Pignolo

Pignolo drone view

Pignolo, the so called former Baroni College, is home of the Department of Letters, Philosophy, Communication.

The place is a terraced building, for it inherits the former layout. Because of this element, you can access the structure from two different entrances: one is in the alley of San Tomaso, in the lower city, and the other in Via Pignolo Alta, just 50 meters before Porta di Sant'Agostino.

A new urban and architectural project

In the area

Via Pignolo is a very special alley: at the base of the upper town, not yet in the lower city.

Home of historic buildings, including many historical palaces; one of them, the Palazzo Bassi Bernareggi, was recently turned into university seat.

In via Pignolo you are surrounded by an unexpected quiet, it is very pleasant to walk down the alley, having a slice of cske and a coffee in one of the typical cafés (e.g. at Caffetteria Torrefazione La Chicca).

Not far from the Fontana del Delfino in Via San Tomaso, you can easily reach the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMEC) and the Carrara Academy, which houses art masterpieces such as Mantegna, Tiziano e Raffaello.

Location

Pignolo is on Google Maps

How to reach the Campus

From Bergamo airport (Milan-Bergamo Airport - Orio al Serio)

Take BUS Line 1 / airport to Porta S. Agostino stop.

From the station

BUS Line 1 - From the train station to Città Alta (Colle Aperto) the bus has a frequency of 15 '.

You can also walk to Porta Nuova in a few minutes, where you can take:
Bus Line 1
Bus Line 1A (from Torre de 'Roveri),
Bus Line 1B (from Scanzo)
Bus Line 1C (from Grassobbio).

From the hostel

BUS Line 3 - leaves from the Bergamo Hostel (located in Monterosso).

The complete map of the ATB links is available at this link.

Campus history

In 1893, Professor Angelo Baroni of Clusone purchased a tavern and some land adjacent to some porticoes from the Maffei family to design a building fit to host elementary schools, which were finished as soon as 1902. In 1918 the boarding school was purchased by the RR Suore Industriali of Bergamo, who in 1925 began construction to expand the building in height along the Via Noca and downstream of the property up to the building that today overlooks Via San Tomaso: the works were driven by the need to adapt the hygienic and sanitary conditions to current standards, as well as by an increase in the number of guests. During the Second World War, the premises were confiscated turn the building into a political prison (Betty Ambiveri was one of the prisoners), but at the end of the conflict the boarding school was immediately reopened: it soon became clear that there was a need for a general restoration of the facilities. The restoration of the buildings took place from 1950 onwards and resulted in the construction of three sports fields, a new church, as well as in the renovation of facilities and equipment and to the complete replacement of all office and dormitory furniture. In 2002 the property was purchased by the Province of Bergamo to be used as a university campus.