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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

Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
4 out of 5
Via Padergnone 52, Grassobbio, BG
The price is £62 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Oriocenter, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fiera Campionaria di Bergamo and Kilometro Rosso Science ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Stay was very good apart from a slight misunderstanding regarding the mini bar."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

Winter Garden Hotel - Bergamo Airport
Mercure Bergamo Aeroporto
Mercure Bergamo Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Via Arrigo Boito 12, Stezzano, BG
The price is £47 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Kilometro Rosso Science and Technology Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Papa Giovanni XXIII ...
4.4/5Excellent! (835 reviews)
Nice staff, spotlessly clean.
"Spotlessly clean, hotel is addressing all Covid concerns appropriately. Friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020

Mercure Bergamo Aeroporto
Relais San Lorenzo
Relais San Lorenzo
5 out of 5
Piazza Lorenzo Mascheroni, 9, Bergamo, Lombardy
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Located in Citta Alta, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Donizetti Museum, Palazzo della Ragione and Piazza Vecchia. Colleoni Chapel and Basilica ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (177 reviews)
Really good experience...
"Really pleased about the overall experience. Really exceptional service and incredible breakfast. Room was good, but not exceptional. Great Milton Brown toiletries. Fantastic location!"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Relais San Lorenzo
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Domitys Quarto Verde
Domitys Quarto Verde
Via Pinamonte da Brembate 5, Bergamo, BG
The price is £74 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Stazione, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of GAMeC, Rocca and Piazza Vecchia. University of Bergamo and Oriocenter are also within 3 ...
Domitys Quarto Verde
57ResHotel Orio
57ResHotel Orio
Via Europa 4/6, Orio al Serio, BG
The price is £64 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Oriocenter and within 3 miles (5 km) of Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital and Piazza Vecchia. Fiera ...
4.3/5Excellent! (577 reviews)
Miles walk from airport
"Property is about a miles walk from Bergamo arrivals along a joint cycle/foot path that skirts the airport perimeter until about the last 200 meters where you have to walk along the edge of the road with the property visible on your left when you get to the junction on the bend. Checkin was a little ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2020

57ResHotel Orio
Home And Go - 4
Home And Go - 4
Via San Salvatore 4, Bergamo, BG
Located in Citta Alta, this apartment building is steps away from University of Bergamo and Piazza Vecchia. Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital and Papa Giovanni XXIII ...
4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
THE BELLS! THE BELLS!
"Some problems communicating with Laura to start with but it was worth the efffort. This is the perfect studio from which to explore the old town of Bergamo. In great condition, very comfortable for two - the apartment is outstanding. You have to like bells as the competing churches all chime on the ..."

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2017

Home And Go - 4
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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