5 good reasons to go to Bergamo
To see / do
Culture and history
Climb to the top of Bergamo
Bergamo has developed on two different levels: the Upper City and the Lower City. The Upper City (Città Alta) houses the old town. Jump aboard the funicular railway to get to the Città Alta. The beautiful Piazza Vecchia is surrounded by historical, palatial buildings. Visit the history museums and religious landmarks, especially the Cathedral and Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Stroll along the ancient city walls
In the 16th century, the Upper City strengthened its defences and you could only access the city through rather imposing gates. The city wall is around 5 km in length. Tracing its circumference on foot offers unrivalled views of the Lower City. The views are particularly incredible at daybreak and sunset. Visit at different times of the day for a range of amazing photo opportunities.
Bergamo from below
The Lower City has just as much charm as the Upper City. The area boasts opulent Renaissance and Baroque-style palaces. Make sure you visit the Torre dei Caduti memorial tower and its lookout point. San Vigilio Castle, located just outside the city, is also worth a visit.
Bring your senses to life!
Make the most of Italian cuisine on Via Bartolomeo Colleoni! This street is home to lots of little delicatessens, where the handmade, traditional produce will appeal to all of your senses. You’ll also find some nice things to take home as souvenirs. And if you can’t resist the temptation, several restaurants are in close proximity.
The funicular railway café
Are you looking for an unforgettable gourmet experience? Then take a seat in the Caffe’ della Funicolare! In the Upper City by the funicular railway stop, a delightful café overlooking the Lower City awaits. The view is simply spectacular. Whether you’re after a refined meal, quick bite to eat, or just a snack, this café is perfect for taking a little break.
Fall in love with casoncelli
When you visit Bergamo, you must try a local delicacy called Casoncelli alla Bergamasca. It’s a stuffed pasta that looks rather like ravioli. But it’s actual quite different. Casoncelli are filled with a mixture made from eggs, meat, parmesan and breadcrumbs. What a treat!
Tasty polenta e osei dolce
You must have heard of polenta, which can be savoury or sweet when served with grapes. But you probably haven’t tried polenta e osei dolce. Polenta e osei dolce is a dessert that looks like a bird’s nest. It features layers of genoise sponge with chocolate and hazelnut buttercream and is drizzled with liqueur. The nest is yellow because of the polenta, and a little chocolate bird is placed on top.
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