Bergamo Travel Guide

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Bergamo Things to Do

  • Piazza Vecchia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Basilica S. Maria Maggiore

    5 out of 5 stars

    'The left-hand transept porch' doesn't sound like a very exciting title, does it? But, believe me, spending a few minutes having a close look at the left-hand porch of Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore will more than repay your efforts. The left-hand transept porch, like the one on the opposite side of the church, was designed by Giovanni da Campione...

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  • Citta Alta

    The historic laundry in the Upper city is near to the Gombito Tower. It was built in the XIX century and it was used till the '50es. Now it is one of the most typical place in the Upper City of Bergamo.

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Bergamo Hotels

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Bergamo Restaurants

  • La Bruscetta

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We had a party of seven and we were seated at an outside table. One the plus side it was nice as there was a good atmosphere but being next to the street it was a little noisy. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was fairly priced. I liked the langoustino that stared at me before I ate him. It was part of the seafood platter.

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  • The Toucan Irish Bar

    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...

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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...

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Bergamo Nightlife

  • Great happy hour!

    Happy hour can be enjoyed at many of the bars around Bergamo. Vox is located on Via Papa Giovanni XXIII and, therefore, is enjoyed by many of the hotel guests from the hotels located on that road; it is located next door to the Mercure Palazzo Dolci.We called in on a couple of evenings to enjoy an early drink during Happy Hour (usually lasting from...

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  • 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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Bergamo Transportation

  • Get better value

    There is a little known ticket which costs 7 euro and allows you 72 hours transport on all the buses, including the airport transfer coach, along with the funicular up to Citta Alta and San Viglilio, as well as the tram from Bergamo to Albino. Ask for it on arrival at the airport information desk and bus ticket office as they sell the bus tickets,...

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  • Bus to Bergamo from the airport

    It is very, very easy to get to Bergamo from Orio al Serio airport.The frequent 1A airport bus (on the display at the front of the bus there is a little icon of a plane next to the 1A) runs from outside Arrivals to Bergamo railway station and then, usually, through the lower town (Citta Bassa) and upwards to the upper town (Citta Alta).You can buy...

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  • Bus 1A

    This useful bus service runs frequently from Bergamo station up to Largo Colle Aperto in Citta Alta.On the way it stops at Largo Porta Nuova (by the Semperione), at the Bassa funicular station and near to the Porta Sant Agostino on Viale Vittorio Emmanuale ll (and a couple of other stops too).If you buy a 1 or 3 day ticket you can use it on local...

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Bergamo Shopping

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  • Mushrooms

    I came across this mushroom shop in Città Alta.I tried to find the details of this shop, but that was in vain.I was amazed by the variety and shapes of the mushrooms; they must make great soups and tasteful dishes. Mushrooms

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  • More fresh bread

    Panificio Sana Di Sana is a small bakery with great fresh bread and a lot of othere special baked products (like cakes).They also sell Gluten-free products.The business is open during shopping hours.

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  • Torta di Donizetti.

    This ring shaped cake was created by Alessandro Balzer (see Balzer confectionery in upper Bergamo) in 1948 to commemorate hundred years from the death of Donizetti.There is also a legend about this cake. It is said that Donizetti was having a meal with another music composer; Rossini. He ordered his cook to make a cake as a consolation for...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Barbiere

    Hairdressers are virtual in every street of Bergamo.When you need a quick cut, it should not be too much trouble to find a hairdresser waiting for you.I also have seen shops with wigs and hair extensions.

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Bergamo Warnings and Dangers

  • Squat toilets....no longer!

    2016 update:The toilets in the Citadella, Citta Alta have been modernised. They are no longer the 'squat' type but ordinary toilets. And there's a shower as well....and rows of whizzy, brand-new automatic left luggage lockers! But the pleasant and courteous gentlemen are still there, and it still costs 30 cents to use the toilets.I have found three...

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  • Pavement

    Bring good walking shoes for your Bergamo hikes. The pavement can be very uneven at places.Also due to the fact the city is build on plateaus of the hill, (rain)water will flow at unexpected locations, making the pavement slippery.

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  • Rodents

    There are rodents at Bergamo, but they are being chased at.I saw dead ones on the public pavement and also I saw the traps at public waste bins.It's a sign of more than enough food being present in the city.

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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

  • Alta: Walk the Rocca

    The Rocca (a slightly raised area towards the edge of Citta Alta's hill) is where Bergamo's Roman Capitol almost certainly stood. Its defences were increased and improved during the 1300s but the main reason for visiting this site is the views over Citta Bassa, Citta Alta and the surrounding hills and countryside. They are truly wonderful.The...

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  • Bergamo's wildlife

    You have to be patient to see the Bergamo wildlife, but it's there!We had to go even higher than Città Alta to find some small lizards going up and down the walls along the hill path. I cannot recall seeing much birds at Bergamo.

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  • Bassa: Explore the neighbourhoods 3:...

    Borgo Canale is, I think, also one of the first 'extensions' of Citta Alta. in fact I suspect it is older than Borgo Pignolo. You access it from Largo Colle Aperto, walking through the Porta San'Alessandro and onward past the San Virgilio funicular station.I didn't explore the area great deal, merely wandering through on my way to finding the...

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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 General

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  • Città Alta

    There are some potable water tap points in town for the thirsty visitor. These taps are certainly welcome to the visitors, as exploring the city walking means some climbing. Combined with the outside temperature it makes you thirsty.

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    This is the main square in 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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