We’ve flown in and out of Bergamo Airport many times because a) it is perfectly located for our travels in and around Northern Italy (and most recently, into Istria) and b) you can usually always grab a bargain flight price if you can be flexible.
However, now that it has been rebranded as Caravaggio International Airport, (also still known as Orio al Serio International Airport), there are many more reasons to love it. Landing is an absolute joy, if you land in daylight hours and are lucky enough to be seated on the right hand side. Look out of the window and there, in all its glory, up on the hill, is Bergamo Citta Alta. I never, ever tire of this view.
Departing always used to be horrible as it meant we were leaving Bergamo, but that has been softened with the airport refurb. Before you go through security, if you’re either incredibly early or your flight has been delayed, there are now sleeping pods for weary travellers. Not many, only four at most, but it’s a start. As well as a bed (queen-size), there’s a desk and chargng points. At 9 euros an hour, it’s not cheap to get a bit of shut-eye/privacy, but when your other choice is a metal airport chair, well…
But then you get through security – and, again a plus point, as all very civilised. The queues just make sense and work. Unlike in other airports, closer to home! Once through, it’s a different airport world. There are NO chains. NO gaudy burger restaurants. NO litter. NO loud, thumping music.
The whole food hall is supported by The Lombardy Slow Food Movement, and ALL food outlets are independent and local. There’s a craft ale shop/bar, a wine/prosecco bar, a charcuterie, a truffle (savoury) outlet, a cheese & meats emporium, a fresh pasta outlet and in the centre, a beautiful circular bar. You’d be forgiven for thinking that with outlets like this, prices would be prohibitive. Not so. We arrived quite early and had a good three hours to kill before our flight – we had a fresh pasta meal and probably the best part of two bottles of amazingly good wine. Less than 30 euros.
Never thought we’d say it, but we’ve had much less pleasurable nights out, closer to home, than in the now beautiful departures area of Bergamo Airport…
And because there’s also free wi-fi and plenty of photo opportunities, you’ll also be needing the use of the free charging stations 🙂