Located about 25 miles northeast of Milan, Bergamo is considered one of Italy’s most intriguing cities. The city is actually split into two separate towns. The upper town, cittá alta, is located on the hilltop and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The lower city, cittá bassa is home to a range of restaurants and bars and is a cultural hub for visitors. Take the time to explore the maze of narrow streets and discover the Gothic churches, art galleries, museums and charming cafes. In the cittá alta you’ll discover a range of stunning architecture, particularly around the Piazza Vecchia, and historical hotspots as well as traditional Italian cafes and restaurants. The Bergamo Alps are a stone’s throw away and are home to a number of ski resorts. More adventurous holiday makers will enjoy the ice and rock climbing opportunities that are also available here.
An economy car will suffice in Bergamo as most areas of interest are easy to get to on foot.
Driving in Bergamo
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Important things to note
Most places of interest are easily accessible by foot, however it can be a long walk between the upper and lower town.
When driving to the upper town, be aware that there are very few car parks and on-street parking spaces.
Take care when walking around the streets as many of the pavements and roads are pebbled or cobbled and can be slippery – so it’s recommended to wear sensible shoes.
Highlights & Hotspots
Take a trip to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggoire which is a perfect example of gorgeous Romanesque architecture, combined with Gothic elements. Explore the stunning interior which houses amazing 16th and 17th century Flemish tapestries.
Using the peaceful setting of Bergamo as a base to relax, unwind and indulge in the rich Italian culture here, why not take a day-trip to nearby Milan to explore the bustling cosmopolitan city and have a little retail therapy?
Visit Piazza Vecchia located in the upper town. This gorgeous piazza is the perfect place to take a seat in one of many charming Italian cafes and watch the world go by. The amazing buildings that surround the piazza give insight into the city’s vibrant and varied history.
Art lovers will take great delight in visiting the Accademia Carrara, located just east of the city. Here you’ll discover works of the Italian Masters such as Raphael, Botticelli and Canaletto to name a few.
Bergamo Airport (aka Il Caravaggio International Airport) is located approximately 3 miles southeast of the city centre and is accessible via the Autostrada.