Northern Italy: An Espresso & Medieval Design Stop in Bergamo


When I think of Italy, I think espresso. This is probably because my first trip through the country included several cups every day. Compared to American "long" coffee, these little guys pack a wallop of flavor and caffeine. Don't mind if I do.

But today's post isn't to reminisce on old times — it's to share new ones. 


If you've talked to me in the past six months, you probably know that I'm currently working from Europe. (God bless the digital age.) The design inspiration here is truly remarkable, and it hardly matters which country you're in — they all have something new and different to share.

For those who have never been to Italy, I'll just take a minute to say that the States ain't got nothin' on these 2,000-year-old cities. The buildings, streets, and even small details like ironwork have an ancient presence you can actually feel. 

One such old city, Bergamo, gave me quite the surprise when I wandered its streets...

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

I'll be honest... I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the tiles on this basilica... probably because I'd just been admiring some similar ones on Pinterest that same week. 

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With an education in art and design, not to mention a career writing about it, I probably shouldn't be surprised by the ancient origins of design. And yet, I find surprises everywhere here!

(If you're curious, I did some obsessive digging and discovered that this basilica (Santa Maria Maggiore) was built in... the 12th century. That’s more than 800 years ago. How incredible is that??)

As a designer, you know that inspiration can literally be found anywhere — from architecture to web design to children's drawings. However, there's something to be said for really getting out of your comfort zone and seeing something wholly different from what you've always known. 

You don't necessarily have to travel to get this inspiration (hint, hint: check our blog and social channels for more to come!) but you might find that taking the time to broaden your perspective will actually add to the success of your design business. 

I’d call that a worthwhile investment. ;)