Bergamo Travel Guide

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Bergamo Highlights

  • Pro
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     Compact, inexpensive for hotels and restaurants and convenient to Bergamo airport 

  • Con
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     the traffic and modern development of the Citta' Bassa (the modern part) 

  • In a nutshell
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     Citta' Alta is a jewel to discover slowly, beautiful and melancholy 

Bergamo Things to Do

  • Città Alta

    The Porta Sant’ Agostino city gate is the Southern gate to Città Alta for all motorized traffic. Although the center gate is just a single lane, all traffic (including the buses and trucks) have to pass this gate and making a sharp turn to get at the road along the outer walls. Porta Sant’ Agostino was designed by Paolo Berlendis. Construction...

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    This beautiful square in the centre of Bergamo has a lovely fountain in the centre. This is decorated with white marble lions donated to the city by Alvise Contarini in 1780. On the north side there is a library building which used to be the town hall. This was being restored and was hidden under tarpaulin during our visit. On the south side is...

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  • Città Bassa

    Città Bassa or the lower town is probably the first part of the town of Bergamo that you will encounter. The train station is the main port to town. The nicest thing about Città Bassa is that it's rather on one level. Spending a day here is a good preparation for a Città Alta visit. Points of interest in Città Bassa: -Train station (Stazione...

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Bergamo Restaurants

  • Alta: Gelato 3..and the best, imo

    You'd think that ice-cream in Citta Alta's Piazza Vecchia would be more expensive than in Citta Bassa, wouldn't you?It wasn't. It was cheaper (2.30 euro for a two-flavoured cone).And I thought it was better ice-cream as well, although that is purely a personal opinion.Caffe del Tasso has been on Piazza Vecchia for a very long time indeed. The...

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  • Friendly place with good food and drink

    This bar/ restaurant is neat the funicular station in the upper town. That is the funicular that runs from the lower to the upper town.We stopped here for dinner. We drank German beer. Let's mix a few cultures, why not? I had delicious salmon filled ravioli in a spicy sauce; my husband had a burger. The waitress could not have been more pleasant...

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  • Reasonably priced Restaurant in Citta...

    This was a place that I'd been wanting to eat at for a long time. My first few visits, I didn't find it, and although we visited in 2011, as a possible venue for our 2012 Eurmeet, this was the first time that I got the chance to eat here.The restaurant is located off the main thoroughfare of Via Colleoni. Originally a monastery, the building has...

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Bergamo Nightlife

  • Popular Irish Victorian Bar

    Well it took us a while to find this place open, during our visits to Bergamo when planning our big Eurmeet in 2012.We finally found it open on the last night of our meet, when an international gang were in need of a night cap or two. located on a side street off the Main Street Papa Giovanni, this is a Victorian, Irish Pub, with great atmosphere...

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  • Late night bar -

    UPDATE - not sure if this bar is still here or not - have visited Bergamo a few times since, and although not looking for this place, haven't noticed it - will do some research!After enjoying our meal at Albergo Piemontese, we decided to find somewhere to enjoy a drink, before heading back to our hotel.Patsy spotted a likely place, and so we headed...

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  • Irish pub in Citta Alta

    UPDATE - June 2012, this pub is no longer here ;-(. However, there is a Tucan bar near to the funicular stop, still Irish themed, where we enjoyed a few bevvies during Eurmeet 2012 - The Guinness is still good! Not sure if this is the same owners etc relocated. I'll make a new tip on this place as soon as I can.I'd passed by this popular and cosy...

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Bergamo Transportation

  • Visit Bergamo by public transportation

    Bergamo is one of the most charming cities in Italy, however a little for shyness a little for modesty, its charme is not fully appreciated. I suggest you to discover this wonderful city slowly, in an old fashioned way, visiting it on foot or by public transportation.The local transport service – ATB – offers efficient means of transport in order...

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  • Very easy by train

    Bergamo has its own railway station, in Citta Bassa. From there bus 1A runs regularly and frequently to Citta Alta, so the whole town is easily accessible.So it's entirely possible to get to Bergamo by train from anywhere in Europe. From Milan it's from around 50 minutes, from Verona just under 2 hours, from Venice around 3 hours.As mentioned...

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  • Piedibus

    The Piedibus is not a real bus, but an initiative to walk schoolkids in safe groups through traffic to their schools.

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Bergamo Shopping

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  • Ladies and some mens fashion ; luggage

    Run by Chinese or Indo-Chinese (it is next dor to a Vietnamese delicatessan), open 7 days Outlet Village has mostly ladies' and some mens clothing and accessories at very discounted prices. A few doors down is a similar shop.Useful to know that the basement is full of luggage options of every weight and size Ask the wife! Cheaper than the otehr...

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  • Fresh Bread

    One of the nicest bakery shop at Bergamo is located at Città Alta of Alberto Tresoldi.It's not bread only in this shop; you find some of the best take away pizza's here.

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  • Candy and much more

    The Colleoni, 30has some authentic shops that not seem to have changed in the last decades.The variety of articles is amazing: from candy to toys, from tooth paste to sigartettes.

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Bergamo Local Customs

  • Christmas

    I am so not a Christmas person. Every year I read my primary class 'A Christmas Carol' and every year I feel I could easily outscrooge Scrooge. It's not that I am mean. It's just that I hate the commercialism associated with Christmas, giving and receiving stuff no one wants, eating and drinking till you feel sick, writing cards people throw...

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  • Local Radio

    Radio Number One is the local Bergamo radio station. 104 MHz on your dial or listen to their Internet Stream. Their offices are at Via Camozzi 9 - 24121 Bergamo.

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  • Clean up after your dog

    I saw a lot of dogs at Bergamo. Dogs are being held by all kind of people and the animals are part of the everyday Bergamo life. To keep the city clean it's mandatory to clean up after your dog.

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Bergamo Warnings and Dangers

  • Conkers

    If you happen to be here in late September don't forget to bring your crash helmet.Bergamo has more than its fair share of Horse Chestnut trees which, at this time of year, shed their seeds on the unsuspecting general public below. Don't get me wrong I love Horse Chestnut trees and when I was a schoolboy I loved playing Conkers but there's not much...

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  • Pebbles!

    Many of the paths in the Citta Alta are paved with pebbles. Square cobbles can present their own difficulties (getting stiletto heels stuck between cobbles) but pebbles are even harder as they don't present a flat surface for walking on and, therefore, it is quite easy to twist your ankle.These pebbles also get quite slippery when there is rainy...

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  • What Goes Up Doesn't Necessarily Go...

    ...that night anyway!!On our last night in Bergamo dinner was at Il Sole restaurant in the upper town. I'd had a few pre-dinner beers, a few snifters of wine with dinner and then a few post-prandial beers just to say "bye" to a few people. As a result I was feeling a bit melancholic - HA! - for "melancholic" read "squiffy". So I decided that...

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Bergamo Tourist Traps

  • The botanical garden.

    There were nice flowers and plants when I visited this garden, but I don't think it is worth to climb a long flight of stairs to get to this small and not well look after garden. Some of its parts were a real mess when I went there. You can go to some other park or garden in Bergamo.

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  • Get it cheaper sometimes

    Some places 'hype' their prices during the tourist season, but locals have to live there all the time and the businesses depend on them for all year trade, so sometimes locals get standard rates. Try to learn a bit of the language especially how to order in bars and restaurants as in some very very touristy places, things can become cheaper if...

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  • Ristorante La Bruschetta

    No, no, no, noooooooooooooo ... there is no reason to eat in such an awful place, skip it, go away, forget about it, McDOnalds is by far better than this ugly, dirty, nonsense place.Believe me: do not go there.

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Bergamo What to Pack

  • Things to pack for a trip in October

    From the airport either catch the bus or a taxi, so you don't have to carry your baggage too far. A day sac for carrying your camera, guide book etc COMFY SHOES! the paving can be a bit rough- cobbles etc- In Citta Alta there is plenty to walk around and see, plus plenty of climbing towers etc if you want to. In early October, it was quite sunny,...

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  • Travel lightly

    I always find that with cheap flights being so popular, its quicker through the airports if you just take cabin baggage (As well as being cheaper) but this means travelling very lightly, so take things that have similar colour schemes so you can mix and match to make it look like you have brought lots of clothes. Always remember if travelling...

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  • some things are tough to get hold of in...

    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

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Bergamo Off The Beaten Path

  • Bassa: Explore the Neighbourhoods 5 :...

    Again, I only wandered here because I was seeking suitable restaurants.It's the furthest 'borgo' I explored from Citta Alta and, logically, thus contains fewer buildings of historical interest for me. But even so I found it fascinating. Lots of little bars, cafes and restaurants and 'ordinary' shops. Friendly people too: I got chatting (of a...

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  • Citta Bassa - The "New" City

    Whilst Citta Alta always grabs first dibs as Bergamo's historical and cultural highlight Citta Bassa has its own understated bits of history and culture. Flicking through my photographs from my random wanderings led me to start researching the things that caught my camera eye and I was surprised to find that the "New" city has a documented history...

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  • Tempietto di Santa Croce.

    This small church was probably built around the XI century and was restored in the 1500. I' ve read that inside there are some frescoes dated around 1500-1600 and other painted in the 1800.I think you have to ask the tourist office if you like to visit it inside.It is located next to the south portal of the Santa Maria Maggiore church; in via...

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Bergamo Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling

    Cycling is not so common in Bergamo being a hilly city, but the lower city still is rather flat and outside the major streets it is pretty OK to cycle. Bicycle

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  • Forza Atalanta

    You can usually find Atalanta at the bottom of Serie A or the top of Serie B. It's a good place to enjoy the irrational passion that is football, and it's as good a provincial Italian cultural experience as anything else.The atmosphere is good, especially from the always-packed Curva Nord side of the ground.Cheapest tickets are 6 euro. The obvious...

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  • Atalanta BC madness

    People living in and around Bergamo - especially in the valleys - have a common venue once every fortnight. They gather at the Stadium to watch their beloved team - Atalanta BC. They are one of the hottest supporters in Italy, sometimes known for being violent, but most of the time cheerful and very stuck to their black and blue striped heroes....

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Bergamo Favorites

  • Città Alta

    The town has two centres: "Città alta" (upper city), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 17th century cyclopic defensive walls, and the "Città bassa" (lower city). The two parts of the town are connected by funicular/cable car, roads, and foot-paths (the most convenient being immediately adjacent to the funicular station). Parking spaces are...

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    This is the main square of Upper Bergamo. It is surrounded by various old buildings. One of these is Palazzo della Ragione that was built during the second half of the XII century and rebuilt in the 1500's. It is connected by a bridge and a staircase to the Palazzo del Podestà. This was the seat of the chief magistrate, or governor who ruled...

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  • Città Bassa

    The Biblioteca Tiraboschi library is a modern building and was opened in 2004. It is located at: Via San Bernardino 74 24122 Bergamo Tel: +39-35-399476 Opening hours: Mo-Th: 8:30AM - 7PM Fr: 8:30AM - 10:30PM Sa: 8:30 - 6PM

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