10 essential places to see in Bergamo


This guide of places to see in Bergamo, will help you to know one of the best preserved and most beautiful Italian medieval cities, making the most of the time.
Located in northern Italy in the Lombardy region, this city is divided into two parts: Ciudad Alta (Città Alta) and the Ciudad Baja (Città Bassa), connected by an old funicular. The Upper City, which is located on the hillside and top of a mountain, has the walled medieval old town and the most interesting points to visit and the Lower City, built mostly in the twentieth century, is the most modern and residential.

To get to Bergamo you can take a low cost flight to Orio al Serio airport, located 7 kilometers from the city, or take a train from Milan that takes less than an hour
Keep in mind that Bergamo is a city that can be explored perfectly in a day on foot and is usually included in a trip to Milan.

Based on the experience of the time we spent in this city during our trip to Milan and Bergamo, we have made a list of what we think, are the 10 places to visit in Bergamo essential. We start!

1. Piazza Vecchia

Piazza Vecchia, located in the heart of the Città Alta, is the prettiest square to see in Bergamo.
This medieval square, surrounded by historical buildings such as the Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo del Podestà, the Civic Tower and the Palazzo Nuovo, has in the center the Fontana Contarin, an ancient fountain adorned with sculptures of lions and two sphinxes.
In addition to sitting on one of the terraces of the square, we recommend you go up to the Civic Tower, built between the 11th and 12th centuries, to enjoy the best views of the old town.
If you have the opportunity to spend the night in Bergamo, remember that at 22h o'clock the bells of this tower ring 100 times, following a tradition of centuries ago in order to warn of the closing of the gates of the walled city.

2. Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo della Ragione

The Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo della Ragione, both located in Piazza Vecchia, are the Two most essential palaces to visit in Bergamo.
The Palazzo Nuovo, which took more than three centuries to build, was thought to be the seat of the Town Hall although it later housed the Angelo Mai Civic Library, one of the most important in Italy.
The building impresses with its marble facade and an elegant interior in which the atrium stands out with a carved tree-shaped lectern known as Colonna Camozzi.
The Palazzo della Ragione built at the end of the 12th century, is the oldest communal palace in Italy, it was used as a court and inside you can see an impressive room full of paintings on the walls and a wooden ceiling.

Lower Town

Map of things to do in Bergamo

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