One of the largest cities in the Lombardy region, Bergamo is a popular destination for those exploring the northern part of Italy. Renowned for its diverse cityscape and architectural attractions, Bergamo is also an important transport hub, hosting the third-largest airport in Italy. A train to Bergamo takes as little as 1h45mins from the Italian metropolises of Milan and Monza, and these services are operated by Trenord. It’s also possible to catch a train to Bergamo railway station via a daily service from Rome operated by Trenitalia. There's plenty to see and do in this inspiring corner of Lombardy, with a historic old town harmoniously blending with a more modern metropolis.
Although many passengers passing through Bergamo do so to venture further afield, both within Italy and beyond, there's plenty of excuses to stick around and explore this gorgeous part of the Lombardy region. After catching the train to Bergamo, visitors can hop off at the central station and enjoy a 10-minute stroll until they arrive at the Porta Nuova, which is the true entrance to the city. The lower reaches of the town are home to government buildings and breath-taking villas. Those visiting to soak up some culture will be rewarded in this part of the city, with the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, a mere 15-minute walk away. Here, visitors will be able to admire the works of Kandinksy, Boccioni and De Chirico. After having admired these masterpieces, it's time to marvel at the majesty of the upper regions of the city. And, about 2 km north of here, travellers will be treated to Medieval architecture and buildings dating back to the Renaissance period, with must-see monuments including the city’s library and bell tower, as well as several Baroque landmarks, such as the iconic cathedral. Even when the sun goes down, there's plenty to see and do in Bergamo. In fact, this is when the city truly comes alive.
In under a 30-minte walk from the art gallery or a 2-minute walk from the cathedral, visitors will reach the city’s prime location for some of the finest culinary delights around — Piazza Vecchia (the main square in the old town), with first-rate restaurants offering up a mouth-watering selection of local dishes. In particular, there's plenty of unique cheeses to savour, while local wines like Valcalepio and Moscato making for the perfect pairing options.