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BergamoItaly

Go beyond this city’s Venetian walls to see a preserved medieval town and check out the impressive art museums in the lower district.

Bergamo is a historic city with a marvelous Upper Town district in the foothills of the Alps. It offers stunning views of the surrounding Lombardy terrain and an insight into the medieval Venetian influence. Travel through time via the popular funicular that runs between the upper and lower districts.

Walk along the narrow alleys of the Citta Alta (Upper Town) district, within the 16th-century Venetian walls. Visit the impressive Rocca stronghold for 360-degree views incorporating the historic center. Admire the 12th-century Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore that separates the Piazza del Duomo from the Piazza Vecchia.

The Piazza Vecchia is a square where you can see an unspoiled tapestry of Renaissance architecture, with such gems as the Palazzo del Podestà and the Palazzo della Ragione. Enter the impressive Palazzo Nuovo to browse the 16th-century books and manuscripts of the Biblioteca Angelo Mai library. Learn about the city’s intense relationship with music at the Donizetti Museum.

For a change of pace and time period, delve into the modern, lively Lower Town district. Explore the art scene around the Piazza Giacomo Carrara. Here you’ll find the GAMeC modern art gallery opposite the Carrara Academy Gallery, which contains an array of fine arts pieces. Stroll through the residential neighborhoods of this modern part of the city.

A little north of the Upper Town district lies the hilltop Bergamo Botanical Garden. Cross charming streams via wooden bridges and snap photos of the vista that extends as far as the Alps and Milan on clear days.

Bergamo is in the northern part of the Lombardy region in northern Italy. Arrive at Orio al Serio International Airport and ride a bus to the city to get here in about 20 minutes. You can also take a train from Milan, 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest. Use buses and the cable railway to get around the city.

Come to Bergamo to experience a flourishing art scene and a spectacular historic center behind its Venetian walls.

Where to stay in Bergamo

Citta Alta

Citta Alta

5/5Exceptional!(21 area reviews)

Unique features of Citta Alta include the historic sites and restaurants. Make a stop by Rocca or Piazza Vecchia while you're exploring the area.

Citta Alta
Bergamo

Citta Bassa

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Shopping, historic sites, and lake views are just a few things travelers enjoy about Citta Bassa. Check out Teatro Donizetti or Via XX Settembre while you're exploring the area.

Citta Bassa
Bergamo

Stazione

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Stazione, Centro Congressi Giovanni XXIII and Teatro Donizetti are top sights worth seeing.

Stazione

Top Hotels in Bergamo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Art & Hotel Treviolo
Art & Hotel Treviolo
3 out of 5
via Compagnoni, 31, Treviolo, BG
¥5,891
per night
Apr 25 - Apr 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Kilometro Rosso Science and Technology Park. ...

3.9/5Good! (443 reviews)
Would come back to this hotel

"Hotel is easily accessible from the airport. Staff are very friendly, professional and helpful. Front desk is manned 24/7. Breakfast was included and is simple but generous. When asked for fresh coffee it was immediately provided with a splendid attitude of Italian hospitality! Room is simple, a ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Art & Hotel Treviolo
Starhotels Cristallo Palace
Starhotels Cristallo Palace
4 out of 5
Via Betty Ambiveri 35, Bergamo, BG

This family-friendly Bergamo hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital, Via XX Settembre, and Centro Congressi Giovanni ...

4.1/5Very Good! (560 reviews)
Crystal clear

"Awesome place. Close to the airport so you can see all the cool airplanes take off. Excellent for early morning flights off Bergamo. Kind staff and great service."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

Starhotels Cristallo Palace
Central Hostel BG
Central Hostel BG
Via Antonio Ghislanzoni 30, Bergamo, BG
¥5,891
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17

Located in Citta Bassa, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Via XX Settembre, Largo Porta Nuova, and Piazza Matteotti. Centro Congressi Giovanni XXIII and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (146 reviews)

"Very helpful staff, comfortable room and brilliant location for exploring Bergamo. Only one English language TV Channel and that was CNN. Would definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Central Hostel BG

Popular things to do in Bergamo

Piazza Vecchia
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Piazza Vecchia

4.5/5(134 reviews)

Enjoy hot drinks in a café and admire the harmonious layout of the landmark Renaissance buildings that decorate this Old Square.

GAMeC
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GAMeC

4/5(1 review)

In this suitably modern building browse an array of 20th-century works of art in the permanent collection and examine the modern masterpieces in the temporary exhibits.

Oriocenter
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Oriocenter

5/5(1 review)

You can search for that perfect souvenir at Oriocenter during your trip to Orio al Serio. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Rocca
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Rocca

Appreciate the array of historical relics in the museum and snap photos of the 360-degree views from the main tower of this medieval outpost.

Bell Tower
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Bell Tower

Get a close-up view of the Big Bell at the summit of the structure that is the tallest in the City of One Hundred Towers.

Colleoni Chapel
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Colleoni Chapel

Gaze at the beautiful frescoes adorning the dome and see the gloomy tomb in this spectacular church likened to a jewel box.

Top activities in Bergamo

Bergamo Traditional food tour
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Bergamo Traditional food tour

¥8,915
Per adult
Bergamo: 2.5-hour private tour of the Lower Town
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Bergamo: 2.5-hour private tour of the Lower Town

¥24,891
Per adult
Bergamo: 2.5-hour private walking tour of the Upper Town
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Bergamo: 2.5-hour private walking tour of the Upper Town

¥24,891
Per adult
Gnocchi Cooking Class with a Local Chef in Bergamo
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Gnocchi Cooking Class with a Local Chef in Bergamo

¥10,194
Per adult
Franciacorta Wine Tasting & Shopping Tour from Bergamo
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Franciacorta Wine Tasting & Shopping Tour from Bergamo

¥5,824
Per adult
Venice Day Trip from Bergamo
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Venice Day Trip from Bergamo

100% of travellers recommend
¥11,768
Per adult

Reviews of Bergamo

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 11.627906976744185%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.3255813953488373%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 30, 2019

History beauty all around plus best food!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 27, 2019

Great Food Citta Alta a must see.

5/5 - Excellent

Geoff

Jul 21, 2019

Bergamo is a hidden gem of Italy. We enjoyed it so much more than Verona and the Lake Como region, probably because there were no crowds and it was so peaceful and walkable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 20, 2019

Would love to spend more time in this historic, culturally rich city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 19, 2019

Citta Alta is unique and must see. 1 full day for the City Center and Citta Alta will be enough though.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 14, 2019

Unique place, full of historic and modern life, well recommended to all who like stylish Europe

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