Bergamo, in Lombardy, is a place that around 110,000 people call home.
From here it's roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southwest to Milan and 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northwest to Lake Como.
It's difficult to truly understand a place until you know its story; thankfully, Bergamo has carefully preserved some of its most important historic places. Start your journey back in time by spending an hour or two at Rocca and the much-loved Palazzo della Ragione. Palazzo Galliari and Santuario della Beata Vergine Addolorata are also popular stops for insights into bygone days.
For fresh air and relaxation, visit the various popular green spaces of Bergamo. Two of the most popular manicured parks and public gardens for families are Parco dei Colli di Bergamo and the Parco Suardi. Even more flora and fauna can be found at Parco Marenzi and the popular Parco della Rocca e Fauna Orobica.
To experience the cultural side of Bergamo step inside its several thought-provoking galleries and collections. Two of the area’s best attractions are the Adriano Bernareggi Museum and Donizetti Museum. If your time is short, however, don't miss the GAMeC.
Bergamo offers some busy gathering places. Set aside some time to visit Piazza Vecchia, Piazza Matteotti and Piazza Manara and it’ll soon become clear these squares are so adored by Bergamo residents.
Make sure you also entertain the kids on your travels by taking the whole family to at least one of the terrific children’s attractions in Bergamo. Pack a daypack and head to Minitalia Leolandia, Parco Avventura Bergamo and if you have the time, Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle, idyllic days out for mum, dad and the kids.
To shop for local fashion or enjoy a light meal, visit Largo Porta Nuova and Oriocenter. Soak up the atmosphere and browse through the shops at these bustling destinations.
During your walking tour of Bergamo, you can’t miss the historical religious buildings. The Basilica of St. Martin and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore are two of Bergamo’s most popular examples. Enjoy the solemn atmosphere of these special places.
While vacationing in the Bergamo area, make time in your schedule and explore the local botanical gardens to reconnect with nature and see a diverse range of plants. Make the time to learn about the diverse collection of plants in the garden.