Areal view over the old city
From many places you can have a wonderful outlook over the old city.
For this picture we climbed up the tower Campanone at the Piazze Vecchio.
Except for the typical red roofs of the houses, you can see at left in the back the 52 meter high tower called Torre di Gombito.
This tower was erected in the 12th century.
More to the left you can see the bell tower of the cathedral and the doom of the basilica
One-day trip to Lake Como
If you have an extra day to spend in Bergamo, or have already visited all sights of the city, then just hop on the train, and visit Lake Como (Lago di Como), just 35 km away. Here is an itinerary that is manageable in a single day, leaving Bergamo in the morning, and returning in the evening.
The nearest town on Lake Como, and the first stop of our trip is Lecco, which lies at the south-eastern tip of the lake. It is just 40 minutes by train, with services leaving once every hour. In Lecco you can spend about an hour (but don't spend much more) wandering in the old town centre, and along the water, with stunning views of the lake.
From Lecco you should take a boat to Bellagio. Boats are not very frequent, usually 2-3 services a day, so you should check the timetable of Navigazione Laghi first. At our time of visit, there was a daily departure at 10am, and another one on weekends at 11am (with some others in the afternoon, but those are not suitable for this trip).
The boat goes along the eastern branch of the lake, stopping at various places, so you can enjoy both the amazing scenery and the colourful little villages. The journey takes about 1,5 hours.
Bellagio, at the centre of the lake, is a beautiful little village, where it's worth spending 2-3 hours. The most important sights are the old town centre with a nice church, the gardens of Villa Melzi (admission around EUR 6) and Punta Spartivento, with views of the northern branch of the lake. Don't forget to have some cooling gelato (ice cream) while wandering around.
From here, take a ferry to Varenna, which lies on the eastern shore. Ferries are rather frequent, with at least one departure every hour. Take a walk on the lakeside promenade, and then climb the stairs to the centre of the village, which is similarly beautiful as Bellagio was.
If you still have some extra time, and are not afraid of trekking a bit, then climb up to Vezio (15-20 minutes walk, uphill), and enjoy the views from the small castle (admission around EUR 4) on top of the hill over all three branches of the lake. The path to Vezio starts right at the ferry pier, next to the hotel.
At the end of the day, catch a train from Varenna back to Lecco. Trains leave every hour, with an additional express train every two hours. The trip takes 20-40 minutes, depending on the type of the train. In Lecco, you have to change to another train going back to Bergamo, but it usually leaves within 15 minutes, so you won't need to wait too much.
When you arrive back to Bergamo, go to your hotel/hostel, and have a nice sleep after this busy and adventurous day. :)
You can climb up or, if by car, you can drive up to the Upper Town of Begamo, but don't miss this unique funicular to get there. I am sure you'll enjoy the short ride more then you can imagine it. Btw, there is a wonderful sightseeing of the Citta Bassa from the cafe-bar terrace which is next to the Funicular station.
Tipical Mountain Cuisine (off the beaten bath)
Reminds me of things my granparents cooked, the setting isn't too glamourous or thought out, but the quality of the food is very good.
not in bergamo, but VT doesn't have Algua on their list [yet] Polenta Taragna!
the tourist menu gives you a heaping taste of everything for only 23 euro, including drinks (wine and water), coffee, limoncello and dessert.
Pizza, pizza, pizza
Another place in Bergamo Bassa. More than 200 types of pizza, forming several different types: spicy, calzonne, cheese... It would be strange that you couldn't find one that would fit you. They also have some other dishes, but the place were crowded with locals and most of then ordered pizzas, as we did.
The only problem was that menu was only in Italian and we spent a long time trying to guess what the ingredients really were.
We liked it and it was cheap. Otro restaurante en Bergamo Bassa. Mas de 200 tipos de pizza, agrupadas en varias categorias: picantes, calzonne, quesos... Seria raro que no encontrases una que te apetezca. TAmbien tienen otros platos, pero el lugar estaba lleno de italianos y la mayoria pedian pizza, como nosotros.
El unico problema fue que el menu estaba solamente en italiano y pasamos un buen rato intentando adivinar que eran en realidad los ingredientes.
Nos gusto y fue barato.