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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Bergamo due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Of Lombardy’s four great historic cities, Bergamo might just be the finest, courtesy of its handsomely walled old town, antique but atmospheric main piazza and – lest we forget – overachieving Serie A football team (Atalanta).

Split into two sections: alto (the old town atop a hill) and basso (the newer town inhabiting the plains below), Bergamo juxtaposes medieval monuments with the footprints of 21st-century hipsters. Herein, 600-year-old cafes stand alongside brand new ‘coffee labs’.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Bergamo.