It’s no secret that we adore Bergamo, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Easily accessible – the international airport is no more than 5km from the beautiful walled upper town – we try to escape here as often as we can. And in the coming weeks/months, we’ll be doing it even more so as we begin the transformation of the stone farmhouse we have bought in Istria, northern Croatia. The drive from Bergamo across to Istria is stunning if you have the time to avoid the motorway/toll roads and take in Brescia, Verona, Venice and Trieste and one we hope to be doing much more of.
We’ve found really lovely places to stay previously in Bergamo, but we think on our last visit we found a gem. Located in Citta Alta, just through Porta S. Alessandro, it is in a perfect position to explore the old town. Access to it is great, as there are a number of means :
- The Airport Bus leaves Orio al Serio “Il Caravaggio” Airport every 20 minutes, calls at Bergamo Station, near the city centre, and then reaches Città Alta (Upper Town)
- A taxi is relatively inexpensive & quicker – the last one we took cost approximately 20 euros, with the advantage of being door to door if you have luggage
- The Funicular is maybe not as convenient, but is the most lovely way to arrive in Citta Alta – especially as the apartment is at the other end of Alta and so you have to walk through the cobbled main street (only about 15 minutes and stunningly beautiful). Through Porta S. Alessandro, you will see Funicolare San Vigilio – the apartment is a little further on, but this funicular will take you up to the vantage point of San Vigilio and its castle. Breathtaking – and a must do trip.
- If you arrive by car, there are plenty of parking places in & around Citta Alta – blue bays are what you’d usually be looking for, but when you stay at this apartment, you can park in a yellow bay, reserved for residents’ only. Patrizia, the owner, advised us to keep the inevitable parking ticket we’d get and she would deal with it, as we only did an overnight stay and didn’t have the time to sort ourselves. For longer stays, she sorts this in advance. True to her word, she did sort – we just emailed the PDF of the ticket and she sent back the documentation to show it had been dealt with. This is definitely worth knowing if you stay for longer, as free parking is definitely an advantage.
Upper Town, as the apartment is called, is housed within one of Citta Alta’s impressive old buildings on the cobbled Via Borgo Canale. The entrance way, once through the very old wooden door, is an impressive internal courtyard, very tastefully decorated. Patrizia’s duplex apartment is on the second floor and really has the wow factor of being extremely contemporary, but clearly with a nod to the history of the building. Walls are white or polished concrete, floors are tiled or wooden, furniture is immaculate and so tasteful – greys & creams being the main colour scheme. Everything has been thought of for your comfort – it is one of the best equipped apartments we have stayed in. Wi-fi is strong and consistent. The bed is beyond comfortable – so much so that we are actually sourcing the mattress. No better recommenation! The bedroom is on the lower floor, with the open plan living room/kitchen/dining room and bathroom, with a separate toilet and shower on the upper floor. It is very light and airy, with skylights in the eaves. Original wooden beams look just gorgeous against the crisp white ceiling.
We also know that there can’t be that many places which have this kind of view from the bathroom window…
We booked via Booking.Com and more information can be found here. We paid € 78.40 for a one night stay, and it was worth every single cent. We have definitely found our go-to place to stay whenever in Bergamo – we just hope that the word doesn’t get out too much 😉