Top things to do in Central Lombardy

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 Museum in Brescia

Santa Giulia

The jumbled Monastero di Santa Giulia and Basilica di San Salvatore is Brescia's most intriguing sight. Inside this rambling church and convent complex, the Museo della Città houses collections that run the gamut fr…
Top Choice Museum in Cremona

Museo del Violino

The state-of-the-art Museo del Violino brings together the city's historic collection of violins and presents them alongside the tools of the trade. It also explores the development of the craft and why the instrume…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Pizzighettone

Cascina Valentino

On a working farm where cows are raised and asparagus is grown, the owners also offer up fine local cooking with only the freshest in-season ingredients – this is a real rural eating experience. Booking ahead is com…
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 Italian in Monte Isola

Locanda al Lago

The Soardi family has been serving up local dishes since 1948, perfecting deceptively simple treatments of lake fish. It means you can sit on their waterside terrace and feast on trout carpaccio or the day's catch c…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Sarnico

Enoteca Tresanda

A short stroll from the riverfront, this buzzing and jovial wine bar serves up phenomenal Italian vintages by the glass or bottle. Local varieties like bubbly Franciacorta and Valcalepio go nicely with cheese and me…
Top Choice Italian in Franciacorta

Due Colombe

In the small village of Borgonato, Due Colombe has earned a stellar reputation for its high-end cuisine thanks to the skills of head chef Stefano Cerveni. Delectable seasonal dishes coupled with an outstanding wine …
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…