Bergamo City & Old Town
Once you reach Bergamo city you will come to know that there are two parts of the city, Modern & Old. Modern part is where u will arrive either from Train or by Road and Old Town is on top of a hill 5 to 10 mins from the new part.
All the historical buildings and sites are in the old part. The business centre is in new part. So, whenever u reach Bergamo first decide according to your interest in which part u would like to spend more time. The Historical buildings and Churches are really something must see in this city. It was fantastic to have a our friend Titti to be with me and my aunt - Najma. She was extremely helpful and nice. I thank You so much Titti for showing us around. If you ahve any question about Bergamo, its her city, just drop her an email and she'll reply.
Valcalepio wine and Moscato di Scanzo
That's the wonderful wine producted in the Bergamo province despite the area does not have a huge fame compared to others in Italy.
This wine has three varieties: red, white and the uncomparable Moscato Passito di Scanzo. The latter is the symbol of the Bergamo enology - famous for its sweetness, tasting of pepper, cinnamon and rose - it finds its perfect match with sweets like almond biscuits. Only few thousands of bottle are produced every year and its price varies between 20 and more than 100 Euros.
Bergamo's underground secrets
If you can speak a little italian and if they organize a visit while you are in Bergamo you should use the occasion.
"Le nottole" is a group organizing trips in some fascinating places under Bergamo: cisterns, ancient military tunnels and castels' dungeons.
Have a look in their website and see when they're organizing the next trip!
There is an airport at Bergamo...
There is an airport at Bergamo but getting there by train was good enought for me.
The town's funicular service is excellent. There are 4 different routes which give you a great tour of the town, whilst saving you a lot of uphill walking ! The first funicular was built in 1887 but don't worry these have been continuously serviced in the past.
Cheap bite but yummie!
Bergamo houses a lot of students as well. They are usually not living on a big budget. It might be helpful to watch where they hang out or get their food from to find out where you can have a cheaper snack then the salad I had at Caffe del Tasso `-)
But even without this tip... if you walk through the main shopping street in the old city centre, the Via Bartolomeo Colleoni, your attention will soon be drawn towards the windows of Il Fornaio!
A plentitute of pizza's, foccacio's, breads....
really mouth watery.
Here you can buy a piece of your likes and have it warmed up in the oven (fornaio).
Once it is ready you can choose to take it with you and eat it outside on the Plazzia or stay inside and eat it at one of the little tables, standing up.
Here they cut the pizza's with cisors... weird :)
But it was tasty
I paid 7,80 for a portion of pizza and a big warmed up sandwich.