As I walked the empty streets of Bergamo’s medieval Città Alta (Upper City) in early morning hours of late-February, just as the caronavirus was spreading its evil way across northern Italy, I though back to all the other pandemics that its streets have witnessed over the centuries. While Bergamo was first occupied even before Roman times, its upper city was fortified by Venetian influence in the 16th century. These streets have seen plague, black death, smallpox and now COVID-19.
On February 29, our Anvil travel risk alert rises from a 2 to a 3 (on scale of 0-4). Our flight home is already booked for the next morning. Nine days later, Bergamo is under lock-down, and has become the.
But as the sun rises over the city, I have confidence that it will eventually overcome this latest disaster and endure.