Beautiful Bergamo, Italy is located east of Milan, at the foot of the Alps and has a population of 140,000. The ancient portion of town, enclosed in 16th-century Venetian walls, boasts many historical and artistic sites, while the lower portion of town sits on the edge of the scenic Po Valley.
The province of Bergamo is one of the richest in Italy. Relatively modern, lower Bergamo is connected by a funicular railway to Bergamo ’s historic area, which is a major tourist attraction and weekend destination for the Milanese.
Greenville’s relationship with Bergamo, Italy dates back to 1984. Interactions were facilitated by the Radicci family, prominent Bergamo industrialists, who provided funding, and by other city officials who were eager for a relationship with Greenville.
Past interactions with Bergamo have included both outbound and inbound delegations, allowing both parties to experience the unique environment and culture of their partner city while building lasting relationships. Bergamo’s business and civic leaders have escorted Greenvillians on a guided tour of their beautiful city. Similarly, Bergamo’s delegates to Greenville were escorted through local historic, cultural and industrial sites. Additional inbound and outbound delegations are currently being planned, including a partnership with Furman University which will allow college student to experience a semester in Bergamo.
Greenville’s relationship with Bergamo has resulted in economic gain for both parties. Italian-owned Trattoria Giorgio and Ristorante Bergamo located in downtown Greenville are prosperous and popular restaurants which draw many hungry Greenvillians daily.
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