A cobblestoned town with Venetian walls, Bergamo offers insights into Italian history like nowhere else.
This tour gives you the opportunity to live and breathe life in Bergamo with the help of an expert guide. We’ll depart from Como at 9:30 or Tremezzo at 10:00 and make the hour and a half journey to Bergamo by coach, via the ferry across Lake Como. Known as one of the oldest and most attractive towns in northern Italy – sometimes called ‘mini Florence of the north’ – the city dates back to the Middle Ages. Indeed, there is still a true feeling of history to be soaked up here, and the upper town encircled by Venetian walls has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.
On arrival in Bergamo, you’ll have some free time to stroll around the streets, soak up the atmosphere and choose your perfect lunch spot. Bergamo is known for its foodie credentials, with local dishes including casoncelli alla bergamasca – pasta with a meat filling and butter sauce – and risotto alla bergamasca, incorporating a variety of fresh vegetables hailing from northern Italy.
After lunch your guided tour of Bergamo will commence, when you’ll learn more about the famous Venetian defensive system, the 14th century citadel, numerous palaces and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – built in 1137 on the site of a 7th century edifice. One you’ve explored the fascinating and history-filled streets of Bergamo with your expert guide, we’ll return by coach to Lake Como.
Operates on a Thursday. Prices from £67 per person. Ferry tickets not included. Other departures such as Bellagio and Cadenabbia on request.