My Wife and I have just got back from spending New Year in Bergamo.
I must say it really has been a great little holiday. Due to the efficiency of bus from the airport and a little preplanning, we were drinking a carafe of wine in Ristorante La Ciotola and ordering our dinner inside 50 minutes of landing, having already deposited our bags in the hotel.
The NH Bergamo was really excellent and the staff could not have done more for us really. They have lots of photocopied maps freely available at the front desk and will point out restaurants, attractions etc. They really couldn’t do enough so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Free Wifi was also available in the lobby
Breakfast was a buffet system and fairly substantial. No complaints here at all.
There is a Spar supermarket next door for bottles of drinks, snacks etc.
If I was going to be super picky and point out one thing that I would like to see improved is the number of English language channels in the room – but then again who on earth goes to somewhere like Bergamo to watch the TV?
On the first day we wandered around the new town and then took the cog railway up to the old town (approx 2 euros pp for a day ticket). We then took the second cog railway up to the very top. There is a restaurant at the top with what seemed like the most stunning views and the prices didn’t seem too expensive either. If only we had been hungry at this time I think it could have been the highlight of our trip. If anyone goes, let me know, I would love to know what it was like.
We also took a day trip to Milan from the train station (10 euros return pp) and enjoyed that as it is only about 45 minutes away. We then jumped on the metro and were at the Duomo in minutes. The city is a lovely place for a walk around and can easily be done from Bergamo.
Take the number 1 (usually marked Airport bus) ATB bus from outside the Airport and it will take you to Bergamo Rail Station in about 10 minutes – 2 euros per person. From here it is only about 3 or 4 minute walk to the hotel. You can use google street view to establish exactly where you need to go, but it only involves taking one real turning. On the way back to the Airport make sure you get the number 1 bus and not the 1C, because this will take you into the old town first of all.
We knew about Bergamo years ago and should have gone sooner. Hope you have as good a time as we did – you wont regret it.
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