Bergamo and Brescia

Capital of Culture 2023

Il On July 16th 2020 the Ministry of Culture nominated Bergamo Brescia as the Capital of Italian Culture. Designation motivated by the desire to provide an answer to the discontinuity which, from winter 2020, has profoundly marked global coexistence.

In this initiative, the beauty of the city is not rewarded but the design quality that is expressed, that is the ability to develop a brilliant idea of ​​innovation, involvement and participation around the tangible and intangible heritage

Dario Franceschini Ministry of Culture

An opportunity to design pieces of the future of the territory by focusing on the theme of innovation and environmental sustainability”

Giorgio Gori Mayor of Bergamo

AAppreciate the beauty and extreme importance of culture, and above all know how to give it the space it deserves, so that also our fellow citizens can enjoy it

Emilio Del Bono Mayor of Brescia  


“The illuminated city” is the title of the Dossier Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023..


There are four macro-areas themes of action in the dossier: “the city as a cure“, which reinterprets the mutualistic tradition of local history in a post-pandemic perspective, from social housing to gender policies; “The city of nature”, as a rethinking of the relationship of individuals and the community with natural resources, from sustainable mobility to climate transition strategies; “The city of hidden treasures”, which wants to rethink the relationship of citizenship with the heritage, from world-famous centers such as Bergamo Alta and Brescia Romana to lesser-known itineraries and landscapes; and finally “the city that invents”, which involves a new and innovative business model, from universities to infrastructures

“illuminated city” will be the light after the night.

Dario Franceschini Ministry of Culture

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