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Bergamo

Travel Guide
Bergamo

Go beyond this city’s Venetian walls to see a preserved medieval town and check out the impressive art museums in the lower district.

Bergamo is a historic city with a marvelous Upper Town district in the foothills of the Alps. It offers stunning views of the surrounding Lombardy terrain and an insight into the medieval Venetian influence. Travel through time via the popular funicular that runs between the upper and lower districts.

Walk along the narrow alleys of the Citta Alta (Upper Town) district, within the 16th-century Venetian walls. Visit the impressive Rocca stronghold for 360-degree views incorporating the historic center. Admire the 12th-century Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore that separates the Piazza del Duomo from the Piazza Vecchia.

The Piazza Vecchia is a square where you can see an unspoiled tapestry of Renaissance architecture, with such gems as the Palazzo del Podestà and the Palazzo della Ragione. Enter the impressive Palazzo Nuovo to browse the 16th-century books and manuscripts of the Biblioteca Angelo Mai library. Learn about the city’s intense relationship with music at the Donizetti Museum.

For a change of pace and time period, delve into the modern, lively Lower Town district. Explore the art scene around the Piazza Giacomo Carrara. Here you’ll find the GAMeC modern art gallery opposite the Carrara Academy Gallery, which contains an array of fine arts pieces. Stroll through the residential neighborhoods of this modern part of the city.

A little north of the Upper Town district lies the hilltop Bergamo Botanical Garden. Cross charming streams via wooden bridges and snap photos of the vista that extends as far as the Alps and Milan on clear days.

Bergamo is in the northern part of the Lombardy region in northern Italy. Arrive at Orio al Serio International Airport and ride a bus to the city to get here in about 20 minutes. You can also take a train from Milan, 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest. Use buses and the cable railway to get around the city.

Come to Bergamo to experience a flourishing art scene and a spectacular historic center behind its Venetian walls.

Where to stay in Bergamo

Bes Hotel Bergamo West
Bes Hotel Bergamo West
4 out of 5
Via Fausto Radici 3, Mozzo, BG
The price is $46 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Situated in Mozzo, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ai Colli di Bergamo Golf, Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle, and Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital. Church of the ...
4.3/5Excellent! (358 reviews)
"horrible service, failed aircon, poor toilet condition and charged extra for pets of 15 euros without even informing me!"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Bes Hotel Bergamo West
Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
4 out of 5
Via Padergnone 52, Grassobbio, BG
The price is $82 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Oriocenter and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fiera Campionaria di Bergamo and Kilometro Rosso Science ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (971 reviews)
"Stay was very good apart from a slight misunderstanding regarding the mini bar."

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2020

Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
Mercure Bergamo Centro Palazzo Dolci
Mercure Bergamo Centro Palazzo Dolci
4 out of 5
Viale Papa Giovanni Xxiii 100, Bergamo, BG
The price is $78 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Located in Stazione, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centro Congressi Giovanni XXIII and Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital. Piazza Vecchia and Papa ...
4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
PERFECT
"Very nice"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Mercure Bergamo Centro Palazzo Dolci
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57ResHotel Orio
57ResHotel Orio
Via Europa 4/6, Orio al Serio, BG
The price is $84 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Oriocenter and within 3 mi (5 km) of Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital and Piazza Vecchia. Fiera ...
4.3/5Excellent! (580 reviews)
Miles walk from airport
"Property is about a miles walk from Bergamo arrivals along a joint cycle/foot path that skirts the airport perimeter until about the last 200 meters where you have to walk along the edge of the road with the property visible on your left when you get to the junction on the bend. Checkin was a little ..."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

57ResHotel Orio
Residenza Del Borgo
Residenza Del Borgo
Via Borgo Santa Caterina 41, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo
The price is $88 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in Bergamo, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of GAMeC and Gewiss Stadium. Piazza Vecchia and Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"This was my second visit and the hotel continues to impress me especially the friendly staff and personal service. The rooms are well equipped with a kitchen and everything you would need to self cater. I like the in room breakfast and the lovely fresh baked goods delivered each morning. There is ..."

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Residenza Del Borgo
Domitys Quarto Verde
Domitys Quarto Verde
Via Pinamonte da Brembate 5, Bergamo, BG
The price is $108 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Stazione, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of GAMeC, Rocca, and Piazza Vecchia. University of Bergamo and Oriocenter are also within ...
Domitys Quarto Verde
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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