Excursions from Bergamo: the best day trips around Bergamo

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Martí Micolau

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Bergamo is a beautiful city in the heart of Lombardy which, in addition to boasting an interesting historic center, has surroundings that surprise visitors.
Not far from Lake Iseo and Lake Garda, it boasts a wonderful natural park nestled between the valleys; not only that, nearby there are also mountains, spas, and places of extraordinary beauty.
Here the best day trips around Bergamo.


  1. Astino Monastery and former Valmarina Abbey
  2. Franciacorta
  3. Lake Iseo
  4. San Pellegrino Terme
  5. Crespi d'Adda
  6. clusone
  7. Sirmione
  8. Monte Isola
  9. Milan
  10. Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna
  11. Lake Como: Como
  12. Vittoriale degli Italiani
  13. Brescia
  14. Desenzano del Garda
  15. Monza
  16. User questions and comments

1 - Monastery of Astino and former Abbey of Valmarina

Not far from Bergamo are these two ancient monasteries can be visited during a hike or can be reached by car.

The first, lying on the homonymous valley basin that descends from the southern part of the Bergamo hills, was the male seat of the Vallombrosan monks and dates back to 1100.
The monastery of Valmarina, on the other hand, located in the valley of the same name, was an ancient female abbey dating back to 1150 which housed a small community of Benedictine nuns, and today is the seat of the Parco dei Colli di Bergamo.
Both they are well preserved and enjoy a wonderful view.

  • Range: 6,9 km
  • the monastery is 6,9 km by car, following the Sp342. On foot, you start from Largo Colle Aperto (ATB Bergamo Alta bus terminus, bus 8B or 9B) for 2,8 km, about 40 minutes on foot and reach via Astino - Get directions
    From here to the Valmarina complex it is 11 km and by car you have to follow the SS470. If you want to continue on foot, it is 5 km from here, about 1 hour and 10 to via Valmarina - Get directions
  • the monastery of Astino is open from Tuesday to Friday 18: 00-22: 00; Saturday and Sunday 10: 00-22: 00. The former monastery of Valmarina is open for events to be consulted on the official website
  • free

2 - Franciacorta

It's a well-known wine area of ​​Lombardy, is located between Brescia and Bergamo and is the ideal place to take a day trip.
Wine enthusiasts can stroll through the vineyards, visit some of the most famous wineries and taste world-famous labels.
This location is rich in palaces, hamlets and villages rich in history; the main attractions are located between Erbusco, Cazzago San Martino and Borgonato.

Finally, even shopping lovers will find their paradise at the Franciacorta Outlet Village where many shops sell low-cost designer goods, tours start from € 20,00 - book online

  • Range: 42,8 km
  • easily reachable by car by first taking the SPexSS671 towards Milan / Venice and then the A4 towards Venice, Palazzolo exit and then signs for Erbusco (50 Km, duration 50 minutes) - Get directions
    Alternatively, tours depart from Piazza Marconi in Bergamo
  • Tours depart from Bergamo in the morning and last approximately 8 hours
  • tours start from € 49,00 - book online
  • Franciacorta: wine tasting and shopping from Bergamo Franciacorta Outlet Village Shopping Tour

3 - Lake of Iseo

Less than half an hour from the city, this place is ideal if you want to relax, take a boat trip to reach the main lakeside towns or stroll through the historic center of Iseo.
Do not miss Lovere too, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy characterized by medieval alleys, suggestive views and a beautiful square where colorful buildings and the civic tower overlook.

  • Range: 45,1 km
  • Lovere is 45,1 km away and can be reached in 30 minutes by car along the SPexSS671 and the SP53. Alternatively, bus C leaves from via Borgo in Bergamo and arrives in Lovere in 1 hour (€ 4,00) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - San Pellegrino Terme

Thermal town of Val Brembana, it is located on two banks of the homonymous river and is famous for its waters which have renowned properties.
In addition to hosting wellness centers, the city allows you to discover its Art Nouveau villas, such as Villa Speranza which houses the Museum of Natural Sciences and the beautiful Sala dei Putti.
Not only nature lovers cannot get lost the Caves of the Dream rich in stalagmites and stalactites.

  • Range: 23 km
  • is 23 km away and can be reached in 40 minutes by car along the SS470. Alternatively, from Piazza Marconi in Bergamo, the B00260 bus leads to San Pellegrino in 40 minutes - Get directions
  • Villa Speranza is open from Monday to Saturday 10: 00-12: 00/14: 30-17: 00
  • free

5 - Crespi d'Adda

It is a village that came built between '800 and' 900 by the Crespi family next to its own textile building, in an isolated position within a lowland bordered by the Adda and Brembo rivers.
The idea was to create a miniature city for its employees and their families and a perfect architectural ensemble was built in the period of modern industry.

Today it is possible to visit this place which is still largely inhabited and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, taking part in organized excursions that illustrate the charm of this residential area, or on your own.

  • Range: 18 km
  • it is 18 Km away and can be reached by the A4 motorway, Capriate exit and then following the signs (20 minutes) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Clusone

Small town in the Seriana Valley where it is possible to admire beautiful Renaissance palaces and loggias.
The town is nicknamed "painted city" because the corners of the streets, the walls of the houses, the interiors of the churches and buildings are finely frescoed and decorated.

The flagship of this location is the planetary clock located on the civic tower built by Piero Fanzago, mathematician and mechanic.
Also worth seeing is the basilica which is located in a panoramic position from which the entire village can be seen.

  • Range: 33,5 km
  • it is 33,5 km away and can be reached by car in 50 minutes along the Sp35 and SPexSS671. Alternatively, from Piazza Marconi in Bergamo the S00190 bus leads to Clusone in 1 hour (€ 4,00) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Sirmione

Not too far from Bergamo, is the pearl of Lake Garda. The small village, once a holiday resort of the Romans, is enclosed within the walls that once served as a shelter.
We suggest you visit the Scaligero castle, from whose towers a beautiful panorama opens up, stroll through the characteristic alleys of the historic center, and arrive (on foot or by train) to the caves of Catullus, the ancient Roman residence where the famous poet spent his holidays.

If you have time, take a speedboat around the peninsula or relax on one of the town's beaches.

  • Range: 87,6 km
  • it is 87,6 km away and can be reached by car in 1 hour and 10 minutes along the A4 towards Venice, exit Sirmione. By train to Desenzano del Garda in 1 hour and 30 (€ 7,00) and then by bus to Sirmione (20 minutes, € 2,00) - Get directions
    Alternatively there are several tours
  • the castle is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 8: 30-19: 30, Sunday 8: 30-13: 30. The Grottoes of Catullus from Tuesday to Saturday at 8: 30-19: 30. Holidays at 9: 30-18: 30
  • entrance to the castle € 6,00; entrance to the caves € 8,00; the tour costs around € 70,00 - book online
  • Verona and Sirmione: full-day tour from Bergamo Sirmione: Scaliger Castle and Grotto of Catullus tour

8 - Monte Isola

Although this islet is located on Lake Iseo and can be visited during an excursion to the lake, we suggest you dedicate a day to this largest lake island in Europe.
You can decide whether to visit it on foot or by bicycle, in both cases you will enjoy a landscape characterized by fields of olive trees and vineyards that line the water.

Do not miss the Martinengo fortress, the sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola, Sensole and Peschiera Meriglio two small fishing villages.
And conclude your trip by tasting the excellent fish dishes of the area.

  • Range: 45,3 km
  • the best way to reach it is to get to Lovere (44 Km, 1 hour) or Sarnico (32 Km, 40 minutes) by car and from there take the ferry (from € 2,00) - Get directions
    Alternatively, ferries also depart from Sulzano, Sale Marasino, Iseo and Tavernola
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Milan

Not far from Bergamo is the Lombard capital which is definitely worth visiting in one day.
It is a city with a lot to offer, you can start the tour by discovering Piazza Duomo, admiring the luxurious shop windows of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, along the roads that lead to the Ladder and to the beautiful Castello Sforzesco, with its beautiful park.

Do not miss the visit of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper", one of the most precious masterpieces of our artistic heritage.
In this city there is always so much to discover, art, history, fashion and everyone can experience the attractions they prefer.

  • Range: 50,3 km
  • is 50,3 km away and can be reached by car in 50 minutes along the A4 towards Milan, exit A51 Tangenziale Est. By train to Milano Centrale station, 48 minutes (€ 7,00) - Get directions
  • the cathedral is open all week at 8: 00-19: 00; the Last Supper except Mondays at 8: 15-19: 00 - for more info: Visit to the sforzesco castle in Milan - Visit to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan - What to see at the Museum of the Last Supper - Visit to the Duomo of Milan
  • entrance to the cathedral € 2,00; entrance to the cenacle € 10,00
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Milan Cathedral and Terraces: Milan Entrance Ticket: Last Supper Guided Tour

10 - Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna

The lake is world famous for its villas and beautiful gardens.
Starting from Bergamo, one arrives first in Bellagio, the small fishing village overlooking the shores of Lake Como which thanks to its position allows you to see the peaks of the Grigne, the Grignone and Grignetta and the Alps. We then suggest a visit to the beautiful Villa Melzi, with its fantastic gardens.

With a ferry you can reach Varenna, the village characterized by colorful houses where there are also the ruins of the castle of Vezio, one of the most beautiful in the Lario, reachable through the "Lovers' walk".

  • Range: 63,7 km
  • Bellagio is 63,7 km from Bergamo and can be reached by car in 1 hour and 30 minutes along the SP34 and then the SP56, directions Lecco - Get directions
    Frequent return ferries from Bellagio to Varenna (€ 4,60) - buy online
  • Villa Melzi is open from March to October 9: 30-18: 30; Vezio Castle open from November to March 10 am-00pm
  • Villa Melzi € 6,50; Vezio castle € 4,00
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Lake Como: Varenna Bellagio and tour of the villas by boat

11 - Lake Como: Como

The town located on the shores of the lake of the same name is waiting to be discovered.
Its historic center is characterized by beautiful squares (Cavour, Alessandro Volta and San Fedele), historic buildings, the cathedral, charming villas and ancient walls dating back to the th century.

  • Range: 56,1 km
  • is 56,1 km away and can be reached by car in 1 hour and 12 minutes along the A4, A36 and A9 Como / Chiasso - Get directions
    Alternatively, trains with change in Milano Centrale take 1 hour 48 min, approximately € 12,00
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Lake Como: sightseeing tour from Como Lake Como, St. Moritz and Bernina Express: 1 day tour

12 - Vittoriale degli Italiani

It is located in Gardone Riviera on Lake Garda.
This complex it includes various buildings, an open-air theater, gardens and waterways it dates back to 1921 and Gabriele d'Annunzio lived here for some time.

The immense villa, now considered a real museum, is located in panoramic position a few kilometers from the lake and the town of Salò.
After spending the right time to discover the building, you can also visit the small village of Gardone Riviera or the nearby Salò.

  • Range: 84,3 km
  • it is 84,3 km away and can be reached by car in 1 hour and 12 minutes along the A4, exit Brescia Est towards Salò, Lake Garda - Get directions
  • estate 9:00-19:00; inverno 9:00-16:00
  • € 16,00

13 - Brescia

It is nicknamed the lioness of Italy, it is a beautiful city, not too large and can be visited in a day.
In addition to being easily accessible, it offers a rich and noteworthy cultural heritage.
You can start from piazza del Foro, with the ancient Capitolium, the Roman temple dating back to 73 AD and from here move to the neighbor museum of Santa Giulia which hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Another strong point of the city is the historic center with the important Piazza della Loggia, where the beautiful building of the same name is located e Piazza Paolo VI which houses the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral.
With a walk you reach the ancient castle overlooking Brescia where you can enjoy a good coffee or an aperitif.
And finally car and motor enthusiasts they cannot miss the interesting museum of the Millemiglia divided into 9 sections.

  • Range: 49 km
  • by car following the A4 towards Venice exit Brescia Centro (49 Km, 1 hour; by regional train it takes 55 minutes - € 7,00 - Get directions
  • Santa Giulia museum: Tuesday to Friday 9: 00-17: 00; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9: 00-18: 00;
    Mille Miglia museum from 10: 00-18: 00 every day
  • Santa Giulia museum € 10,00; Mille Miglia museum € 8,00
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Authorized 3-hour Segway PT tour in Brescia

14 - Desenzano del Garda

Quiet town on the shores of Lake Garda Bresciano, is ideal for a day trip from Bergamo.
You can start your visit from the lakefront and from the historic center where the pier and the Old Port are located, surrounded by bars and restaurants where you can sit and have a drink in the sun.

Archeology enthusiasts can then visit the "Roman Villa" which is also located in the center where beautiful mosaics of what were once thermal baths have been found.
Nearby is also the Rambotti archaeological museum, inside a beautiful convent where numerous finds are exhibited.
Finally, the suggestion is to go up to the upper part of the town where there is the small but pretty Piazza Garibaldi and the beautiful castle from which you will enjoy a splendid panorama.

  • Range: 77,8 km
  • by car following the A4 towards Venice, Desenzano del Garda exit (77,8 Km, 1 hour and 20; the regional train takes 1 hour 20 minutes, € 9,00 - Get directions
  • castle: summer, 9: 30-13: 00/16: 30-19: 30, closed on Mondays; spring / autumn 10: 00-12: 30/15: 18, closed on Mondays; winter Saturday and Sunday 10: 00-12: 30/15: 00-18: 00. Villa Romana: summer 08: 30-19: 30, closed on Mondays; winter from Tuesday to Saturday 8: 30-17: 00, Sunday until 14:00. Rambotti Museum: Tue-Thu 9: 00-13: 00; Fri-Sun 9: 30-12: 30/14: 30-19: 00
  • castle € 3,00; Roman Villa € 4,00; Rambotti museum € 3,00

15 - Monza

Beautiful and noble town between Bergamo and Milan, seat of the Villa Reale, a real neoclassical style palace built to be the private residence of the Habsburgs. The frescoed rooms that often also host interesting exhibitions are beautiful.
Outside there is the rose garden and not far away the immense park of Monza.
In 20 minutes you can reach the historic center where it is located the cathedral and the chapel of Queen Teodolinda and the museum and treasury of the cathedral.
In your trip you cannot miss a visit to Arengario Palace the old town hall which often hosts photographic exhibitions.
End the day by stopping on the Ponte dei Leoni, an evocative and historic place in the city.

  • Range: 39,1 km
  • by car following the A4 towards Milan, exit Monza (39,1 km, 46 min); the train to Milano Lambrate takes 47 minutes (€ 5,00) from here to Monza takes 15 min (€ 3,00) - Get directions
  • Villa Reale from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-00pm; Cathedral Museum and Treasury 19: 00-9: 00/13: 00-14: 00, closed on Mondays
  • Villa Reale € 19,00; Duomo Museum € 8,00
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Monza Segway Tour Segway tour of Monza and Brianza Park

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