Often we are so focused on finding new destinations for our travels that we forget to live in the most beautiful country in the world, rich in cities, villages and landscapes that constitute an artistic, cultural and naturalistic heritage unique in the world. The beauties of Lombardy they are too often forgotten, when instead they are multiple, accessible, suitable for one or more day trips and for the whole family.
One of the cities that holds some amazing surprises is Bergamo. Famous for its international airport, the Lombard city is structured on two levels: the Upper Town, surrounded by walls today UNESCO heritage, where the ancient heart of Bergamo is enclosed and the Lower Town, more modern, where commercial and industrial activities are concentrated. Our one day itinerary in Bergamo, will therefore develop in the upper city. Follow us!
- One day itinerary in Bergamo: Morning
- One day itinerary in Bergamo: Afternoon
- One day itinerary in Bergamo: Evening
- User questions and comments
One day itinerary in Bergamo: Morning
1 - Piazza Vecchia
Reached the center of the Upper Town with the Funicolare, go to do breakfast at Pasticceria Cavour, in Via Gombito 7, a historic café that has been present in Bergamo since 1880, with an average cost of € 7,00. The Upper Town is none other than a small medieval village enclosed by the famous walls, a UNESCO heritage site. The first stop is Piazza Vecchia, defined by the architect Le Corbusier as "the most beautiful square in Europe". The most significant historical buildings of Bergamo overlook this square: Palazzo Nuovo, Palazzo della Ragione (or Palazzo Vecchio), the Civic Tower (or "Campanone") and the Duomo. New Palace it houses inside the Angelo Mai Civic Library since 1768, which holds over 600.000 volumes, 200.000 incunabula and more than 16.000 manuscripts, making it one of the most important libraries in the whole country.
2 - Palazzo della Ragione and Civic Tower
Il Palazzo della Ragione, dating back to the period between 1183 and 1198, welcomes you with its open gallery which holds a surprise: on the pavement it is possible to distinguish symbols, names of the months and some lines. These signs are part of the sundial (or sundial) installed in the th century. This tool indicates not only the coordinates of the point where it is located, but also the height above sea level and, of course, the time. The last attraction of the square is the Civic Tower that, every evening at 22 pm, chimes 100 times. This is the ancient ritual which, in medieval times, warned citizens of the imminent closure of the four city gates. It is possible to climb to the top of the 52 meters of the Tower to admire all of Bergamo from above.
- Distance traveled: 300 m / 4 min
- Places visited: Piazza Vecchia (free), Palazzo Nuovo (Angelo Mai Civic Library) (free), Palazzo della Ragione (free), Civic Tower (€ 3,00)
- Guided excursion of Bergamo Alta
- Where to have breakfast: Cavour pastry shop, via Gombito 7
One day itinerary in Bergamo: Afternoon
1 - Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
For lunch we recommend the Lalimentari restaurant, which is located right in Piazza Vecchia at number 12, where you can taste typical flavors of the famous and appreciated Bergamo cuisine with an average cost of about € 25,00. Not far away it is possible to see the imposing silhouette of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, from the th century, one of the most valuable examples of the Lombard-Romanesque architectural style as for the outside, inside it is in Baroque style. Inside you can visit the tomb of Gaetano Donizetti, composer from Bergamo. A gate divides the building from the Colleoni Chapel, from the Renaissance period, the mausoleum of the Italian leader.
2 - Cathedral and medieval wash house
Right next to the Basilica is the Cathedral of the city, dedicated to Sant'Alessandro. Of fascinating beauty, the religious building houses the Chapel of the Crucifix, as well as important paintings including the Martyrdom of San Giovanni Vescovo by Giambattista Tiepolo. A tribute to the Pope from Bergamo, San Giovanni XXIII could not be missing: the chapel dedicated to him contains its relics, such as the chest that housed his body, the tiara and some personal items. Once out of the Duomo, along via Mario Lupo and reaching piazza Luigi Angelini, you will find a ancient wash house still perfectly preserved. Built in the late nineteenth century and in use until the fifties, this wash house received water from the Bondo Pestello pipeline and for years was one of the few sources of running water in the Upper Town.
- Distance traveled: 350 m / 4 min
- Places visited: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (free), Colleoni Chapel (free), Duomo (free)
- Where to have lunch: Lalimentari restaurant, piazza Vecchia 12
One day itinerary in Bergamo: Evening
1 - Upper Town or Venetian Walls and dinner
To end the day in Bergamo you have two alternatives, both very suggestive: aimless walk in the alleys of the Upper Town, dedicating yourself to shopping and fully enjoying the atmosphere of the city or long walk the Venetian Walls of Bergamo, recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
At the end of one or the other activity, you can return to the table having dinner at Antica Hosteria del Vino Buono, in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe 25, for an average cost of € 30,00 per person.
- Distance traveled: 1 km / 15 min
- Places visited: alleys of the Upper Town (free) or Venetian walls (free)
- Where to dine: Antica Hosteria del Vino Buono, Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe 25
Before leaving: useful tips
- Parking and roads: one of the problems that afflicts medieval cities, but also most of the Italian capitals, is parking and the ZTL. We advise you to look for via Antonio Rosmini, which is located outside the ZTL, where there are white stripes. From here it is possible to reach the Funicular in less than 5 minutes to go up to the Upper Town.
- Climate and temperatures: Bergamo has a generally temperate but humid climate in all seasons. Summers are very hot, but the proximity to the mountains allows the city to avoid winter fog and summer heat. The best time to visit the city is therefore spring or early autumn. In any case, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.
- If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for accommodation in Bergamo
What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up
- Accademia Carrara. It is a very interesting art gallery in itself, perhaps more suitable for a specific visit by art lovers.
- Lower Bergamo. Even the Lower Town reserves some surprises, less interesting than the ancient village, to be reserved for a second visit.