Bergamo

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Bergamo

Bergamo is famous for its clear division into two parts: the modern lower part and the higher walled upper part on top of a hill. Our holiday in Bergamo tells the story of the city through its buildings, boroughs and squares, as well as through the beauty of its churches that showcase art from different periods. An ancient city made for walking, it's lovely to stroll amidst its attractions, but Bergamo is also a modern city with an international airport and avant-garde buildings. This city is a perfect mix to be discovered thanks to our reasonably priced holiday offers to Bergamo.

As mentioned before, Bergamo unfurls on two levels: Bergamo Alta, on the hilltop, enclosed by mighty stone walls, and Bergamo Bassa, spread across the surrounding flatlands. The best way to see everything is to begin at the bottom, gradually ascending towards the ancient noble heart of the city. In the northern part of Bergamo Bassa stands the Accademia Carrara, a Neoclassic building commissioned by Giacomo Carrara that houses one of the most important art galleries in Italy. Leaving the Accademia, you head onto Via San Tomaso, which at one time was the main road leading to Val Seriana and Val Brembana. You can admire sixteenth and seventeenth century buildings along Via Pignolo and glimpse their quiet elegant courtyards. Continuing straight on, you'll find the Church of Sant'Alessandro della Croce, the Church of San Bernardino and the fourteenth century Church of Santo Spirito. If you happen to get hungry, definitely take the opportunity to stop in at the renowned Ristorante Vittorio, whose food merits its fame. In the summer, you can enjoy lunch in the open air.

After a delicious feast, the itinerary continues onto Piazza Matteotti. To its southern side (Largo Porta Nuova), the Sentierone boulevard runs through the opening in the city walls. Created in the seventeenth century to open up communication between between the eastern and western parts of the city, it was renovated in the 1920s, becoming the best place in Bergamo for a stroll. The Sentierone culminates with the Baroque façade of the Church of San Bartolomeo, which houses the Madonna with Child and Saints by Lorenzo Lotto. On the nearby Via Sant'Alessandro, the Church of Sant'Alessandro in Colonna houses masterpieces by Lotto, del Bassano and del Romanino. Further along, you have the chance to visit Artificio, an unusual novelty shop full of unique pieces created from recovered and recycled materials. From there you can make your initial approach into the ancient heart of Bergamo, taking a precursory stroll through Piazza Duomo and Piazza Vecchia. It's worthwhile stopping off at the historic Bar del Tasso on Piazza Vecchia, a special place considering the fact that it's been around for five hundred years.

So prepare to get to know the heart of Bergamo, which pulses in its most celebrated squares. Piazza Vecchia and the even older Piazza Duomo are just a stone's throw away, heading down Via Donizetti, which boasts an authentic example of a Renaissance home: the Casa dell'Arciprete, with its decorative marble façade. In the distance, you can glimpse the Piazza del Duomo, with its elegance and surprising asymmetry embracing the Duomo, symbol of religious power and witness to intrigue and disputes. To the side, stands the Colleoni Chapel, commissioned between 1472 and 1476 by the Bergamasco leader Bartolomeo Colleoni to be a mausoleum for himself and his daughter, Medea. In the square you can see the left side of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which has conserved its primitive Romanesque form on the outside. On Piazza del Duomo, in the garden of the Vescovado, stands the octagonal Baptistery, built by Giovanni da Campione in the mid-fourteenth century.

Next to the Piazza del Duomo is Piazza Vecchia, age-old headquarters and symbol of civic power. There's a fountain at its centre, donated by the Venetian mayor, Contarini. The oldest building on Piazza Vecchia is the Palazzo della Ragione (dating back to the 12th century) with a central balcony and a window topped by the Lion of St. Mark, the work of Pietro Isabello, a master Renaissance architect from Bergamo. To the right of the Palazzo della Ragione is the Torre del Comune, which has been modified multiple times, especially at the top. Here, too, you'll find the sixteenth century Palazzo Nuovo, today home to an important library and the Palazzo del Podestà Veneto, which houses the University of Bergamo.

Where to stay in Bergamo

B&B Hotel Bergamo
B&B Hotel Bergamo
3 out of 5
Via Autostrada 2/A, Bergamo, BG, 24126
The price is £78 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bergamo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a business centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (580 reviews)
"The property was close to Train and Bus station within a 10 min walk which made travel easier around the area. The property is a modern building and we'll kept."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2022

B&B Hotel Bergamo
Hotel Excelsior San Marco
Hotel Excelsior San Marco
4 out of 5
Piazzale della Repubblica 6, Bergamo, BG, 24122
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £104 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Bergamo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (855 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Hotel Excelsior San Marco
Best Western Hotel Piemontese
Best Western Hotel Piemontese
4 out of 5
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 11, Bergamo, BG, 24122
The price is £100 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bergamo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (497 reviews)
"Is very nice and clean hotel"

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Best Western Hotel Piemontese
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Residenza Del Borgo
Residenza Del Borgo
Via Borgo Santa Caterina 41, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo, 24124
The price is £83 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Bergamo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (91 reviews)
"Excellent front desk service! Good location,nice breakfast."

Reviewed on 26 May 2022

Residenza Del Borgo
Domitys Quarto Verde
Domitys Quarto Verde
Via Pinamonte da Brembate 5, Bergamo, BG, 24121
The price is £90 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this apartment in Bergamo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Parco Marenzi and Centro Congressi Giovanni XXIII ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"This property is close to the train and bus station. Close to many restaurants and shopping. The apartment we stayed in was perfect. Clean and had everything we needed. Could have had a microwave but we didn't need one. The indoor pool was warm and sauna was lovely."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Domitys Quarto Verde
Antico Borgo
Antico Borgo
3 out of 5
Via Borgo Palazzo 27, Bergamo, BG, 24125
The price is £104 per night from 23 Jun to 24 Jun
Stay at this 3-star residence in Bergamo. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a terrace. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (82 reviews)
"Great service, quick with replies."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Antico Borgo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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