Ancient mansions and gardens in Caprino

For centuries, Caprino has been the centre of administration and economic advancement of Val San Martino. Its urban layout, while still maintaining a medieval structure, has undergone major changes since the XVIII century. On the short road that passes through the old city centre of Caprino Bergamasco as we know it today, one austere façade after the other creates a patchwork of buildings that belonged to noble and middle-class families which contributed to the development of agriculture and silk industry. At the time, being the owner of a countryside residence with a garden was not only fashionable. It was also a clear expression of prestige and success in business. The gardens were also a refuge from formal obligations, from the life in the village, and, sometimes, a place of inspiration for artists and authors. To those who walk through the streets of Caprino today, the ancient gardens remain hidden behind the walls of the century-old mansions. Only after crossing their threshold, it is possible to admire unexpected and wonderful places of delight, decorum, mystery and sophistication.

This heritage is well highlighted by a series of plaques that signal all the buildings with historical-artistic value. These plaques create one of the most relevant tourist itinerary of Val San Martino, a valley with a varied landscape located between the area of Bergamo and the Como Lake. The network of plaques, developed thanks to the Fucina Ghislanzoni, gives visitors the chance to become familiar with the mansions on site and better understand what these ancient walls stand for. Knowledge of such an itinerary needs to be highlighted and diffused by taking advantage of the digital tools as an additional support for tourists to reach and to get to know this area’s heritage.


  • ROTA G., TREMOLADA C., Caprino Bergamasco. Antiche dimore, Caprino Bergamasco, 2006.
  • ROTA G., Giardini di delizia e decoro a Caprino Bergamasco, in La Rivista di Bergamo. Rivista trimestrale d'arte, di cultura e di immagini, n. 45, Bergamo 2006, pp. 48 sgg.