Architecturally beautiful Bergamo overlooks the southern plains offering wonderful views, wonderful art, and some wonderful dining opportunities. All these pleasures can be found in the Upper Town, Città Alta, which is one of the best places to stay in Bergamo if you’re here for the city’s legendary historic atmosphere.
Città Bassa is the modern town at the bottom of the hill, connected to the top by a funicular. Here you’ll find the best places to stay in Bergamo if you’re on a budget or prefer a more modern style of hotel.
Città Alta’s spiderweb of tiny streets is surrounded by 5kms worth of Venetian walls, and at the heart of it all is the Piazza Vecchia, lined with elegant architecture - both Renaissance and earlier - and cafes. But the highest point is provided by the Torre del Campanone, a huge square tower which reaches 52metres above the city. Charmingly the tower’s bell still rings out the curfew at 10pm.
Aside from that the Città Alta offers architectural treats wherever you look, and behind several of the wonderful Palazzo’s facades are impressive collections of art - especially Italian. The Accademia Carrara is one of the best known. Then there’s the religious architecture and art. Bergamo’s baroque Duomo sits ontop of Roman ruins and the Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore is a wonderful mash up of all the best of Bergamo’s architectural styles.
The funicular saves your legs on the steep, winding streets, and the views are spectacular. There’s also a second funicular which takes you up to San Vigilio, a small town higher up the alps.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Bergamo offer period style and fabulous food.
The Relais da Vittorio is a world renowned restaurant with ten elegant, boutique style rooms. The restaurant has been in the family for generations, and they also offer guests access to a beautiful garden and a pool.
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Located in a medieval square this 13th century property is part of the history of Bergamo. Minimal rooms with neutral palettes create a modern, organic look using natural materials. Sculptures and quirky accents like a library ceiling clad in books inject colour. A regional breakfast is served.
A famous restaurant with boutique rooms. Da Vittorio restaurant ranks as one of the best in the world and has been in the family for generations. Boutique rooms and suites have elegant furnishings. Excellent food, swimming pool and gardens, and extensive facilities for special occasions. Foodies!