Bergamo is a city renowned for its rich heritage of art and history and its endearing medieval atmosphere. Situated on the top of a hill with fabulous views over the Lombardy countryside and in the foothills of the Bergamo Alps, it is the perfect destination to explore the nearby lakes of Garda and Iseo, and of course Milan.
The city is split into two with the upper part, known as the Città Alta, being the more historic centre, surrounded by Venetian Walls built in the 16th century, and the lower city Città Bassa is the more modernised centre. Art and history lovers alike prefer to spend time exploring the medieval streets of the upper city, home to the beautiful old square Piazza Vecchia and the church Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. However the lower city should also be on your list, start your day in the lower city exploring the more modernised area and visit the shopping district on Via 20 Settembre. Hop on the much loved funicular railway to head up to the upper city which will give you spectacular views of the city as you pass through the ancient Venetian walls.
If you fancy a trip to Milan, be sure to visit the outstanding Plaza del Duomo which is home to iconic buildings including the Royal Palace of Milan, one of the oldest shopping centres the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the magnificent Duomo. Take a tour around this grand white marble church which boasts an unbelievable 135 spirals, amazing stained glass windows and 4 aisles before venturing onto its terrace where you can look over the city and beyond into the beautiful Alp mountains. Milan is also home to one of the world’s most iconic images so visit Leonardo de Vinci’s breath taking Last Supper Mural where it was painted on the wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in 1495.
With 2 of Italy’s northern lakes within easy reach of Bergamo, you are truly spoiled for choice. If you are an outdoor enthusiast and would like to try your hand at water-skiing or windsurfing, head to Lake Garda, the biggest of the lakes, or the quieter Lake Iseo offers great opportunities for trekking and mountain biking.
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