08 Oct 2021

How to See the Best of Bergamo in One Day

Bergamo is a small town in Lombardy to the east of Northern Italy’s big hitters, Milan and Lake Como. If you are visiting North Italy or Milan then you should consider a one day trip to Bergamo.

Pressed up against the southern foothills of the Bergamo Alps, the town is laid out in tiers: the upper, so-called città alta, and the lower, so-called città bassa. On your day trip, you’ll find a rich variety of architecture and some great food.

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About Bergamo

Bergamo town

Bergamo is a unique city located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy and is famous for its split lower and upper towns. With a population of 120,000 people, this city is the fourth largest in the region.

The city has an extensive history spanning 2000 years where it has seen rulers from the Romans, Atilla the Hun, Napoleon, and the Austrians since the Celtics first settled there. Finally, in 1859, Bergamo joined the Italian kingdom. 

As a tourist destination, Bergamo has a wonderful combination of historical architecture. This Italian city is full of fun and delicious wonders, gorgeous Piazzas and high-quality shopping streets. 

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1. Piazza Vecchia

Piazza Vecchia

This amazing square is one of the main attractions in the historic upper city and is a fantastic place to visit for your day trip.

Many beautiful buildings surround the Piazza Vecchia, including the Campanone Torre Civica, the gorgeous Palazzo Della Ragione, and the central decorative fountain (pictured above).

The city’s events are often held within this beautiful square and there is also a series of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a quality meal and the Italian weather.

Top Tip: Many of the main sites of the old city surround the Piazza so it is one of the easiest places to start your trip. Also, book your Bergamo Half-Day Tour from Milan now with easyGuide at the best price.

2. Basilica of St. Mary Major

Basilica of St. Mary Major

To the south of the Piazza Vecchi, through a small ornate archway is the beautiful Basilica of St. Mary Major, or Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Italian.

It has a complicated history that dates to the ancient Romans when the site was a temple. It was subsequently turned into a Christian church, and in the 12th century became a basilica. 

Inside the basilica, you will be amazed by the amount of detail and decoration and the ceiling and arches are covered with gold and colourful frescos.

3. Colleoni Chapel

Colleoni Chapel

Fixed to the right-hand side of the Basilica is the Colleoni Chapel. This chapel was a later addition to the Basilica and was built after its completion.

The front facade of the chapel is truly magnificent with a series of decorations in both cream and pink colours. Crowning the chapel is a large dome that is topped with a hexagonal spire. Inside the chapel, you will find the altar dedicated to the three apostles and which features their statues together with various religious iconography.

4. Rocca Museum

The next place you must visit is the Rocca Museum, which is housed within one of the old defensive bastions, complete with a round tower and immense stone walls.

Inside there is the Museo del Risorgimento e della Resistenza, which is all about the formation of the Kingdom of Italy and the country’s struggle for independence.

Furthermore, from the top of this building, you can look down onto the modern centre of Bergamo.

5. Via XX Settembre

Via XX Settembre, Bergamo

The old town of Bergamo, città alta, has some amazing historical structures, and the lower town, città bassa, has some fantastic shopping opportunities.

If you are a shopping fan then you must visit the Via XX Settembre. This street is one of the central streets in the city and is famous for its high street shops.

If you want to relax and enjoy some retail stores, this is the street for you! Shops included on the street are Zara, Mango, Pandora, Swatch, Swarovski and Falconeri.

Bergamo tour from Milan

Bergamo town

If you are staying in Milan, why not find out more about our round-trip tour from Milan to Bergamo? As a little insight to get you excited, here’s what you will see on this tour:

  • Cittadella
  • Colleoni Chapel
  • Piazza Vecchia
  • Palazzo della Ragiona
  • Palazzo Nuovo
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Bergamo Cathedral
  • Rocca

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