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Do you know Bergamo?

We’d reckon that most of our erudite and adventuresome readers have been to Italy at least once in your lives. We’ve gone many, many times and can’t wait for the next opportunity. Italy is so welcoming on so many levels: no wonder U.S. News has it listed as #3 of World’s Best Places to Visit for 2023-2024. But, we feel like we’re preaching to the converted here: our readers get around, and you know what you want. However, let’s diverge a little and point you into Italy, but one of its more hidden gems, Bergamo.

What makes Bergamo one of your top to-do travel sites? First of all, Bergamo’s Città Alta (Upper Town) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a major attraction. Encircled by Venetian walls, the Old Town features narrow medieval streets, picturesque squares, and stunning architecture. The Piazza Vecchia, the heart of the city, is a beautiful square with historic buildings like the Palazzo della Ragione and the Civic Tower. You’re surrounded by these beautiful buildings around every corner.

The impressive Venetian walls surrounding the Città Alta are well-preserved and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. Visitors can walk along the walls and enjoy the vistas, making it an unforgettable experience. And speaking of history, Bergamo boasts a rich cultural heritage with numerous museums, art galleries, and churches. The Accademia Carrara houses a vast collection of Renaissance and Baroque art, including works by Botticelli, Raphael, and Bellini.

You’re in Europe. Take the train. RailEurope can get you from A to B, fast & inexpensive. Click here.

Stay at the central and cosy Le Muraine. Click here to book.

Explore Bergamo by bike! Click here to book. Viator has loads of options.

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