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* '''Bed&Breakfast “Guest houses in Bergamo”''', [http://www.guesthouseinitaly.com/Annunci-post/65/posts/1_Accommodation_Rent/0/], B&B in Bergamo and the surrounding area.
 
Elegant and comfortable rooms within walking distance of the most beautiful places in the city.
 
  
 
There are a number of good hotels in the new town (Citta Bassa) - many on Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII (The main street from the station to the funicolare)
 
There are a number of good hotels in the new town (Citta Bassa) - many on Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII (The main street from the station to the funicolare)

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Bergamo [1] is a scenic town in Italy's Lombardy region.

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Understand

Bergamo is a pretty town of some 120,000 people nestling in the foothills of the Alps. Widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty, Bergamo is famous for its wealth of artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. It is a real life tale of two cities: “Città Bassa”, the busy and modern lower city, and "Città Alta", the upper city with its rich heritage of art and history.

Get in

By plane

Bergamo is the location of the Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY) (Phone number: +39035326323), an airport oriented around low-cost airlines. As of July 31 2007, buses to the city are € 1.60 per trip. You can find schedules and route maps on the site of the local mass transit authority. Cabs will take about 15mins and cost around €15 (€21 after 21:00 in the evening)

Note that buses can be both unreliable and not punctual. As of 2006 June the airport is being partly rebuilt and this leads to delays of around 10 minutes for those that are picking up or returning hire cars due to the wait for the hire car shuttle bus.

By train

Note that there is no train station at the airport, you must first get an (unreliable) bus to Bergamo city. From Bergamo city regular trains to Milan, Lecco and Brescia, on to Verona and Venice. You can check schedules and fares on the website of the Italian Railways. There is no left luggage office at the train station, only at the airport. If you are at the airport and your destination is Milan or Venice, just take one of the regular coaches - getting a bus to Bergamo just wastes time.

By bus

Regular buses to Milan. You can check schedules and fares on the website of Autostradale. The trip takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic conditions.

Get around

The town is not large, and most of the sights can be seen comfortably on foot. To get from the Città Bassa up to the Città Alta can be quite tiring on foot, though, due to the steep and winding streets, but there is a funicolare (a kind of tram) linking the two parts of the town. You can see a map of bus routes, schedules and fares on the website of the local mass transit authority (in Italian).

See

  • The Piazza Vecchia - the heart of the old town, displaying a mix of medieval and Renaissance architecture
  • The church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • The Colleoni Chapel (Cappella Colleoni)
  • The Rocca - a walled stronghold which houses a museum
  • The Archeology Museum (Museo Archeologico)
  • The Science Museum (Museo Civico di Scienze)
  • The Donizetti Museum (Museo Donizettiano), Via Arena 9. Devoted to one of Bergamo's most famous sons, the composer Gaetano Donizetti
  • The Accademia Carrara, one of Northern Italy's most important collections of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
  • GAMeC, the city's gallery of modern and contemporary art, which usually hosts several interesting exhibitions.

Do

  • Ride the funicolare from the Città Bassa up to the Città Alta. Easier than walking, and the views on the way up are spectacular.
  • Visit San Vigilio - a small hilltop village that can be reached on foot or by a second funicolare from Città Alta. It offers walks with spectacular views, and a ruined castle.
  • Walk down the quiet narrow streets of the old town.
  • Walk along the city walls for views across Lombardy.
  • Visit one of the several church and art galleries.
  • Stroll in one of the pedestrian streets and enjoy shops and cafes.

Eat

For snacks, a drink or simply the great view, Cafe Funicolare in the city Alta Funicolare station. For lunch or an evening meal try Da Franco Ristorante Pizzeria Via Colleoni 8 Bergamo Alta Telefono 035238565 - closed Mondays or Da Mimmo http://www.ristorantemimmo.com/ - closed Tuesdays - both more than just a Pizzeria. Also worth a look is Il Sole, on the corner of Piazza Vecchia and Via Colleoni. La Bruschetta, in the Citta Bassa, just off Porta Nuova is a good value restaurant/pizzeria in the cellar of a building and worth a mention. Also in the Citta Bassa area "La Ciotola" is a good restaurant/pizzeria near the Mercure hotel.

Drink

  • Il Circolino, (right around the back of the Biblioteca Angelo Maj). Locals here play bocce and drink lanterna (a huge drink made of white wine and campari rosso). * In the Citta Bassa Bobino (piazza della Liberta) is a cool bar/restaurant with a long wine & cocktail list (including Champagne), open from 7.00am - 02.00am daily, except Sundays.

Sleep

There are a number of good hotels in the new town (Citta Bassa) - many on Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII (The main street from the station to the funicolare)

  • Mercure Palazzo Dolce ****
  • Best Western Capello d'Oro ****
  • Excelsior San Marco Hotel ****

and

There are other options. Try Venere.com http://www.venere.com

Get out

Other places of interest around Bergamo

  • The Bergamo area is in the foothills of the Alps, and has a handful of ski resorts within a one-hour drive.
  • Lake Iseo, one of the smallest and less touristy among the Northern Italian lakes.
  • Crespi d'Adda is a planned industrial city between Bergamo and Milan. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List



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