At the foot of the Argon hills, around 10 kilometres from Bergamo and the airport of Orio al Serio, San Paolo d’Argon is located at the entrance to the Val Cavallina and the Val Calepio.
Giving you an immediate welcome is the Benedictine monastery that dates from the end of the 10th century and reached its architectural apogee together with the parish church of the Conversion of St. Paul Apostle between the 16th and 17th centuries. The two cloisters attributed to Pietro Isabello and the frescoes in the refectory by Giovanni Battista Lorenzetti are the most greatly prized works of art, while the parish church which was designed by the architect Domenico Messi and frescoed by Giulio Quaglio, contains many other frescoes and decorative plasterwork. This is one of the most beautiful and renowned baroque churches in the Bergamasque area.
There is much other beautiful art in the locality, as represented in the “minor” churches of Santa Maria d’Argon, together with its hermitage San Pietro delle Passere (St. Peter of the Sparrows) and San Lorenzo. Turning to the beauty of nature, there are the PLIS delle Valli dell’Argon and the Parco del Seniga: parks in which a network of paths have been created that are suitable for physical activity and with illustrated panels giving information on the local flora and fauna. These are perfect for walks in both winter and summer.
An industrial area of significant dimensions hosts industries of excellence in the fields of industrial chemistry, valves, mechanics, printing and bookbinding.
Nursery-gardening, wine-growing and wine-producing, and market-gardening are also well-developed.
Municipality of San Paolo d’Argon
Area: 5.07 square kilometres
Altitude: 255 metres above sea level