A short stay in Bergamo

I’ve never thought of travelling to Bergamo, Italy. Even though there are direct flights from Cyprus to Bergamo – Milan, most people take the plane, land in Bergamo, and go directly to Milan and other Italian cities, but they don’t visit Bergamo. The purpose of the trip was to travel to Pisa for a Business meeting with a colleague, and the only suitable way to travel there was to take a Ryanair flight from Paphos to Bergamo, then travel to Milan and from there take the train to Pisa. So, according to our schedule, we planned a one-night stay in Bergamo to get the train the next day to Pisa.

Taking the Taxi
We arrived in Bergamo at about eight at night and got a taxi from the airport to the old town. The cost was 30 Euros, a fixed price, which seemed quite expensive considering the distance from the airport to the hotel, but the driver indicated that the price was fixed. We went straight to our hotel.

Spectacular Views

The town has two parts: the upper city, called ‘Citta Alta’, and the lower city, called ‘Citta Bassa’. The funicular and footpaths connect the two parts, allowing you to enjoy spectacular views from both parts. We walked from the upper city to the lower city and enjoyed the views from both parts. You should walk around the old city via the ‘viale mura’ and ‘della fara’ roads/paths.

 

Food & Drink

Before visiting Bergamo, we checked Tripadvisor and found a few places to dine & drink. We dined twice at Da Franco, which turned out to be a fantastic place. Our food, including octopus starter, risotto, seafood pasta, pepperoni pizza, turned out to be delicious. The place is highly recommended and worth paying for.

 We then had a glass of local white wine at Ca Del Fasa, with a pleasant atmosphere. It almost slipped my mind; on our way back from the lower city to the upper city, we had a coffee at the Funicolare Cafe, which is right outside the Funicolare. You will have a coffee and enjoy the lower city views.

If you get the chance to visit Bergamo, don’t forget to

  • walk all around Viale mura
  • walk from the upper city to the lower or vice versa, and depending on what you do, take the funicolare on your way back
  • have a coffee at the Funicolare Cafe
  • try Bergamo’s traditional sweet Polenta e Osei

 

Bergamo is a pretty town nestling in the foothills of the Alps.

Widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty, Bergamo is famous for its wealth of artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere.