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The city of Bergamo nestles at the foothill of the Alps close to the beautiful Italian lakes of Lombard. It is one of the prettiest cities that northern Italy boasts, offering a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture from its scenic position overlooking the southern plains. There are breathtaking views to be enjoyed alongside some very fine dining spots and an exclusive collection of shops.
Bergano is defined by its double identity. There is the ancient hilltop Upper Town (Città Alta) and the modern Lower Town (Città Bassa). Thankfully a funicular connects the two and helps saves your legs from an otherwise steep ascent.
Città Alta - The medieval atmosphere of Bergano is at its strongest amongst the tangle of tiny streets that are surrounded by high Venetian walls. Here the majority of the city’s museums and historic sites can be found.
Città Bassa - The majority of the shops, restaurants, nightlife and modern galleries can be found in the busy and bustling Lower Town.
San Vigilo - This small hilltop village can be reached by taking a second funicular from Città Alta. Here you can find romantic walks with spectacular views and a ruined castle to perfect the scene. Climb to the top of the castle to take in the surrounding countryside more fully.
Lake Endine - Within easy reach of Bergano is the glorious natural scenery offered by Lake Endine. Here on the waters or amongst the woods and high mountaintops you can enjoy trekking, mountain climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing. Or, of course, you can just soak up the views.
The historic Piazza Vecchia in the old town is where you will find a large number of the Renaissance buildings and art collections. Look inside the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel to explore more historic delights.
Take a trip in the glass elevator to enjoy the views from the top of the historic belltower, the Campanone. Browse the range of modern and historical art on offer in the city’s many galleries. A stroll along Via XX Settembre, Via Sant'Alessandro and Via Sant'Orsola will offer you retail therapy in a pleasant, pedestrianised area of the city, but a walk along the city walls will reward you with views across Lombardy. A trip a little further out could see you visiting one of the many famous spas that promise to restore your health after a tiring day sightseeing.