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Bergamo what to do and see
Bergamo is a lovely city located in the center of Lombardy, 50 km far away from Milan.
The city is divided into 2 parts:

BERGAMO ALTA - UPPER TOWN (called Città Alta) a medieval gem,

In this article I will talk about the medieval city of Bergamo.
A city easily accessible from the airport of Orio al Serio, or for a day trip from Milan.
You can read useful information about what to see and do in this Lombardy city.

A day trip from Milan

 Bergamo is the perfect city to enjoy a nice weekend or a longer stay. Let's see what to do...

Places to go near Milan


Bergamo lower town is the most modern part of the ciry, the heart of commercial life with shops, offices, places of every kind. 
The main street of Bergamo's is Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII and it's going from Porta Nuova to the railway station. 

The main shopping streets of Bergamo are: 

  • Via XX Settembre, 
  • Via Sant'Alessandro, 
  • Via Tasso, 
  • Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 
  • Via Paglia 

In these streets you can find many boutiques and shops. 


V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII, 57 c/o Urban Center, 24122 Bergamo, near the bus station.

Here you can ask for information, maps, brochures...
Opening from Monday to Thursday, 9.00-12,30/14,00-17,30; 
Friday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9.00-17,30; 
Closed on Christmas and The New Year.


  • Accademia Carrara gallery: houses works both Italian (Botticelli, Bellini, Raphael) and foreign. (opening from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.; closed on Tuesday; you can buy tickets until 18.00 p.m.;)
  • Donizetti Theatre: which hosts various national and international events related to the world of music and entertainment.

See them on Google Map.


  • LA DELIZIA: restaurant with classic cuisine in the city center.
  • TAVERNA VALTELLINESE: regional restaurant in the city center.
  • OL GIOPI' E LA MARGI': regional restaurant not far from the city center.
  • LIO PELLEGRINI: restaurant with modern kitchen next to the famous Accademia Carrara.
Find them on Google Map.

There are also many pizzerias, self-service and fast food where you can eat quickly without spending too much.
Numerous bakeries where you can buy a slice of pizza or stuffed focaccia for everyone to enjoy during a nice walk through the streets of the city. The most renowned and best 
bakeries shops in Bergamo are Nessi and Tresoldi.


  1. EXCELSIOR SAN MARCO: halfway between the upper town and lower town in central but quiet position, just 5 minutes walk from the funicular down in upper town.
  2. BEST WESTERN CAPPELLO D'ORO: in the center on the central Avenue of the city at 5 minutes from the train station and a short walk from the main shops and services.
  3. MERCURE BERGAMO PALAZZO DOLCI: It is located near the train station and the bus terminal, and on the central boulevard of shops and restaurants of all kinds.



Medieval town

It's situated on top of a hill with beautiful medieval and Renaissance palaces; is an ancient village with narrow streets uphill, lined with shops and various local. The old town is surrounded by walls along which you can take a long walk enjoying the panorama of the lower town especially on summer evenings. 
It can be accessed by funicular, by bus, by car or on foot.

By Funicular or by bus: buying a special ticket sales in the lower town,

On foot: walking through the various steps that start at various points of the lower town, 
By car: except for summer weekends and Sundays afternoon.

Things to see in Bergamo UPPER TOWN

PIAZZA VECCHIA: Beautiful Renaissance square with a central fountain where elegant look out bars and quaint restaurants and a meeting place for university students.

TORRE DEL COMUNE (CAMPANONE): so he named for its bell that chimes every night at 22.00 180 shots in the past signaled the closing of the city gates for the night. From Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 to 18.00 on summer until November; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9.30 to 20.00; Closed on Monday.

PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE: Thirteenth-century building, it was the seat of the first city consuls. Open from Tuesday to Friday 9,30-17,30, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00; closed on Monday.

BASILICA DI S. MARIA MAGGIORE: located in Piazza del Duomo, it is in Romanesque stile and here was buried Gaetano Donizetti's famous opera composer born in this city; During the religious it is not possible to visit the Basilica. From Monday to Saturday 9.00-12,30/14,30-17,00; Sunday and Public Holidays 9.00-13.00/15.00-18.00.

CAPPELLA COLLEONI: located in Piazza del Duomo, it is in Renaissance style; Here he was buried famous political Bartolomeo Colleoni from Bergamo. From Tuesday to Sunday 9,30-12,30/14,00-18.00; Closed on Monday, Christmas and New Year.

CATTEDRALE DEL DUOMO: Dedicated to St. Alexander, Saint Patron of Bergamo, its underground passages preserves Roman remains. From Monday to Sunday 7.30-12.00/15,00-18,30

WHERE TO EAT in BERGAMO upper town

COLLEONI E DELL'ANGELO: restaurant with classic cuisine located in an old building in Piazza Vecchia.

LA COLOMBINA: hostelry with regional cuisine just outside the city walls.

LA MARIANNA: Historic restaurant with ice cream and pastry located in Colle Aperto one of the sights of the city.

There are also many pizzerias, self-service and fast food where you can eat quickly without spending too much.
Numerous bakeries (Nessi and Tresoldi) where you can buy a slice of pizza or stuffed focaccia for everyone to enjoy during a nice walk through the streets of the city. 

Popular Bakery in Bergamo Alta (upper city) near Funicular

BERGAMO BEST accommodation, upper town

GOMBIT HOTEL: A fantastic location in the heart of Bergamo. It 'set in a historic building next to the Tower of Gombito. Very close to the famous Piazza Vecchia.

ALBERGO IL SOLE: in the central Piazza Vecchia built in an ancient palace.
Set in the historic Bergamo Alta area, "Il Sole" offers a restaurant serving traditional dishes and pizza from the wood-burning oven. The modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi and mountain views.

HOTEL AGNELLO D'ORO: in an excellent position in the beautiful high Bergamo with rooms overlooking the square.

WHAT TO EAT IN BERGAMO (Traditional food)

  • Casonsei (Casoncelli) alla bergamasca: large ravioli stuffed with bread crumbs sausage and parmesan served with butter, sage and bacon.
  • Polenta e osei: polenta with birds.
  • Polenta taragna: polenta with various cheeses.
  • Polenta e osei cake: Sweet marzipan and chocolate cake pan.
Polenta e Osei: typical regional cake



BY CAR: from the A4 Milan-Venice motorway exit at Bergamo.
BY TRAIN: from Milan every hour a train to Bergamo.
BY PLANE: through the Orio al Serio airport.


Bergamo-Milan Airport

Bergamo airport "IL CARAVAGGIO" is located in the village of ORIO AL SERIO and is 5 km far away to the city center and 50 km from the center of Milan. It is used almost exclusively by low cost airlines (the most important is RYANAIR). There are numerous arrivals from major European cities. It is connected to downtown by a very frequent shuttle service and ATB bus (line 1) from the square of the arrivals every 20 minutes from Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays and public holidays.


Hire a car Bergamo Airport

The airport of ORIO AL SERIO is served by many car rental companies such as AVIS, EUROPCAR, HERTZ, Autoeurope, AUTOVIA, BUDGET, Locauto RENT, INCREASED RENT, LEASE, SIX RENT A CAR...

Through a rental car you can reach Milan in 55 minutes and the city center in 12 minutes. 

What is needed to rent a car in Italy?

You will only need an identity card or passport, driving license with no less than one year after the release date of hire, credit car (sometimes is accepted also a debit card or cash). 
It 'also possible to rent without a credit card by choosing the "no credit card" option, and indicating the place of the car withdrawal. 



BERGAMO SCIENZA: (1-16 october 2016)
I MAESTRI DEL PAESAGGIO (7-25 September 2016)


I wait you in my beautiful town! Be cherished.

October 2016

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