What to see in Bergamo and surroundings in 7 days

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Bergamo is a surprising and interesting city, with a respectable artistic and cultural heritage, a mouth-watering gastronomic tradition and other attractions just a few kilometers away. It is divided into the upper city and the lower city: the first is the oldest part of the city and the most interesting from a tourist point of view, the second includes everything that is outside the walls. Here too there are points of interest that deserve to be seen, but I will tell you about them in another moment.

Here what to see in Bergamo and surroundings in 7 days.


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

1 day

Go up to the Upper Town with the funicular, stroll through its streets and reach the first stop of the day, the Donizetti Museum, dedicated to the composer from Bergamo (Tue-Fri 9: 30-13: 00; Saturday and holidays 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00).

After the visit, which will last almost all morning, have lunch at the Pozzo Bianco Pub (average cost € 20,00).
Just 500 meters starts the beautiful walk over the Venetian walls, about 5 km long and always accessible. It is an unmissable point of interest, one of the symbols of Bergamo and a Unesco world heritage site.
From here you can also admire a beautiful panorama of the city, your gaze will reach as far as Milan. At the end of the walls there is waiting for you Porta San Giacomo, one of the most beautiful access gates of the city walls. It was built in 1592 in pinkish white marble.

Dinner in Bergamo is a tourist experience equivalent to visiting a museum, so we recommend the Hostaria Restaurant, with an average cost of € 40,00. Continuing the taste experience, after dinner you can go to the "La Marianna" pastry shop, where the ice cream flavor of "stracciatella" was created.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Donizetti Museum (€ 3,00), Walls of the Upper Town (free), Porta San Giacomo and La Marianna (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 67,00
  • private walking tour of the Upper Town with guide walking tour with local guide and funicular ride
  • Lunch at Pub Pozzo Bianco (Get directions), Dinner at Hostaria Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

The second day will also be dedicated to exploring the upper part of the city, the first stop is the Civic Archaeological Museum (April-September 9: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00, Saturdays and holidays 10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 00-18: 00; October-March until 17:00, Saturday and holidays until 17:30 pm; always closed on Mondays), whose entrance ticket also includes a visit to the Natural Science Museum. Here you can learn about the most important archaeological discoveries of the Bergamo area.

For lunch we recommend the Lalimentari restaurant (average cost of € 25,00).
Your next stop is there Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Sun 9: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00; Mon-Sat 8: 30-12: 30 and 14: 30-18: 00), a beautiful example of Romanesque-Lombard architecture with Baroque-style interiors . A few steps from the basilica is the Bergamo Cathedral (Mon-Fri 7: 30-12: 00 and 15: 00-18: 30, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 7: 00-18: 30), also known as the Cathedral of Sant'Alessandro, patron saint of the city.

Before going to dinner at the Dispensa di Arlecchino (average cost of € 40,00), reach the "Campanone", the civic tower located in the old square (Tue-Fri 9: 30-13: 00 and 14:30 -18: 00, Saturdays and holidays 9: 30-18: 00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: Civic Archaeological Museum and Museum of Natural Sciences (€ 3,00), Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (free), Duomo (free), Campanone and Palazzo del podestà (€ 5,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • traditional food tour
  • Lunch at Lalimentari (Get directions), Dinner at La Dispensa di Arlecchino (Get directions)

3 day

The third day of the visit is dedicated to the lower city, starting with the Ex Church and Hospital of the Maddalena, ancient buildings that date back to the mid-fourteenth century. The building is only open for events and exhibitions but, through the gate, it is possible to see what remains of the frescoes in the cloister.
A short distance away you will find the Basilica of Sant'Alessandro in Colonna (every day 7: 00-19: 00), where it is said that the saint's martyrdom took place.

For a change, today lunch at Trattoria Caprese, with an average cost of € 30,00.
If the Upper Town has Piazza Vecchia as its reference, its correspondent in the lower part is Piazza Matteotti. A meeting place for young people from Bergamo, full of shops and clubs.
Visit then the Colleoni Chapel, to reach it you have to go again to the upper town by cable car (Mar-Oct every day 9: 00-12: 30 and 14: 00-18: 30; Nov-Feb until 16:30; closed on Mondays) .

Throw back into the Bergamo cuisine at Al Donizetti, with an average cost of € 40,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,5 km / 37 min
  • Places visited: Church and Hospital of La Maddalena (free), Basilica of San Alessandro in Colonna (free), Piazza Matteotti (free), Colleoni Chapel (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 7,00
  • 2,5 hour private tour of the lower city with guide
  • Lunch at Trattoria Caprese (Get directions), Dinner at Al Donizetti (Get directions)

4 day

The first stop on the fourth day in Bergamo is theAccademia Carrara, in the lower part of the city (every day 9: 30-17: 30). Established in 1794, it is a picture gallery with works by artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Mantegna and many others.

For lunch, choose Goss Grill Burger, with an average cost of € 25,00 per person.
Not far away is the famous Piacentiniano Center, the center of contemporary Bergamo, an architectural complex that was originally the site of the town fair. Today it hosts, all year round, typical stalls, events and demonstrations. From here starts the famous Sentierone, the considered pedestrian avenue the heart of lower Bergamo, one of the most important routes both for catering and for the presence of commercial activities. Continue on the Sentierone until via XX Settembre to continue your shopping, among modern shops and some typical shops where you can find traditional products and souvenirs of your trip.

For dinner, stop by Ristorante dal Carlo, with an average cost of € 30,00. After dinner, stay in this area as it is the richest in clubs and pubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 25 min
  • Places visited: Carrara Academy (€ 10,00), Piacentiniano Center (free), Sentierone (free), Via XX Settembre (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 102,00
  • Lunch at Goss Grill Burger (Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante dal Carlo (Get directions)

5 day

Only 48,7 km from Bergamo is its "rival" city, Brescia. Like Bergamo, it is a city still not very present on the classic itineraries but with great artistic, historical and cultural value. Take one of the many regional trains that will take you to your destination in about an hour (return ticket € 9,60).

The first stop once arrived in Brescia is the complex of Santa Giulia and San Salvatore, (until 15 June Tue-Fri 9: 00-17: 00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9: 00-18: 00; from 16 June to 13 September Tue-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10: 00-19: 00) an important museum center. Not far from Santa Giulia there is the Archaeological park, the largest archaeological complex in Lombardy (same now as the complex of Santa Giulia).

For lunch, choose the Osteria al Bianchi, with an average cost of € 25,00.
In the afternoon stroll through the center, from piazza della Loggia, dominated by the clock tower, passing through Piazza della Vittoria and arriving at the one dedicated to Paul VI and it is the heart of the city. Then discover the New Cathedral and the Old Cathedral (every day 9: 00-12: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00).
We advise you to then reach the top of the Cidneo hill where the Castle stands, one of the largest and best preserved fortresses in all of Italy. Admission is free (Tue-Sat 9: 00-17: 00) and, especially at sunset, from the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city.

For dinner we recommend the Chalet Castello Brescia, with average prices starting from € 35,00

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 106 km / 1 h 28 min by car including travel from / to Bergamo
  • Places visited: complex of Santa Giulia and San Salvatore (€ 10,00), Archaeological park (€ 8,00), Church of Santa Maria della Carità (free), piazza della Loggia (free), piazza della Vittoria (free), piazza Paolo VI (free), New Cathedral and Old Cathedral (free), Brescia Castle (€ 5,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 87,00
  • Authorized 3-hour Segway PT tour in Brescia
  • Lunch at Osteria al Bianchi (Get directions), Dinner at Chalet Castello Brescia (Get directions)

6 day

About 50 km from Bergamo there is one of the most popular Lombard lakes, the Lake Iseo. The small village of Sulzano will be your destination for the fifth day, it can be reached in about 50 minutes with the A4 motorway or by train, arriving first in Brescia and then taking the train to Edolo.

Sulzano is the village chosen by the artist Christo as a starting point for the famous Floating Piers installation, you can spend part of the morning wandering through its narrow streets.There is a nice walk that starts from the small port and develops along via Cadorna. Ferries leave from the small port (departures from Mon to Fri from 7:10 am to 19:00 pm every 20 minutes) that will take you to Peschiera Maraglio, the landing place on Monte Isola, the lake island symbol of Lake Iseo. It is a perfect destination for those seeking tranquility, silence and unforgettable views.

A lake view lunch is what you need, we recommend Hostaria Milago for this (€ 35,00).
If you are an athletic type and don't want to miss anything about the lake island, you can think about going as far to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola (always open) with a small excursion.

Back on the mainland, you can enjoy a good pirlo (typical aperitif of the area) with a lake view in one of the bars in the village, and then dine at the Trattoria Cacciatore, with an average cost of € 35,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 111 km / 1 h 35 min by car including travel from / to Bergamo
  • Places visited: village of Sulzano (free), Peschiera Maraglio and Monte Isola (free), Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Lunch at Hostaria Milago (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Cacciatore (Get directions)

7 day

Less than 100 km from Bergamo is located a unique Italian archaeological heritage, the rock engravings of the Camonica Valley. To reach the Naquane engravings park (one of the many, the most suitable for a day trip from Bergamo, it is open every day 8: 30-16: 30). We recommend reaching the place by car, in about an hour.

Choose one of the 5 routes into which the park is divided, are distinguished by different colors. We recommend the orange one (with the fantastic rock n.1) or the blue one, as they draw a more or less circular route and will allow you to see the main attractions.

Then go to Capo di Ponte (BS) and have lunch at Ristorante La Pieve (€ 30,00).
Then go to the discovery of the town, starting with some beautiful Romanesque churches such as the Pieve di San Siro and the Monastery of San Salvatore. The first is located on the other bank of the Oglio river on top of a cliff, the second just outside the town of Capo di Ponte.

Get back in the car and stop at Pisogne, on Lake Iseo. After a panoramic aperitif on the lake, before returning to Bergamo, you can dine at La Curt Restaurant (€ 40,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 156 km / 2 h 30 min by car including travel from / to Bergamo
  • Places visited: National Park of Rock Engravings of Naquane (€ 6,00), Pieve di San Siro and Monastery of San Salvatore (the first is open for free in summer, to visit the second you need to contact the Pro Loco for an extraordinary opening, € 15,00 per group for the single church or € 20,00 if you combine both churches), Pisogne (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 110,00
  • Lunch at La Pieve Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at La Curt Restaurant (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Bergamo

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

The proximity to an important international airport served by the main low cost airlines makes Bergamo a destination that can be reached with a low budget for flights. Like all Lombard cities, however, it can be quite expensive in other respects, but with a few tricks you can considerably reduce costs.

Public transport, especially regional trains, are quite efficient and cheap, the abundance of tourist facilities for overnight stays makes the choice more agile, wanting to stay within the budget. Also as regards food, the many taverns and trattorias offer tourist menus complete with everything with average prices that are not too high.

  • starting from € 74,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • walking tour with local guide and funicular ride 3,5 hour traditional food tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 624,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bergamo: temperate but humid climate all year round, with very hot summers but mitigated by the proximity to the mountains. The recommended periods are spring or early autumn - find out more
  • orio al serio Airport is 6 km from the center (15 min), reachable by ATB buses (single ride € 2,30) or by taxi (around € 12,50). From Milan you can arrive in about 50 minutes with Trenord trains with prices starting from € 5,50 or with the different bus companies starting from € 3,30
  • better to stay in the lower part, more modern and well connected. The upper part, also well connected, is less accessible if you arrive by car or train due to the numerous pedestrian areas and ZTL
  • Getting around: the city is served by 13 bus lines operating from 5:00 to 23:00 (single ride € 1,30; 10 rides € 11,50; 24-hour ticket € 3,50; 72-hour ticket € 7,00). There are also 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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