City of Bergamo

A unique city that seems to split into two between a splendid "Alta" part, perched and medieval, and a modern, lively and international part, in the "Bassa" area. It is the city of Bergamo, a historic town in Lombardy and one of the most popular destinations for art lovers and lovers of good food. In Bergamo, the city of Gaetano Donizetti, it will be possible to visit the Accademia Carrara and the Contemporary Art Gallery, among the most extensive museum collections in Italy; access the Adriano Bernareggi Museum, or taste the delicious casoncelli and polenta taragna, real typical dishes of Bergamo. Founded by the Celts on the hill of the Upper Town, Bergamo first passed under Roman rule and then under the control of the Visigoths, then the Huns and finally the Byzantines. In fact there are numerous testimonies in the city that recall the ancient dominations, which radically changed the city's morphology and culture. In the Bergamo tour you can not miss a visit to the oldest area: the Upper Town. Characterized by Venetian walls over 6 km long and 50 m high, interspersed with ramparts, fire and powder spouts, is one of the most evocative of the city and will give the visitor wonderful views of the entire city. Among the recommended visits also the guided tour in the underground Bergamo, among stalactites and ancient cisterns; the Doninzetti theater, where you will be able to attend classical music concerts in an enchanting setting, but also a visit to the Towers (Caduti, Gombito and the Shed) enclosed between the Upper and Lower cities.

Funicular to Città Alta - Bergamo

Funicular to Città Alta - Bergamo (Source: Andrea Pontiggia - CC BY 2.0)

How to reach the province of Bergamo

The city of Bergamo is well connected with the main national and international locations through the airport of "Orio al Serio", a few kilometers from the city center. Also provided efficient connections by train or bus. Reaching the center of Bergamo is in fact easy for travelers coming from Italy or the main European locations.

By plane

The city of Bergamo is easily reachable by air both with flag carriers and low cost. It is possible, in fact, to land comfortably at the "Orio al Serio" airport, which is only 6 km from the city and offers connections to various Italian destinations (Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Crotone, Lamezia Terme, Palermo, Pescara, Trapani) , and European. It is really easy to reach Bergamo Orio al Serio from the city center: the airport can be easily reached by the state road (towards the airport), or by Autostrada towards Crema / Piacenza. Outside the airport you can park your car in paid parking areas specifically dedicated to passengers in transit. To reach the city of Bergamo from the airport of Orio al Serio it is possible to use the "Airport bus" shuttle bus service, with numerous daily services that will take you from the airport to the Bergamo railway station (in one hundred cities). From the airport of Bergamo it is also possible to easily reach the central station of Milan (about 50 minutes), with the bus service. In any case, the fastest and safest way to reach Orio al Serio airport is by booking a transfer service that will pick you up at the arrivals or take you comfortably to the airport. On our web portal you will find the best licensed drivers in the area.

On the train

The Bergamo railway station (Piazza Marconi, 7) is served by Trenitalia , which guarantees direct connections with the main Lombard locations (for Milan around 45 minutes) and with the rest of Italy. Also scheduled are railway lines operated by Trenord with connections to the cities of Lecco, Brescia, Monza and other places in the region.

Bergamo

Bergamo (Source: Thanate Tan - CC BY 2.0)

By Bus

The urban transport of the city of Bergamo is managed by ATB Mobilità which operates the city transport service between 5.30 and 21.00 (on holidays there are less frequent trips). To find timetables, prices and city routes it is advisable to consult the website of the transport company. To reach the historic center by bus from the train station, take the 1A line towards Città Alta. The travel ticket (in 2018) is € 1.30 (for each ride), with a validity of 75 minutes. Conveniently buy a day ticket for € 3.50.

By car

If you plan to spend a few days in the center of Bergamo, the car is probably not the best choice. Much of the historical center of the city is in fact forbidden to cars and access to the Upper City is not allowed to circulate during the weekend.

By bike

The city of Bergamo has an efficient bike sharing service. However, the use of shared bicycles is not easy for short stays: it is in fact necessary to subscribe an annual subscription with a cost of about € 20.

Funicular

The city of Bergamo is served by two funiculars, managed by the ATB company. Scheduled connections to and from the Upper Town and the Lower Town (departure and arrival at Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe and Viale Vittorio Emanuele II).

Piazza Vecchia - Bergamo

Piazza Vecchia - Bergamo (Source: Tom - CC BY ND 2.0)

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