The Agnellow D'Oro (which means the Golden Lamb) was a very small hotel in the center of Bergamo Alta, the old walled city on a hill. The hotel had a charming restaurant on the first floor with copper pots and old pictures everywhere. We had a Continental breakfast there the next morning.
The room was small, but clean. Two single beds, a chair, shuttered window with view of the narrow cobblestone street below. There was a cobblestone area in front of the hotel with a fountain in front where we could pull up to unload the car. We had to park on the street several blocks away but the walk was pleasant. There was a lift for our luggage, small and ancient.
Jet lag set in after an initial exploration of the town. I was not as sleepy as my daughter and found that late in the evening was when the Italians just began to party. The bar/restaurant across from the hotel became filled with street sounds and joyful people and sleep was not possible until after midnight. I wanted to join in the fun but Megan was still out and there was only one key to the room to a bolt lock that would have locked her in if I had left. So I spent the time writing in my journal and enjoying the party from the view of my window.
I finally caught up on my lost sleep and the next morning we set out for our first real adventure into the Italy less traveled. We were told where to park our car as there would be no room in the narrow streets of the ancient city to park. We were at the hotel only long enough to registar and unload our bags before finding the lot on the edge of town. Since the Old City is not huge it was not far for us to walk back to the hotel to catch up on our jet lag.
Kansas City, Missouri
December 24, 2003
From journal Italy Less Traveled-Bergamo Alta