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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 Museum in Bergamo

Palazzo del Podestà

In this superbly imaginative seven-room museum a rich range of audiovisual and interactive displays tell the story of Bergamo's Venetian age. Expect animated maps, high-tech re-creations of printing typefaces and a …
Top Choice Italian in Bergamo

Colleoni & Dell'Angelo

Grand Piazza Vecchia provides the ideal backdrop to savour truly top-class creative cuisine. Sit at an outside table in summer or opt for the noble 15th-century interior; either way expect to encounter dishes such a…
Top Choice Osteria in Bergamo

Osteria della Birra

Being the official osteria of craft brewers this convivial eatery ensures there’s a top selection on tap; the tangy Indie Ale tastes particularly fine. So squeeze in at a tiny table or lounge in the courtyard and ch…
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 the old curfew. Taking the lift to the top of the tower reveals sweeping views down onto th…
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 and a parchment-yellow paint scheme ensure a welcoming atmosphere and seem much…
Bergamese in Bergamo

Antica Hosteria del Vino Buono

Feast on typical dishes like cheese-sprinkled casoncelli (homemade pasta cushions filled with a spicy sausage meat and laced with a buttery sage sauce) followed by a plate of stinco al forno con polenta (baked pork …
Basilica in Bergamo

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Begun in 1137, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore 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 c…
Chapel in Bergamo

Cappella Colleoni

The Cappella Colleoni was built between 1472 and 1476 as a magnificent mausoleum-cum-chapel for the Bergamese mercenary commander Bartolomeo Colleoni (c 1400–75), who led Venice's armies in campaigns across northern…
Italian in Bergamo

Polentone

Styling itself as Italy's first polenta takeaway, Polentone serves up steaming bowls of polenta in the sauce of your choice, including wild boar and venison. Choose between gialla (simple, corn polenta) or taragna (…