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  • It was really easy and convenient, there's a direct bus-line which connects the city's railway station with the airport
  • The pizza was very delicious, typical Bergamo custom is that they add a special sort of cheese, called Aziaco
  • Now, the tickets you have are valid for the cable car too, so if you want to avoid paying for another, try to get to the Funicolare before your ticket gets expired
  • In order to not get lost in the Citta Alta, I recommend you grab a free map at the Funicolare, makes navigation a lot easier
  • I'd definitely return for a day or two, since it's a relatively small city (117,000 people), and can be covered up quite quickly

    • by klorofill
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      We were on our way to Berlin and we had to change planes at Bergamo Airport, and we had an afternoon to wait. So, we decided to hop on a bus, and check out the city of Bergamo. It was really easy and convenient, there’s a direct bus-line which connects the city’s railway station with the airport. The tickets could be bought either in the terminal, or at the ticket vending machine for 1.70 euros. The tickets are valid for 90 minutes, and can be used on any lines in that interval.

      I’d like to point out that even though the city was relatively close, the bus has a very intricate route, and arrives at the train-station after a half an hour, even though there’s only a few kilometers from the airport to the city. Once you get off the bus, just start following the main road, everything you might


      want to see is either there, or in the Citta Alta (the Old City) towards which the main road leads to. It’s about a half an hour walk, be sure to have your camera. The Old City is on the top of a hill, and it’s a beautiful view, heading towards it. On the way you’ll have to pass through the Puorta Nova, The New Gate, which is in fact two stone towers, flanking the main street. We were also very hungry, and we decided to eat a pizza, what else. Here I’d like to point out that every pizzaplace, restaurant is closed in the afternoon, and only opens in the evening! After a long search though, we found a place, and had two slices of pizza. The pizza was very delicious, typical Bergamo custom is that they add a special sort of cheese, called Aziaco. A slice of pizza ...

      • was 5 euros.

        I’ve mentioned that the tickets you purchase at the airport for the bus have a validity of 90 minutes, and it’s a good idea to have this in mind, because once you get at the foot of the hill where the old city is located, there’s the Funicolare, or the Cable Car, which takes you up. Now, the tickets you have are valid for the cable car too, so if you want to avoid paying for another, try to get to the Funicolare before your ticket gets expired. Not something hard to do.

        The Citta Alta is full of Old buildings, history, Renaissance arhitecture, small, crowded streets and tourists of course. It’s typical Italy probably. We were there in the afternoon, and it was full of people already, so I can’t imagine how it could be once every restaurant, shop and bar opens in the evening. You have a

        good selection of restaurants and pizzerias by the way, some are cheaper, some more elite. In order to not get lost in the Citta Alta, I recommend you grab a free map at the Funicolare, makes navigation a lot easier. The main square is called Piazza Vecchia, you should probably get there first, and then you’re free to explore. I recommend staying there for an afternoon and the evening, we couldn’t unfortunately.

        Now, you can leave the old city either with the Funicolare, or on foot, by taking the road to the gates, and from there the main road, which leads back to the foot of the hill, the Funicolare, and back to the train station. As a conclusion, Bergamo was good fun, and we spent a nice, comfortable afternoon there. I’d definitely return for a day or two, since it’s a relatively small city (117,000 people), and can be covered up quite quickly.




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