Citta Alta is the oldest part of Bergamo which name probably comes from the celtic word for the hill. It was founded in pre-christian times by the Romans, but most developed during the rule of the Venetian Republic.
Although less known by the tourists, Citta Alta might be considered as the gem of the Lombardy Region.
some things are tough to get hold of in italy
bring a small cooler bag for cheeses good stout shoes for the cobbled streets of cita alta condoms are not usually available in italy outside of chemists so stock up before you go. remember tobacconists shut at funny times in italy so make sure you have plenty of ciggys and also not many place sell rizlas so bring these too
Pls if anyone from Bergamo...
Pls if anyone from Bergamo read this drop me a line to confirm (or not): I've heard several times this story but I've never had a confirmation ... it seems that many years ago an agreement between the Catholic people and the city government assured the non-granting of licenses for typical nightlife places (discos & so on ...) within the city borders.
In fact if you walk Bergamo by night (mainly in 'citta' alta') you can see several nice bars where you can drink & eat but you'll never see any discobar or big live music pub. Curious ...
Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport
Here is my Wizz air Airbus A320 standing on Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, ready for flying to Katowice, Poland. I bought the ticket in sale on Wizz air website from Bergamo to Katowice for 44 Euros return including taxes.
The Best Ice Creams ever!
While I was in Padova (Padua) a few years ago, I discovered Grom, and very quickly became addicted to their Ice creams!
In October 2008, I visited Bergamo. On the way back to the airport I was surprised to see a Grom shop from the bus window - Aaaargh!!!! I'd missed out!
So, when I booked this trip for April 09, I was pleased to see that our hotel was only a few metres from this Gelateria. I only managed to sample 3 ice creams while I was here this time, but they were all scrummy!
My first ice cream in a cone was Limone, - Mmmmmmm, just the right balance of sweetness and bitterness. The ingredients are all seasonal, so from April to October, Amalfi Sfusato lemons are used. The lemon juice is extracted by hand, to ensure no bitter pith is included.
November to March, Sicillian Verdello lemons are used in making the ice cream.
Next day, I was tempted by the Extra Noir chocolate, which was a delicious sorbet. I was surprised to find that there was no cream or milk used in the recipe (as it tasted so creamy) just organic Bolivian cocoa, pure mountain water and white cane sugar are used.
On our last day, all 7 of us headed for Grom, and kept the very patient assistant busy, as we selected our choices. (pic 2)
I decided to try something different, and deliberately selected one that I couldn't translate. I was very pleased to find that I'd chosen ginger! I love ginger!
The assistant suggested I had this with a scoop of chocolate ice cream - it went perfectly with the Extra Noir chocolate. (pic 3)
Ice cream can be purchased in cones or tubs. I had a small cone each time -2.20 euros for up to 2 scoops of ice cream.
Since I first discovered Grom in Padova, more branches have opened. I hadn't realised until I checked the website that there were branches in Venice and Treviso now (I'd walked near to one of the shops in Venice during my Christmas visit, without knowing it was there) Perhaps it was as well that I didn't know, or I'd have eaten my own body weight in ice cream!
As they are all made from high quality ingredients, and taste so wonderful, I tend to think that it's 'Health food' and is doing me good!!
Check out the informative web site for more info!!
Branches of Grom
Torino • Milano • New York • Parigi • Tokyo • Venezia • Firenze • Bergamo • Bologna • Genova • Sanremo • Ferrara • Mantova • Mestre • Trieste • Chioggia • Novara • Padova • Parma • Perugia • Treviso • Asti • Cuneo • Chieri • Casale
I'm waiting for a UK branch!!!!!! I've thoroughly enjoyed each of the flavours that I've tried here in Bergamo, and Padova.
Check out the website for flavours and ingredients and enjoy a 'Virtual Ice Cream'!
If I had to choose my 'Death Row'/Last ever meal- A Grom Ice cream would be my Dessert choice!!!
Okay-so I've decided-Limone belongs to Padova- The flavour reminds me of my time spent here, and whenever I think of Padua, it's not long before I start salivating, remembering my Limone experience.
So Bergamo Grom is the Extra Noir chocolate and Ginger! Mmmmm-smooth and spicy-hot and cold- a taste of 2 Ice creams/ a taste of 2 cities!