An Afternoon Stroll in Bergamo Old Town: A Photo Tour

An Afternoon Stroll in Bergamo Old Town: A Photo Tour

A mere 40 km from Milan, beautiful Bergamo is perfect for a day off

Bergamo Alta, Piazza Vecchia

Perched atop a hill, Bergamo Old Town is a little jewel of great charm

Perched on the hill, the way towns were commonly built during the Middle Age for defensive purposes, the old city of Bergamo (in Italian called ‘Bergamo Alta‘) is a little jewel.

The historical cable car connects the new Bergamo, downhill, with the ancient town, its tiny streets, small squares and awesome historical buildings.

Bergamo Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica

After a short walk, it’s almost impossible not to step into the magnificent Piazza Vecchia (meaning ‘Old Square’), bordered by the stunning Palazzo della Ragione, dating back to the 12th Century, and Palazzo Nuovo, designed by the famous Italian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi in the second half of the 16th Century whose façade, however, was completed only in 1958.

Across the porches, the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica took my breath away with its finely decorated façade and the geometric inlay designed with marble of different colors.

Bergamo Trattoria Ornella

Along the narrow streets, lots of small shops selling sweets, clothes, decorative objects, and many bars and restaurant, often named ‘trattoria‘ or ‘osteria‘ as it once was, some of them serving the traditional dishes typical of this area.

Pink Bike

As I strolled randomly, I glimpsed a spot of purple which raised my curiosity and ended in front of a lovely shop selling lavender, displaying very nice decorations, including a beautiful pink bike.

Bergamo Pasticceria Cavour

I’m not really a sweet tooth, but I liked looking at the old patisseries, displaying cakes, sweets and other delicacies in a very tasteful fashion.

Creative Pastry

Bergamo Old Town winks at the tourists, but it does it in a discreet way. In the old city, everything is tasteful, sometimes with a look back at the tradition, other times showcasing a contemporary, fashionable taste.

Nice Milk Shop Bergamo Pastry Shop

It was a perfect choice for an afternoon trip from Milan: beautiful and relaxing. A pity the weather was not very good, as this year it looks like Spring will never arrive. But I’ll be back for sure. Bergamo deserves more than a few hours and a quick visit. See you soon, awesome Bergamo!

Bergamo Alta, Fontana Contarini

 

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31 Comments
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  • margieinitaly
    Posted at 03:37h, 28 July Reply

    Simon – I loved this article, having visited Bergamo Alta two years ago. A beautiful place. Your photos are phenomenal!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 23:08h, 28 July Reply

      How very kind of you, Margie! A big thank you for the lovely words, but indeed it’s Bergamo Alta which is so photogenic! 😀

  • James @ Africa Tours
    Posted at 08:51h, 06 July Reply

    Oh wow! These are exquisite. Thank you so much for sharing them.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 09:52h, 06 July Reply

      It’s Bergamo Alta which is exquisite, James! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • Jessica J. Hill
    Posted at 18:33h, 30 June Reply

    Gorgeous shots! I love the lighting you’re able to get in all the window fronts. It adds a bit of drama and romance to the photos. Great eye, as always.

  • Nicole @ Green Global Travel
    Posted at 14:10h, 22 June Reply

    Great photos. The clouds add so much to the atmosphere and character of the place.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 09:50h, 06 July Reply

      Big thanks, Nicole. I started only recently to appreciate the effect of the clouds in photography (and overall the landscape).

  • Anita
    Posted at 22:19h, 23 April Reply

    Gorgeous pictures as always! I should travel more to Italia, it’s so close and there are so many amazing places to explore…. 🙂

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 09:47h, 06 July Reply

      You’re too kind, Anita. Indeed… Why don’t you come and visit me in Milan?

  • Julio Moreno
    Posted at 20:08h, 15 April Reply

    Yet another place I wish I knew when I was in Milan :(. This place looks really cool.

    PS: Your comment code on the bottom, are you trying to weed out bots, or people who are bad at math. I support both causes.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 09:46h, 06 July Reply

      Oh… Well… Might be a good reason to come back to Milan, Julio! As for the Captcha… Yes! It’s a double challenge! 🙂

  • Teo
    Posted at 15:42h, 10 April Reply

    I love your Photo tour kinda article.. pictures are as always beautiful! keep up the good work!

  • Forest Parks
    Posted at 12:32h, 10 April Reply

    It’s amazing how idyllic some places can be! I’ve not yet been to Italy but hopefully in the next year or so.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 13:22h, 10 April Reply

      Idyllic… You’re right! You’ll fall in love with Italy, I’m sure!

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)
    Posted at 20:42h, 08 April Reply

    Wow, that is a beautiful town! How come I have never heard of it until now, Simon??? Thanks for capturing it so well in this post.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 13:17h, 10 April Reply

      Oh Raul, it’s not surprising that you never heard of Bergamo. Italy is so full of amazing smaller cities and most foreign visitors focus on Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi coast. They sure are amazing and unique places, but Italy is so much more than that! This is the reason why I try to let people know about possible destinations that are often off the radar, although well worth a visit.

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 20:31h, 08 April Reply

    Love the photos. I’ve become a huge fan of cloudy days recently as the photos look amazing.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 20:52h, 08 April Reply

      You’re right, Jeremy, compared to the perfect spotless blue sky, clouds give any place much more character. What I don’t like is when the sky is grey-white, with no shades. That’s the worst to take pictures, at least for an amateur like me. Glad you liked the pics of beautiful Bergamo!

  • David @ That Gay Backpacker
    Posted at 19:36h, 08 April Reply

    Confession: I hadn’t heard of Bergamo until reading your post. But I certainly have now – it looks stunning! Another one to add to the list…

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 20:14h, 08 April Reply

      No worries, David, lots of people never heard about Bergamo :-). Italy is blessed by a huge number of small cities of incredible beauty, and Bergamo is just one of them. But if you ever get the chance, pay it a visit. It’s really worth.

  • Lori
    Posted at 19:00h, 08 April Reply

    Oh, Simon, these are such beautiful photos! I really love them – I loved taking this virtual photo tour by your side 😉

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 20:15h, 08 April Reply

      How kind of you, Lori. I liked the idea of letting people dream for a couple of minutes, through a virtual stroll in a beautiful place. If I succeeded a little bit, I’m just happy!

  • Johanna Bradley
    Posted at 12:12h, 08 April Reply

    Loved the bike and the lions especially. What a good looking place!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 17:14h, 08 April Reply

      Glad you liked the purple bike, Johanna. I’d love to have one like that!

  • Miruna
    Posted at 11:56h, 08 April Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful stroll!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 12:37h, 08 April Reply

      Thank you, Miruna. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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