The pretty city of Bergamo lies in the alpine Lombardy region of northern Italy, roughly 25 miles northeast of Milan. It’s comprised of a Città Alta (or Upper City) and a Città Bassa (lower city), with the lower city forming the modern centre of Bergamo, while the upper is an enchanting medieval town set on a hilltop. Città Bassa is surrounded by majestic Venetian walls, which date back to the 16th-century and have been given UNESCO World Heritage Site status. As you meander through the historic streets pay a visit to the Cittadella, the Roman Catholic Bergamo Cathedral and Museo Civico Archeologico.
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Take a trip on the funicular to reach this charming square, which makes for a great place to kick off your day of exploring Bergamo. One of the main sites of the old city, it’s surrounded by a host of beautiful buildings and historic gems, including the impressive Campanone Torre Civica, which offers panoramic views of the city, the 12th century Palazzo della Ragione, and the sphinx fountain in the centre. With plenty of cute cafes and restaurants, it’s also a nice spot to set up camp and bask in the Italian sunshine and, often used as the venue for many of the city’s events, there’s always something going on here.
Museo di Scienze Naturali e Archeologico
Head to the north-west of the old city to find the Museum of Natural Science and Archaeology. With an impressively big collection of artefacts and relics, this spot is a must for any history aficionados. Chocka with wonderfully preserved Roman treasures, from mosaics stone, tablets and pottery, to weaponry, jewellery and coins, it offers a rare chance to step into the ancient world.
Just 48 minutes on the train from Milan (shorter than most commutes), Bergamo serves as the perfect place to jump off into this famous fashion capital. Trains leave every hour from Bergamo’s central station and cost just over a fiver. From historical sites, like the impressive Gothic Duomo, medieval Sforza Castle, to its ace restaurant scene and wallet-achingly-fantastic designer shops, there’s plenty to see and do in Milan. Head up the Torre Branca and take in panoramic views of this gorgeous city.
During the Triassic period, what is now Bergamo was underwater. As the Alps rose, water levels receded and archeologists have subsequently discovered fossils from that period on the mountain side, some of which can be found at Bergamo’s Museo Civico Scienze Naturali.
Bergamo is divided into two parts - the older, more ‘medieval’ Città Alta, (or the Upper City), which is surrounded by defensive Venetian walls. And then the lower, more modern part, Città Bassa. Connected by a funicular, some residents use the cable cars to commute to work.
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