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Top Choice Gastronomy in Bergamo

Da Vittorio

Bergamo's acclaimed Vittorio is set in a country house 9km east of town and is up there with the best restaurants in Italy, thanks to the celebrated talents of Bergamo-born chef Enrico Cerea. The guiding thought beh…
Top Choice Gallery in Bergamo

Accademia Carrara

Just east of the old city walls is one of Italy's great art repositories. Founded in 1780, it contains an exceptional range of Italian masters. Raphael's San Sebastiano is a highlight, and other artists represented …
Top Choice Italian in Bergamo

Noi

Thirty-something chef Tommaso Spagnolo learned his craft at celebrated restaurants in London and New York (including the top-rated Eleven Madison Park) before returning to his hometown to open this creative osteria …
Top Choice Tower in Bergamo

Torre del Campanone

Bergamo's colossal, square-based Torre del Campanone soars 52m above the city. It still tolls a bell at 10pm, the legacy of an old curfew. Taking the lift to the top of the tower reveals sweeping views down onto the…
Top Choice Museum in Bergamo

Palazzo del Podestà

On the northwest side of Piazza Vecchia, the fresco-dappled Palazzo del Podestà was traditionally home to Venice's representative in Bergamo. Today, the medieval building houses a small imaginative museum with audio…
Piazza in Bergamo

Piazza Vecchia

The Upper Town's beating heart is the cafe-clad Piazza Vecchia, lined by elegant architecture that is a testament in stone and brick to Bergamo's long and colourful history. Its highlights include the Palazzo Nuovo,…
Basilica in Bergamo

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Bergamo's most striking church, begun in 1137, is quite a mishmash of styles. To its whirl of Romanesque apses (on which some external frescoes remain visible), Gothic additions were added. Influences seem to come f…
Italian in Bergamo

Vineria Cozzi

Things have changed little since the original wine dealer started here in 1848. Elegant tables with delicate wrought-iron-backed chairs, globe lamps and red-and-white-checked floors make a charming setting for brusc…
Italian in Bergamo

La Tana

In the upper town, but just off the beaten path, La Tana remains exceptionally popular for painstakingly prepared Bergamesque dishes served in a sun-drenched interior of exposed brick and colourful artwork, or out o…
Performing Arts in Bergamo

Teatro Donizetti

Named after the famed composer who was born in Bergamo, this is one of Lombardy's grand opera houses and dates back to the 18th century. The dazzling, horseshoe-shaped theatre hosts a wide range of fare, including b…