Bergamo, located in a picturesque location at the foot of the Alps, is a pretty town widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty. Every year more and more tourists and travelers find themselves visiting and staying in this Lombard city. In this guide we will see what the best areas to sleep in Bergamo and best recommended hotels.
The beauty of the city, the central location that allows you to easily reach many areas and tourist resorts in northern Italy, and the presence of the Orio al Serio Airport, one of the main airports in Italy and the first for low cost flights to and from the 'Italy, lead over a million people to stay in Bergamo every year.
The city is not big and most of the places it can be visited comfortably on foot or by renting a bicycle. To move from the lower part of the city to the upper one, you can use the funicular feature oppure with l 'cheap bus. For those who do not arrive by car and still want comfortable travel, they can use the many taxis in all areas.
Best areas to sleep in Bergamo
There are three main and best areas to sleep in Bergamo: Bergamo Alta, Lower Bergamo and area around the Orio al Serio airport. Each area has its strengths and characteristics that make it better than the others based on personal preferences and needs.Search for a hotel or accommodation in Bergamo
La high part of the city, surrounded by the walls built in the XNUMXth century, is the historical and most beautiful part of the city, while the lower part it is the economic and administrative heart of Bergamo. The upper part, the lower part and the famous city airport are connected by the convenient and cheap bus number 1.
Bergamo has one good tourist accommodation and hotel offer, with cheaper rates than Milan, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bergamo. Hotels are the best solution to sleep in Bergamo, also because you normally stay for one or a few nights in the city.
Let's see then what these three areas offer and what are the best hotels to sleep in.
Sleeping in Bergamo Bassa
Bergamo Bassa is the preferred choice of accommodation for those arriving by car and train. From Bergamo railway station there are trains to Milan, Lecco and Brescia. If you arrive by car, the area is only 2 km from the motorway exit. The lower part of the city represents the modern and frenetic Bergamo.
Staying in Bergamo Bassa allows you to stay in a central location, close to the railway station and to easily reach both Bergamo Alta and the airport, as well as the motorway to Milan or to other cities and tourist areas in Lombardy or in the nearby Veneto.
One of the most beautiful places to stay and visit is Borgo Santa Caterina, a district of the city awarded among the most beautiful villages in Italy. In general, however, the best location to stay in Bergamo Bassa is the one near the station, also convenient for taking the train, urban and suburban buses.Look for a hotel or accommodation in Lower Bergamo near the station
Distances by car from main attractions, places and cities near Bergamo:
- Leolandia Amusement Park - 18 km (20 minutes)
- Milan - 50 km (40 minutes)
- Lake Garda - 80 km - (50 minutes)
- Verona - 115 km (1 hour and 15 minutes)
- Gardaland amusement park - 90 km (1 hour)
- Lake Iseo - 30 km (30 minutes)
- San Pellegrino Terme - 20 km (30 minutes)
- Lecco (Lake Como) - 40 km (50 minutes)
- Selvino (ski resort) - 20 km (30 minutes)
- Venice - 225 km (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Best hotels in Bergamo Bassa
Best Western Hotel Piemontese - just 50 meters from Bergamo railway station and in front of the shuttle bus stop to and from Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport. Good value for money. Some rates also include breakfast.
Hotel Excelsior San Marco - 4-star hotel located in Piazza della Repubblica, the central square of Bergamo, a 2-minute walk from the cableway leading to the historic center and the main shopping area of Bergamo Bassa. Rates include breakfast.
NH Bergamo - 4-star hotel located just 300 meters from Bergamo railway station and a 10-minute walk to the cable car station for the Upper Town. A good solution for stays for business reasons or for those looking for high-level services.
B&B Hotel Bergamo - hotel 3 located 650 meters from the railway station and very convenient for those arriving by car. It is one of the favorite hotels to sleep in Bergamo, with almost 3.000 reviews with an average score of over 8 out of 10. It is also one of the cheapest hotels to sleep in and among the best for value for money. Some rates also include breakfast.
Mercure Bergamo Centro Palazzo Dolci - 4-star hotel 300 meters from the railway station. Good value for money, ideal for couples. Some rates include breakfast.
Sleeping in Bergamo Alta
The Bergamo Alta area represents the historic center of the city, perched on a hill looks like a medieval city. It is one of the best preserved ancient fortified villages in Italy. This area is the best area to stay if you want to visit the historical part of the city.
There are two funiculars in Bergamo, one connects the lower part of the city with the upper part, while a second funicular connects the upper part of Bergamo (the historic area) with San Vigilio, a tiny neighborhood overlooking the historic center. There is no public transport in the historic center, you can walk from one end to the other in less than ten minutes on foot.Search for a hotel or accommodation in Bergamo Alta
The first thing that strikes you about Bergamo Alta are the old city walls, built by the Venetians in 1560-1623. Along the city walls there is a path from where you can admire a beautiful view of the lower city and the Alps. You can access the historic center by passing through one of the four historical doors present in certain areas of the walls.
The historical part of Bergamo offers A lot of things to see, the main ones are: the Duomo, the Carrara Academy, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), the Contarini Fountain, the Colleoni Chapel, the Adriano Bernareggi Museum, the Torre dei Caduti, the Lorenzo Rota Botanical Garden, the Church of San Bartolomeo, the Natural Science Museum, the Palazzo Nuovo, the Adriano Bernareggi Museum, the Palazzo della Ragione and the Civic Archaeological Museum.
Best hotels in Bergamo Bassa
GombitHotel - 4-star hotel located 2 minutes walking distance from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. There is public parking nearby. The rates include breakfast.
The sun - 2-star hotel in an excellent position in the heart of Bergamo Alta. It is one of the best hotels in Bergamo for value for money. The rates include breakfast.
Le Funi Hotel - 4-star hotel located in the San Vigilio district, the highest area of Bergamo. Rates include breakfast and services are of a high standard.