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Bergamo is a town in Italy of some fame, since it hosts an airport servicing budget airlines used by people travelling to nearby Milan. But it's worth leaving aside the megalopolises of Italy and concentrating on Bergamo itself, a cosy old town at the foot of the Alps. For one, it is a major centre of winter sports, offering dozens of ways to spend good time even in summer.

Bergamo is perfectly situated at the point where the plains of Lombardy give way to the Alps. It is therefore a gateway to Italy’s best skiing resorts. Bergamo is also within a short distance from the country’s prized natural sites, Lakes Como and Maggiore. Nor does it lack good and affordable car rental services. Bergamo is therefore a perfect base for travelling around Italy, with easy access to Venice, Verona, Milan as well as the Alpine lakes and cosy little mountain towns.

Bergamo
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bergamo

Should you venture to stay in Bergamo for more than one day, you may be surprised. With a population of 120,000 (which is, in fact, how many permanent residents live in Venice as well), this town is an equal to Italy's better-known gems. Bergamo has a wealth of churches, Medieval, Renaissance, and Classicist architectural wonders, lovely piazzas, palazzos, historic fortifications, castles, and museums. Travellers are fascinated by Bergamo’s Citta Alta, the oldest part of the town situated on a hilltop. A funicular links the elevated old town with the newer districts stretching on the adjacent plains.

Bergamo was originally founded by Celtic tribes, which is why it still hosts Celtic music festivals. Subsequently, Bergamo was incorporated into the Roman Empire and was at one point ruled by the Habsburg Empire. Modern Bergamo is known as a town of beautiful architecture, Italian traditions, and excellent culinary heritage – an open-air museum.

Bergamo is a town where one can enjoy a cup of best Italian coffee without the nuisance of too many tourists, treat oneself to a slice of pizza or any other staple of the Italian cuisine. It would not be a stretch to compare Begramo to a slice of pizza – a quick snack on the way to Northern Italian adventures, yet an exceptionally tasty and authentic one, leaving a lasting impression if only because discovered so unexpectedly. After a taste of Bergamo, Italy’s Alpine region is there for your delight.

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