Bergamo is a small town in northern Italy situated around 50kms from Milan in the foothills of the Italian Alps and a short distance from the famous Italian Lakes. Its location makes it an ideal destination to explore the region. It is also easily accessible from across Europe thanks to Ryanair using the local airport as it's northern Italian Hub. The town is a good weekend break destination in its own right with plenty of fine wine and local food to satisfy the holidaymaker.
Air: Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY) is the regional hub for many low cost carriers including Ryanair. It is also possible to fly to Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate.
Shuttle buses run from the airport to the train station in the centre of the New Town. Taxis are widely available.
Rail: There is a regular train service connecting Bergamo to Milan, Lecco and Brescia with onward connections to Verona and Venice. It is possible to see Venice on a day trip from Bergamo.
What to See and Do
There are numerous attractions in Bergamo and the surrounding regions. Car hire may be a good idea to make the most of your time. Check out great car hire offers with easyCar.
Old town: The old town (or Citta Alta) is a steep walk uphill from the New Town down below. Thankfully there is a delightful funicular railway that connects the two parts of the city. A wander round the Old Town is a must. There are numerous small winding streets with interestings bars and cafes where you can sample the local produce. The highlight at the heart of the old town is the Piazza Vecchia or main square where you can admire the surroundings from a cafe. A walk along the walls of the old town give great views across the new town and Lombardy.
Museums: The town has a handful of museums to explore if that is your thing. You can choose from museums of archaeology, science or a museum dedicated to the composer Gaetano Donizetti who was born in Bergamo in 1797.
Italian Lakes: Bergamo is a short drive from the spectacular scenery of the Italian Lakes. We would recommend a drive to Lake Como and the scenic route which runs lakeside from Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio. Be aware the roads are narrow and winding but the views make it worthwhile.
San Pellegrino Terme: This small village is famous across the globe for its sparkling mineral water. The village itself is on the banks of a river only a few minutes drive from Bergamo. Make sure you take the chance to see where the green bottle with the red star comes from. If you are feeling lucky visit the casino which features on the bottle label.
Taxi: Taxi is the most convenient way to get around Bergamo although they can be hard to get hold of at times.
Bus: Buses are modern and regular but do not run 24 hours. Services finish early on a Sunday.
Funicular: Connecting the Old and New Towns this is a must. If you are eating in the Old Town make sure you know when the last train down departs or it's a long walk!
Eating and Drinking
Having recently returned from a trip to Bergamo, greatcitybreaks.com can recommend the following when you are feeling hungry and thirsty!