I would have never set foot in Bergamo if it had not been for Wizzair’s postponing of some flights. Otherwise, Il Caravaggio airport would just have been a stop on the way to the Canary Islands. A curious fact about Il Caravaggio, also known as “Milan Bergamo”, is that it is the third busiest airport in Italy with more than 10 million passengers in the year 2015.
However, my friends and I had to spend more than 24 hours there, or as we decided – spend some time in Milan and then sleep the night in Bergamo, which stands at around 40 km northeast of the Italian fashion capital. I would not say this was a mistake as I had never visited Milan before, but neither I nor my friends were quite impressed with it. We were, nevertheless, super impressed by Bergamo. What a green pearl in the Northern part of Italy!
After we wandered for half a day in Milan, we went back to Bergamo where we spent the night at Alex e Angie’s. It offered a magnificent view of Bergamo and its “Città Alta” (upper city) from the top of the building where the hotel is situated. In exchange for 20 euros per person, we slept in a 5-bed room (we were 5 so it was perfect) and had a reasonable breakfast in the morning.
After contemplating the view and since we had some 3-4 hours to kill before our next flight, we were more than eager to explore the Bergamo’s awesome greenery and its upper city.
There, we had probably the most delectable pizza in our lives as well as the most lip-smacking gelato (ice cream). This comes as no surprise since both of these are proud “children” of Italian cuisine.
If we add to all the upper-mentioned Bergamo’s proximity to the Alps, known as “Bergamo Alps”, and to the well-known lakes Iseo and Como, this makes it a destination which I cannot wait to visit again!
This is how to spend a day in Bergamo – the Lombardian Jewel. Here’s how to spend 10 days in Italy if you happen to have more time in Italy, which I definitely recommend. Either way, you’re gonna have the time of your life in the Mediterranean country.