What to see in Bergamo and surroundings in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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Bergamo is a beautiful city in Lombardy, too often underestimated but with a great tourist and gastronomic attraction. It is divided into the upper city and the lower city, to geographically indicate two areas of the city, which are also distinguished by the more historical and cultural character of one and for being more modern and dynamic the other. Its historic center it is surrounded by Venetian walls (since 2017 they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and has remained intact over the centuries, it is pleasant and comfortable to walk around. Furthermore, a few kilometers from Bergamo, there are interesting places with which to complete the time available to visit this corner of Lombardy.

Here what to see in Bergamo and surroundings in 5 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Bergamo
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Start the day taking the funicular to the upper town (ticket cost € 1,30), then take via Gombito and in a few minutes you will be in Piazza Vecchia, which the architect Le Corbusier called the most beautiful square in Europe. And the heart of the upper town, meeting place for students, citizens and tourists. The most important buildings overlook the square, including Palazzo Nuovo, Palazzo della Ragione (or Palazzo Vecchio) and the Duomo of Bergamo, open every day from 7:00 to 19:00. In the center of the square there is also the Old Fountain, dating back to the th century.

After having lunch at Ristorante Pizzeria Da Franco, with an average cost of € 25,00, go up to the Civic Tower nicknamed "Campanone": it is 52 meters high and from its top you can see all of Bergamo. Not far away is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, with the tomb of the composer Gaetano Donizzetti from Bergamo. Next to the Basilica is the Colleoni Chapel, near the Cathedral of Bergamo with the chapel dedicated to Pope John XXIII. The Chapel is open from March to October from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.30, from November to February from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.30.

Taking via Mario Lupo, you reach piazza Luigi Angelini with its ancient wash house. To end the first day of visiting the city, dinner at Trattoria Tre Torri, where you can taste typical Bergamo dishes with an average cost of € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Vecchia (free), Palazzo della Ragione (free), Bergamo Cathedral (free), Old Fountain (free), Civic Tower (€ 3,00), Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (free), Colleoni Chapel (free) , Piazza Luigi Angelini and wash house (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • walking tour with local guide and funicular ride tour of the Upper Town from Milan
  • Lunch at Ristorante Pizzeria Da Franco (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Tre Torri (Get directions)

2 day

On the second day, stay in the upper city (if you stay in the lower city you will have to take the funicular again for € 1,30) continue the visit of this area of ​​the city.
The walls of Bergamo can be visited and have now become from their original defense function a beautiful walk for citizens and tourists. The rest of the morning you can spend it exploring the alleys of Bergamo Alta and dedicate a few hours at the Civic Archaeological Museum (open: from April to September from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 13.00 and from 14:30 to 18:00, Saturdays and holidays from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00, from October in March from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00, Saturdays and holidays from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:30), near the Visconti Citadel , an ancient fortification in the heart of the city to defend itself from external attacks but also from popular uprisings.

For lunch, stop at Da Mimmo's restaurant, with an average cost of € 30,00.
Dedicate the afternoon to the second museum located in the Citadel, the Natural Science Museum, open at the same times as the Archaeological Civic Museum. Great for spending a few hours, especially with children, discovering all its finds and regional fossils. Admission is included in the ticket for the Archaeological Museum, at a cost of € 3,00.
Moreover, at a short distance there is also theBergamo botanical garden, which gathers around 900 species of plants. Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00 (closing time may vary depending on the month).

Stop for dinner, with a cost of no more than € 40,00, at the Hostaria Restaurant.
After dinner, you can take a last walk towards Porta San Giacomo, one of the most beautiful and particular gates to the city, in pink marble.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 41 min
  • Places visited: Venetian Walls (free), Bergamo Alta alleys (free), Cittadella Viscontea with Civic Archaeological Museum and Museum of Natural Sciences (single ticket € 3,00), Botanical Garden (free), Porta San Giacomo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Bergamo: Private Walking Tour of the Upper Town with Guide
  • Lunch at Da Mimmo (Get directions), Dinner at Hostaria (Get directions)

3 day

On the third day you can dedicate yourself to Lower Bergamo, starting the itinerary from the Accademia Carrara, the art gallery of the city, one of the most important artistic institutions in Bergamo and houses works by artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Mantegna and other famous names of the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. Open from 9:30 to 18:00.
After the visit, reach the elegant Piacentiniano Center (15 minutes on foot, or bus no. 6), which once hosted the ancient city fair. Then proceed along the path of the Sentierone up to via XX Settembre, overlooked by Palazzo Frizzoni, the seat of the municipality. It is the area of ​​the city with boutiques and shops of all kinds, but also alleys with bars and clubs. Along the Sentierone on one side there is the "quadriportico", on the other the city theater, dedicated to the great composer Gaetano Donizetti from Bergamo. On the other side of the street you will find another wide open space: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the center of which is the obelisk dedicated to Napoleon and overlooked by the Torre dei Caduti.

Have lunch at Trattoria Caprese, with an average cost of € 20,00, and then head to the former Church and Hospital of the Maddalena, a complex of buildings dating back to the mid-300s.
A few steps away is the Basilica of San Alessandro in Colonna which rises, according to tradition, on the place where the martyrdom of the saint took place (open every day from 7:00 to 19:00).
Continue observing the monuments dedicated to Garibaldi, the Partisan and the Donizetti Fountain.

For dinner you can choose Taverna Valtellinese, with an average cost of € 30,00, and then continue the evening walking along via XX Settembre, perhaps enjoying an ice cream or indulging in a drink in one of the bars in the area.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 41 min
  • Places visited: Carrara Academy (€ 10,00), Piacentiniano Center (free), the "quadriportico" (free), Piazza Vittorio Veneto (free), former Church and Hospital of the Maddalena (free), Basilica of San Alessandro in Colonna (free) , monument to Garibaldi (free), monument to the Partisan (free), via XX Settembre (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • 2,5 hours private tour of the lower city private walk with guide 2,5 hours private tour of the lower city
  • Lunch at Trattoria Caprese (Get directions), Dinner at Taverna Valtellinese (Get directions)

4 day

About 50 km from Bergamo there is one of the most fascinating lakes in Italy, Lake Iseo, which deserves a day trip. The best way to reach it is by renting a car (from € 30,00 per day), alternatively you can take the train from Bergamo to Brescia and change them taking the direct to Sulzano (total € 7,30, an hour and a half ).

The first stop is the village of Sulzano, chosen by the artist Christo as the starting point for the famous Floating Piers. Before reaching the lake island of Monte Isola with one of the many ferries departing from the marina (round trip € 6,20), enjoy every little glimpse of the main island of Lake Iseo, getting lost in the narrow streets of the old village . you can start the walk right from the marina, along Via Cadorna and admiring the splendid sixteenth-century palaces and gardens on the water. Do not miss even a small street, as you will be able to discover terraces with truly enchanting views of Monte Isola.

As soon as you disembark in Monte Isola, go for lunch at Hostaria Milago, with an average cost of € 35,00.
Peschiera Maraglio is the landing place for those arriving by ferry from Sulzano, and has been named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. There are no real places of interest, since Monte Isola is a kind of open-air museum: ancient streets, palaces and castles overlooking the lake, all without the noise of traffic. We advise you to take a walk of about 3 km, the Path of the Sanctuary of the Madonna, for reach the highest point on the island, where the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola is located. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view across the lake!

Once you get off, take the ferry back to Sulzano and have dinner at Trattoria Cacciatore, with an average cost of € 40,00. Then return to Bergamo by car or by train.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 112 km / 1 h 37 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Sulzano and Lake Iseo (free), Peschiera Meraglio (free), Monte Isola (free), Path of the Sanctuary of the Madonna (free), Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Lunch at Hostaria Milago (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Cacciatore (Get directions)

5 day

Going away another fifty kilometers from Bergamo you can reach the "antagonist" city, or Brescia. Taking the Trenord direct train, you will be at your destination in an hour (€ 4,80).

Start the day by visiting the Santa Giulia Museum. In reality it is a large complex, used as a museum, which tells over 3000 years of the city's history. Given the vastness and richness of the environments, the visit will last about 2 hours. The complex is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 18:00. A few steps away is the Archaeological Park, the largest Roman archaeological complex in Lombardy, which preserves some important buildings of Roman Brescia (same hours as the Museum of Santa Giulia).

Stop for a lunch break at Osteria al Bianchi, which offers typical Brescia cuisine with an average cost of € 25,00.
Begins the afternoon in piazza della Loggia, the most beautiful town square, where Palazzo della Loggia is located, the Clock Tower with its th century astronomical clock accompanied by the Macc dè lé ure (the madmen of the hours), called by the Brescians Tone and Batista, who with their hammer beat against the bell time. In Brescia, there are also two cathedrals, the New Cathedral (summer Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta) and the Old Cathedral (winter co-cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, both in Piazza Paolo VI, absolutely worth visiting!
Before sunset, take a walk of about 10/15 minutes to get to the top of the Cidneo hill, where the Falcone d'Italia, one of the largest and best preserved castles of our country. If you have time, you can also access two museums: the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Museum of Arms.

From the castle you can enjoy a splendid view of the city, especially at sunset. Dinner at Al Fontanone, with an average cost of € 35,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 106 km / 1 h 28 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Museum of Santa Giulia (€ 10,00), Archaeological Park (€ 8,00), piazza della Loggia (free), Duomo Nuovo and Duomo Vecchio (free), Brescia Castle (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Lunch at Osteria al Bianchi (Get directions), Dinner at Al Fontanone (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Bergamo

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Bergamo has a cost of living is quite high. Many of its attractions, however, are free, which allows you to save and use the budget to discover the culinary specialties, which are many and all delicious. By going to Bergamo in the low season, perhaps in winter, you can also save on accommodation. The proximity to the important international airport of orio al serio also makes it a favorite destination as the airport it is served by the main low cost airlines.

  • starting from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • walking tour with local guide and funicular ride private walking tour of the Upper Town with guide traditional food tour
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 425,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bergamo: the climate is temperate, with cold winters and hot summers. The best period is from April to September, if you are not afraid of high temperatures you can choose summer, when many events and festivals are organized - find out more
  • the city center is 6 km away, about 15 minutes, from Orio al Serio airport. It can be reached by ATB buses (single ride € 2,30) or by taxi (€ 12,50). From Milan in about 50 minutes with Trenord (from € 5,50) or with different bus companies (from € 3,30)
  • better to choose the lower part of the city, well connected, modern, with a wide range of clubs and services. The upper part is equally well connected but less accessible by your own vehicle or by train, due to the pedestrian and ZTL areas
  • Getting around: there are 13 urban bus lines active from 5:00 to 23:00 (single ride € 1,30, 10 rides € 11,50, 24-hour ticket € 3,50, 72-hour ticket € 7,00); the tram lines (single ride € 1,30) and the funicular that connects the upper part with the lower part (single ride € 1,30) - find out more

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