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Carrara Academy Bergamo

Bergamo's fine arts centre par excellence

The Carrara Academy in Bergamo is an internationally renowned centre of fine arts, a must-see during your stay at Hotel San Pancrazio.

The Carrara Academy has become a real cultural institution in Bergamo, thanks also to the city’s nomination as capital of culture 2023, and today houses one of the finest collections of European art. Masterpieces of fine art by great artists such as Pisanello, Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and other masters of Italian painting, housed in a neoclassical building designed by architect Simone Elia and built between 1810 and 1842.

A rich and prestigious collection intelligently displayed in rooms decorated with original frescoes and stuccoes, a surprising visitor experience that will satisfy every art lover’s sense of beauty in all its forms. A trip through the history of the fine arts from the early 15th century to the end of the 19th century: a complete journey through great works and famous artists to be enjoyed to the full in the beautiful setting of Bergamo.
But not only beauty and art. The Carrara Academy is also a breeding ground of talent, a place where young artists can express their sensitivity and creativity in workshops, seminars and temporary exhibitions.

In the year of Bergamo Brescia capital of culture, the Carrara Academy has benefited from a major museum renewal project, inaugurating a series of fascinating and important exhibitions: all the more reason to visit this splendid centre of artistic buzz just a stone’s throw from Hotel San Pancrazio.

Must-see art villages

Clusone: A charming village near Bergamo where you can admire 15th century frescoes depicting one of the best-known European Dance Macabre and a fine 16th century still working mechanical clock that shows the astral movements.
Gromo: a village that exudes all the magic of the Middle Ages, stone walls and an ancient labyrinth of narrow lanes that will make you feel as if you’re on a film set.
Camerata Cornello: A charming village in Val Brembana located on a rocky cliff that drops down steeply to the river Brembo. Don’t miss a visit to the Tasso and Postal History Museum where you will find numerous documents related to the noble and ancient Tasso family, originally from the village, which played an important role in communications throughout Europe, inventing the postal service and even the taxi. Here you will also find the famous Penny Black, the first stamp issued in the world!

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