Ciao Bella: Part 2 – More Italian F1 GP, Rally cars, AMG Driving Academy, and more!


My five-night stay in Italy was in the town of Bergamo, about 45 minutes from Monza, 30 minutes north of Milan.  That is the famous “Citta Alta” (Upper City) you see up there, which is quite a sight.  Why Bergamo, you ask?…

…because that’s where Brembo is.  My assignment for european car Magazine was behind these walls of the “Kilometro Rosso”.  Yes, that means this wall is actually 3280 feet long!

The town of Bergamo is very picturesque, and if you like walking around cobblestoned pedestrian-only streets to take in the sites, then this is your city.  There is a maze of these types of streets here.

Here’s another shot of the Upper City of Bergamo with Venetian walls built in the 16th century.   Properties up here are expensive, with well-to-do folks paying around $1,100 per square foot for their humble abodes.  That may not sound that extravagant to folks living in U.S. coastal cities, but you have to remember that there is no ocean nearby here.

At the top of the Upper City is one of the coolest restaurants I’d ever eaten at (thank you, Brembo!).  Every meal we ate we got to choose two entrees.  I kept ordering the Gnocchi and Milanesa, both of which I grew up on.
The next day we were at the Franciacorta race circuit at the AMG Driving Academy, testing Brembo's Carbon Ceramic brakes. 

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