Many cities in northern Italy, given the strong industrialization occurred in the last century, are often seen as cemented modern cities, devoid of history and beauty, but this is not the case.
The Po Valley, due to its marshy and wooded nature, was sparsely inhabited until the III century BC, when during the Imperial age the Romans began to cultivate them. Among the areas already inhabited, we find Bergamo.
A legend attributes to Cyndo, from the tribe of the Liguri Orobi, the foundation of Barra, the first settlement of the area, another instead attributes to the Etruscans the foundation and fortification of the city around the 6th century BC.
Over the centuries it will be dominated by the Cenomani Gauls, by the Romans, by the Longobards, it will become Libero Comune in the Middle Ages, then it will become part of the Republic of Venice, Lombardo-Veneto, until the Unification of Italy with the entry into the city of Garibaldi in 1859 and the participation of many volunteers at the expedition of the Mille.
Bergamo is divided into two parts, Bergamo Alta, which is the oldest part of the city, where are concentrated the major historical attractions, and Bergamo Bassa, born in the Middle Ages and then expanded to the present day and therefore considered the modern part of city.
The Bergamo area, thanks to the work over time of farms and artisans, is rich in specialties and typical quality food products, including: jams, cheeses with milk from cattle raised in mountain pastures, salami, honey; many of these products are certified with DOP (PDO, Protected Designation of Origin), IGP (PGI, Protected Geographic Indication), some De.Co. (Municipal Designation) and wines with DOC (Designation of Origin Controlled) and DOCG (Designation of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed).

Despite it is not commonly known, in Bergamo territory you can find some species of truffles. Although they are not production areas of precious white, there is a fair amount of summer black truffle (or scorzone) and precious black (melanosporum).
For example, harvest areas are the territories from Lovere to S. Pellegrino, along the banks of the Brembo river, or even the Val Serina. Even the oldest orobic truffle hunters claim to have found specimens in city parks.
Thanks to the collaboration with trusty local truffle hunters, it is possible to experience the pleasure of visiting the wonderful woods of Bergamasque Prealps with the company of his dog, searching this mysterious hypogeous mushroom.

Enrich your holiday with a particular and unique activity, or donate it to those you care about instead of usual gifts, a truffle hunting.
It can be done by art and city lovers, and by the most sporty hikers. It is also suitable for children.
Villa Magna Truffles is available to help you in the right choice for your needs.
For more information, visit the dedicated section.
If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us.

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