incorporated into an overall account of the city’s history. The Bergomum app conducts visitors on a tour within the Venetian town wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), featuring ten locations that represent Bergamo’s origins and ancient history.
The itinerary is equipped with iBeacon technology, making it possible to obtain information during the tour and listen to a brief explanation of each locality.
The first stop is in piazza Cittadella, at the Archaeological Museum, which houses finds from the excavations conducted in the Upper Town, the basic archaeological evidence associated with the monuments and sites of the Roman city.
Sites that are covered by the Bergomum app include the Vicolo Aquila Nera archaeological area (behind the Angelo Mai Civic Library), the areas inside the Cathedral Museum and Treasury and Palazzo del Podestà, the remains found under two commercial premises in Via Colleoni, a stretch of Roman road found beneath Via del Vagine and the cisterns that were part of the Roman town’s water management system. In the Bergomum app you can find how and when some of these areas can be visited.
The Bergomum app project is promoted by Bergamo Council in collaboration with the Archaeology, Fine Art and Landscape Superintendency for the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia, with funding from the Lombardy Regional Authority.