A guide to visiting Bergamo, Italy

A guide to visiting Bergamo, Italy

A guide to visiting Bergamo, Italy

Thinking about visiting Bergamo in Italy? Here’s what you need to know!

Fast Facts:

Location: Lombardy, Italy (40 km northeast of Milan)
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro

short story: The Celts (people from Central Europe) founded Bergamo 2000 years ago. It is UNESCO World Heritage List as an important historical city of Italy. It is full of historical buildings, the Citadel (Fortress), the Church of St. Mary and the Library are just a few of them.

A guide to visiting Bergamo, Italy
A guide to visiting Bergamo, Italy

City Guide – Visiting Bergamo, Italy

The city of Bergamo really is a little hidden gem in northern Italy, about an hour from Milan. While often overlooked due to its proximity to Milan, Bergamo Italy will delight you with its beautiful cobblestone streets, euphoric weather and historical atmosphere!

Better still, this beautiful Italian city is also affectionately known as the city of art, and it’s certainly beautiful in a rare and unique way.

Now in all transparency, the only reason we knew about the place and thought of visiting Bergamo was because it was the closest city our flight departed from. So it seemed like the convenient choice back then!

We actually wanted to stay in Milan at first, but since none of us really wanted to go – we googled Bergamo instead. We were immediately won over by a chap named “Irish Tony” – and we’re so glad we took his advice! We ended up embarking on one of our best travel experiences, but more on that later…

The town

Bergamo is divided into two parts – an old part, Cítta Alta (Upper Town), and a new, more modern part, Cittá Bassa Lower Town. The old town is really something special and should be your main destination. So make sure you give yourself adequate time to explore everything it has to offer.

Stepping off the little “funicular” that takes you from the newer part of town to the top of the hill, you immediately feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Bergamo has a long history that goes back about 2000 years. It used to belong to the Venetians, so the architecture is very similar to what you can find in Venice.

We were immediately enchanted by the medieval character of this city.

The best way to enjoy Bergamo is to just walk down the street. The old town is quite small so you will probably see everything just by walking around.

It looks old but is in very good condition. It’s a cozy feeling to stroll through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets, peering into little chocolate and cheese boutiques, wineries and cafes selling their own specialities.

All shops and restaurants blend in well with the houses. They really do look like they’ve been there forever, and many of them almost have. In restaurants they have old photos showing the same restaurant in the 40’s and older.

The town is on a hill with a great view over the newer part of Bergamo (Citta Bassa) and (on a clear day which we never had) the Alps.

Bergamo city guide
Bergamo city guide

Eat in Bergamo

Food prices in Bergamo are pretty much the same in all restaurants. Margheritas cost around 4 euros and pizzas with more filling around 8 euros. But it’s worth it. I never thought I would ever think a pizza tasted fresh let alone healthy…!

What I didn’t like so much were the cakes… In every café window you can see these yellow polenta tarts in all sizes. They look delicious, but like most cakes and pralines in Italy, it looks better than it tastes.

Tip: Here’s a big one eatr from Bergamo These range from traditional dishes from rural Lombardy to contemporary Italian dishes from Bergamo.

Speaking of which, one thing here that looks better inside than outside is their cathedrals.

I have never seen so many incredible churches in such a small area. Usually a town has one nice church and a few boring looking ones. In Bergamo, every church we entered was an overabundance and extravagance of gold, beautiful, truly ancient paintings and architecture that would make anyone want to get religious.

If you only visit one cathedral, skip it The Dumo and Colleoni Chapel on Old Square in the Old Town.

This is a municipal church and inside you will find the architectural features of the different eras that have followed one another since the time of construction.

They began as early as 600 BC. They started building a small church and from then on they built more and more and the church got bigger and bigger.

You can join a Bergamo walking tour to discover the Upper Town of Bergamo and its hidden cultural and architectural heritage. book here.

Square Vecchia

This is the old square in the heart of Citta Alta (the old town). Here you’ll find the 400-year-old Biblioteca Civica, the 12th-century Venetian Gothic Palazzo della Ragione (court of justice) and the 12th-century Torre Civica (civic tower).

If you Climbing the 230 steps to the top of the 54m tower gives you a 360 degree view of Bergamo. The 15th-century bell rings 180 times each night at 10pm to commemorate the city’s medieval curfew.

Getting around Bergama

It is quite comfortable to get around on foot, it takes about 15-20 minutes from the train station to the funicular.

Otherwise, bus number 1 goes from the train station to the funicular, which takes you to Cítta Alta (old town). The funicular connects Citta Bassa with Citta Alta.

You can Get a day pass that allows you to ride all the buses and the funicular as much as you want for a whole day (24 hours from the time of purchase). The price isn’t much more than a one-way ticket, so it’s most likely the best deal.

You can also buy a number of other tickets, e.g. B. 3-day tickets or 1-day tickets including airport bus.

You can buy these tickets at the Bergamo Airport ticket office, at the bus station and at ticket machines.

Bergamo bus station, Italy
Bergamo bus station, Italy

How do I get to Bergama?

There is an airport like ten minutes away from the city Milan Bergamo Airport.

Budget airlines like Ryan Air and Wizzair fly here despite advertising as Milan – just so you know! Search for flights here.

From the airport you can take the bus (line 1C) in 15 minutes to the train station in the center of Bergamo’s new town. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes, so you can use the same ticket to take another bus to the Cítta Alta funicular, which takes you to the old town.

You can take one too Train or bus from Milanit takes about an hour to get there.

Or, Book a private transfer.

Where to stay in Bergamo

I really recommend ‘B&B al vicolo’. We’ve been there ourselves and it’s a great place. It’s like a big apartment with three bedrooms (one with double bed and the other two with multiple beds).

Two very nice and clean bathrooms upstairs and a dining area and TV lounge downstairs. You also get a big good tasty breakfast!

B&B al vicolo

  • Vicolo Sant’ Andrea, 2a – Bergamo – Italy
  • alvicolosandrea@tiscali.it
  • Mobile: +39 338 3848911
  • It costs about 40 euros for a double room.

Things to do in Bergamo Italy

Visit the Tempietto di Santa Croce

This is by far one of the best kept secrets of this incredible city as you will be instantly charmed by all the stone structures and history of this place – we definitely were! It’s an 11th-century chapel which is easy to miss, so take good care when walking through it.

As soon as you step inside you are greeted by a wide range of murals. They even go back to the Middle Ages! Just note that it is only open at select times throughout the year. Aside from that, just standing outside is magical enough.

Have dinner at Il Cicolino

This may come as a surprise as this place is actually a former prison, but it adds to its unique charm and thrill. As you stroll down the pedestrian walkway, you’ll notice an old wooden door – go through it for the ultimate Italian dining experience.

You’ll be served authentic Italian cuisine while the music rolls from the streets behind you. There are also plenty of decadent wines to enjoy and an impressive dessert emu too!

Visit the Museo Donizettiano

You can’t come to this part of Italy, nor have a cultural experience, which is why this amazing museum makes its debut on this list! This specific museum dates back to 1906 and is a collection of works celebrating the famous Italian composer Donizetti.

The interiors of this building are immaculate with the sheer amount of art it houses. From paintings to frescoes to courtyards, an unforgettable experience awaits you – even if you’re not very interested in art, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Visit the Torre Civica

This is actually the local bell tower and gives you the best panoramic view of the city as well as the whole of Piazza Vecchia (which is in the middle of the old town). This is the tallest tower in the area and it rises to around 52 metres.

Take a locally guided tour of Bergamo Italy

If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to your Bergamo Italy travel adventures, then I highly recommend doing things locally and taking one of the many guided tours the city has to offer!

While a guided tour gives you less freedom to do your own thing, it’s your best way to see as much as possible in less time. You can also choose between more culinary tours or historical sites – the choice is yours!

We strongly recommend this private hike This includes discovering the charming old streets of Bergamo and many of the main attractions such as Piazza Vecchia, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Ragione, the Municipal Library and the Cathedral.

Now all you have to do is start your journey to Bergamo Italy – the city you will fall in love with in seconds!

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