Bergamo – The City Milan Doesn’t Want You To Visit!

When landing at Bergamo airport the message was clear: take the next bus to Milan and leave this place ASAP.

The push to get people to Milan started already in the air, where you could pre-purchase your bus tickets straight to Milan.

When stepping out of the airport – which for the record is called “Milan” by Ryan Air, there were so many buses waiting to bring everyone to Milan that the old little local bus (discretely named Linea 1) going to Bergamo was left unnoticed.

Only a handful of us went against the stream and got on the bus to explore what seemed to be a forgotten place: Bergamo.

The Forgotten City

We had been to this little city once before as a simple stop-over before flying out of Italy, and fell so much in love with it that we said we would be back one day to see more.

So when Bergamo showed up as a great deal on the “Everywhere feature” we used with Skyscanner (it scans the web for all flights leaving your departure city to anywhere in the world), we knew it was meant to be.

I was surprised to see that the city didn’t seem to have become more popular since last time we were there.

But while walking along the streets of the old town, I felt a sense of relief – there were no crowds of tourists, no tour groups, just a relaxed vibe and quiet streets.

I couldn’t help but to wonder if perhaps the people of Bergamo don’t want everyone to know about their lovely town, to keep it the way it is and let the jam-packed buses with travelers continue to Milan instead.

Well if that was the case, I’m happy with that – more space, no queues, no stress and beautiful surroundings – perfect.

The town is divided in two parts, Lower Town and Upper Town – the Upper Town is the medieval part of Bergamo, and the small size makes it perfect for a day’s of exploring, giving you plenty of time to relax – be it in a garden cafe with a spritzer at midday, or in the botanical garden with a gelato.

Healthy Fat Food

We never thought it was possible to feel fat and starved at the same time, but Portugal showed us otherwise.

Being a vegetarian in that country is hard, but being a healthy vegetarian is impossible.

Italy, on the other hand, soon showed us how you could eat all the fat foods you wanted, and still feel healthy about it.

All the foods you would normally associate with grease and fat – tasted so god damn good that you could pretend you were being healthy.

Indulging in pizzas with that thin, crispy crust, impossibly creamy gelato, spritzers and wine at noon – I couldn’t help but to understand exactly how this woman must have felt….!!

After having traveled all over the world since last time we visited Bergamo, we were happy to find that it was still very much the way we remembered it, a cozy town that gives you the ultimate Italian experience, but without the fuss.

What is your favorite place in Italy?

Special thanks to Skyscanner for supporting our flights and accommodation in Bergamo!

10 Responses to Bergamo – The City Milan Doesn’t Want You To Visit!

  1. Natasha October 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Lovely insight into Bergamo – I confess to have just passed through the airport. However you now have me feeling like I’d love to visit, I miss Italy and wish I could eat one of those amazing desserts!

    • Sofia October 17, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      Next time you plan to ass through the airport, spend a day in Bergamo. If you like desserts you should definitely check out La Marianna where they invented the Stracciatella ice cream!

  2. Mike@logcabinsinwales October 16, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Based on your pictures and stories, Bergamo looks good for travel and some exploration. Less number of people will give you so much fun travelling. I agree you may encounter less stress in Bergamo. Those people who rode the bus to Milan lost the chance to see how great Bergamo is.

    • Sofia October 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Yes, Bergamo is much less stressful, and the great thing about the place is that you can go there for a day trip from Milan if you want, it’s so easy to combine both in a trip that you don’t actually have to choose one or the other.

  3. Addison S. @ Visa Hunter October 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Looks like you found yourselves a real gem, congratulations. Italy is one of my favorite countries, such diversity and don’t get me started on the food. Next time I make it back there I will take your advice and be sure to check out Bergamo.

    • Sofia October 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Yes, Italy really has so much diversity and the food is unbelievable! We found that since Bergamo wasn’t as touristy as many other cities it was easier to find cheap and great food, while in Venice there were a lot of “tourist traps” so it was harder to find the good places. Hope you make it there next time :)

  4. Bellannie October 19, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Oh, dear… Only 5 seconds looking at your photos was enough for me to start to desire live there! I love food (especially Italian), I love coffee and hate a lot of people in the same place… I’m gonna plan my visit there!

    • Sofia November 10, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Then Bergamo sounds like your perfect place, you will love the coffee and food there, and lack of crowds!

  5. Dean November 10, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I knew absolutely nothing about Bergamo, but it looks like it has everything that I love about Italy. I’ll try and make it there on my next trip!

    • Sofia November 10, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      It is very typical northern Italy, I absolutely love that city. It’s pretty easy planning a visit too, as RyanAir flies there from many destinations.