Excelsior San Marco Hotel

Piazzale della Repubblica 6, Bergamo, 24122, Italy
Excelsior San Marco Hotel
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Citta Alta in January

by Bashir-1

I plan to come in mid of January, and I think to stay at Citta Alta. I would like to know how will be the public transportation at that time? It will not be affected by the weather?

What time the shops close?

Re: Citta Alta in January

by leics

No-one can possibly predict the weather so far in advance but unless there is very heavy snowfall I seriously doubt whether buses/trains etc will be affected in Bergamo any more than anywhere else in Italy (or elsewhere). So I suggest you do not worry about that aspect.

Italian shop opening times tend to depend on what type of sho (and sometimes what time of year). Food shops are often open from around 8 to about 6 or 7, other shops may open later. Some shops may be closed for a few hours in the middle of the day, although this is (I believe) much less common than it once was.

Re: Citta Alta in January

by cgf

Bergamo is 'split' in two sections, Città Alta (Sìta Ólta) or high city and Città Bassa (Sìta Bàsa) or lower city.
Città alta is the historical Bergamo inside the wall, people have been living there for centuries, città bassa is the modern part of Bergamo relative younger. why should you have problems about weather? probably with a lot of snow, but bigger problems could be somewhere else and airports would be closed.
About shops.. you'll be in Lombardy so shops would be mainly opened between monday AFTERNOON till Saturday evening.

Re: Citta Alta in January

by Bashir-1

I remember in summer, Citta Alta is different than any other part of Lombardy. In summer, Citta Alta shops open until 11:00PM (not only restaurants). Perhaps that is only in June-August. That is my question.

Re: Citta Alta in January

by cgf

I'm afraid it would be 'slide' different in January, not a lot of shopping after 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Re: Citta Alta in January

by suvanki

Hi Bashir, if you haven't booked your hotel yet, I'd suggest that you try www.Venere.com or www.Booking.com for discounted accommodation.

Citta Alta is more atmospheric, but Citta Bassa has good accommodation, which is easily accessible for the upper town by local public bus or by the funicular.

I have some more info about accommodation/places to eat/things to see etc on my Bergamo page http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6f35e/26035/
Have A Great Trip, and I look forward to reading all about it!
Please feel free to contact me for more info.
Best Wishes, Sue

Travel Tips for Bergamo

General Info

by Redang

Tourism Offices

* Bergamo - Lower City
Tourist Information (first pic)
Piazzale Marconi (near the Station)
- Tel.: (+39) 035 21 02 04
- Fax: (+39) 035 23 01 84

- E. mail: turismo1@comune.bg.it

* Bergamo - Upper City
Tourist Information (second pic)
Via Gombito, 13
- Tel.: (+39) 035 24 22 26
- Fax: (+39) 035 24 29 94

- E. mail: turismo@comune.bg.it

Some websites:
- www.apt.bergamo.it
- www.comune.bergamo.it
- www.enit.it/comuniris.asp?Lang=ES&ID=536

Polenta e osei

by lichinga

I have some doubts this is really a "local custom", it smells like a "tourist trap".... anyway, the final result is not that bad, so I prefere to consider it is a newly-introduced "local custom".

Polenta e osei literally means "yellow maize meal with little birds". It's the name of a traditional dish, that was consumed in Northern Italy tens of years ago and now it's almost disappeared. Even if it may appear so rude, there's a reason for "polenta e osei", the main explanation is that people used to have so rare protein intake that even little birds caught by chance, or chased, proved to be useful. If you ever tries eating a small bird, you would know how time consuming it is: not so much as eating a crab, but quite close.

In Bergamo some funny people decided that "polenta e osei" could have been reproduced in a sweet-like form. So, you will find "polenta e osei" in any pastry shop, but never in restaurants. Of course, it has nothing to share, but for the shape, with the traditional recipe! Worth trying: if you manage to bear with the little chocolate-made bird corpse triumphantly topping the small yellow cake.

San Vigilio Hill

by hojasdehierba

From Citta Alta, you can go even higher. Go to Colle Aperto, following Via Colleoni and going out of the city walls and take the other funicular to San Vigilio hill. There are delitghtful strolls you can make round there. At the funicular ticket office you will be able to find leaflets about itineraries on the area. You have great views of Bergamo Alta assured.

Desde Citta Alta, puedes incluso subir mas. Ve a Colle Aperto, siguiendo la Via Colleoni y saliendo de las murallas y coge el otro funicular hasta la colina de San Vigilio. Hay deliciosos paseos que puedes hacer por alli. En la taquilla del funicular podras encontrar folletos sobre itinerarios por la zona. Tienes las mejores vistas de Bergamo Alta aseguradas.

A limited service

by barrikello

Our local service is quite frequent but subject to unavailability during the night. Some local lines even stop at 9 pm and start not before 7 am, thus creating big problems to night travelers. During holidays and Sundays the service is rare (one bus every 40 - 50 minutes) and sometimes unreliable. The price for a single ticket is 0.95 Euros; you can buy a 10 runs carnet at the price of 7.20 Euros.
The surroundings are linked by "SAB" company, with bus leaving from opposite the train station. This company is quite good and it serves almost every village in the area.


by arkadia about THE TUCANS

A lovely place to be while drinking a beer or an aperitive before going to dinner.
If you stay long enough they suddenly come with a plate full of food to go with your drinks.
And believe me, we had problems to have dinner afterwards.


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 Excelsior San Marco Hotel

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Address: Piazzale della Repubblica 6, Bergamo, 24122, Italy