Following on from my previous post ‘Lake Iseo with Fly BMI‘ our second day in Italy we drove back towards the airport, away from the lake for a day of exploring Bergamo.
Bergamo is divided in two, Bassa (the main city) and Alta (as the name suggests, a medieval city on the mountain). Following the sat nav, we wound our way up the hillside to reach what seemed like the top. I had a tip off of a great restaurant for lunch with amazing views. So again, following google maps, we walked up what looked like a simple hill.
Dying! This hill would test any mountain climber in that heat. We arrived hot and sweaty at the ‘summit’ 20 minutes later, only to discover there was a funicular railway that we could have taken! DOH! Anyway, Dan and I felt epic for walking up the steepest hill ever, just to eat! But it was so worth it for the food and the views.
After we had cooled down and ate mountains of pasta whilst gazing at the view. We took a stroll around the beautiful streets of this ancient town.
The older part of Bergamo, Città Alta, is characterised by cobblestone streets, encircled by Venetian walls and accessible by a funicular from the more modern city below. It’s home to the Duomo di Bergamo, the city cathedral. Also here are the Romanesque Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the grand Cappella Colleoni, a chapel with 18th-century frescoes by Tiepolo.
We were happy with just wandering and people watching. Bergamo is stylish, beautiful and a great place to sit, drink coffee and watch the world go by.
That evening we drove back to Sulzano, Lake Iseo, and took the ferry over to Monte Islea for dinner. The view back to the mainland, with the glow of the evening sun was spectacular. With the bobbing boats and fresh seafood, Dan and I couldn’t have been happier.
Collaboration Note: This post was written in partnership with Fly BMI and Visit Bergamo. We were gifted our flight and stay in return for this review. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.