We are currently looking into options for an (initial) long term let in Italy, specifically Bergamo. Whilst we love Italy, almost beyond reason, we know the country well enough to know that it is a bureaucratic nightmare and that any move will be stressful, at best 😉 We also know that doing what we do – website design & online independent business promotion, specifically – wherever we opt for, has to have internet as good as we have at home. And in Italy, almost like the land that time forgot in terms of good broadband connections, we have to get this right or clients will almost certainly feel a little less favourable about their web designers hopping abroad for a bit.
So, last weekend, we popped over to Bergamo for a short stay & another recce. It is quite literally, one of the easiest places to do, door to door. We are very lucky where we live – 30 seconds away from the road that connects us to an international airport 5 miles away. And, almost the same at the other end. A 15 minute taxi ride (about 25 euros) or a slightly longer, but much less expensive bus ride (3 euros), right up to the heart of Citta Alta, Bergamo’s majestic old medieval walled town.
We’ve stayed in lots of places in Bergamo, including a couple of weeks in an apartment in a beautiful old building in Citta Bassa, but none have been as beautiful as Casa Maria, right on the edge of the old town and within striking distance of Piazza Vecchia AND the funicular to the highest part of Bergamo and its castle, San Vigilio. We initially found Casa Maria on booking.com, but it is also listed on Air BnB – there is very little difference in price, so where you book would probably come down to availability. Andrea, the host, is fantastic – impeccable English, which for us is a bonus as we try to get to grips with the intricacies of Italian – and clearly with an eye for real detail as demonstrated throughout the top notch apartment.
It’s located at the top of the building – four flights up, so if you have limited mobility you might struggle as the building cannot unfortunately accommodate a lift. However, once you’ve huffed & puffed up – and you can take a scenery break half way up 😉 – it’s worth it. Here’s what we called home for five days last week..