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Bergamo’s youthful vibe—embodied in the city’s third-wave coffee shops and hip boutiques—belies its medieval roots. The atmospheric old town (Città Alta), connected to the modern city below via funicular, is encircled by 16th-century city walls; its compact tangle of winding lanes, pretty squares, and elegant churches and palazzi is easy to tour on foot. Many travelers use Bergamo as a base for exploring nearby A-listers like Lake Como and its villas, Lake Garda and Sirmione, the cities of Verona and Venice, and the Franciacorta wine region.
Bergamo is best known for its città alta, the hilltop upper town. Like many Italian city centers, the città alta is full of cobbled alleys and Renaissance architecture, features that are made even more dramatic by the neighborhood’s hilltop perch and views that stretch to the Alps....More
One or two days is ample time to experience Bergamo; it’s an ideal spot to spend a weekend. Spend one full day visiting the città alta sights and indulging in Lombardy cuisine. On the second day, you can get your coffee and brioche fix before you leave town....More
Bergamo isn’t famous for its food in the same way as Bologna and Modena are, but those who know the city recommend it for hearty mountain-style dishes like polenta, stewed meat, and risotto. Bergamo is also the birthplace of stracciatella gelato!...More
In the winter, amble around the città alta, stopping to hunker down with a hot chocolate or a plate of polenta when you need some warmth. The mountains are just a short drive away, so you can also go skiing at nearby Piani di Bobbio or Colere....More
Eating and drinking aside, there isn’t much to do in the città alta at night. You can admire the nighttime vistas from the Venetian walls or visit the lively Irish pub at the top of the funicular, but if you’re looking for more late-night action, take the funicular to the newer città bassa....More
Yes. If you have time to spend in north Italy, Bergamo is definitely worth visiting, especially if you want to experience a more authentic Italian city where the tourist vibe isn’t overwhelming. The city is also quite close to Milan, Verona, and Venice, making it easy to access....More