The Province of Bergamo
() is a province
in the Lombardy
region of Italy
. It has a population of 1,098,740 (2010), an area of 2,722.86 square km
, and contains 244 comuni
). Its capital is the city of Bergamo
It borders the province of Sondrio
to the north, the province of Brescia
to the east, the province of Cremona
to the south and the provinces of Milan
to the west. The northern part is made up of the Orobian Alps
with the highest point at 3,052 m
(Mt. Coca). Its valleys include Val Seriana
. The southern part is mainly made up of flatlands.
Its rivers include the Serio
, the Brembo
and the Adda
at the southwestern boundary.
In the east, Lake Iseo
forms its boundary which the Oglio
from the Camonica
Valley flows through. Minerals are found in the area of Trescore Balneario
and San Pellegrino
(the source of the mineral water of the same name) and other places.
As of December 31, 2010, the main municipality areas (comuni
) by population are:
The low lying areas are rich in pastures along with corn, wine, grain, rice and flax that are cultivated. Hunting is common.Very common is also the breeding of poultry, pigs with modern techniques, and the traditional sheep herding.
The province of Bergamo
economy is based on SMEs
, so it is not easy to speak of main activities as very varied products are made.The main heavy industries of the province of Bergamo are mineral processing, especially iron