A Day in Bergamo



Wed May 11

I took the train to Bergamo this morning and was there by 10am. Then it was a short bus ride up the hill to Bergamo Alta, the upper part and historic center of Bergamo. My friend Olga had suggested going here as she had visited Bergamo and thought I would enjoy it. She was right! It is one of those towns built on a hill, but by now the steps and inclines don’t bother me anymore. I loved walking around and finding the Rocca high on a hill. From there I had a panoramic view of the city, as well as a quiet atmosphere in the park surrounding the fortress.


The little streets and shops were exactly as Olga had told me, and Piazza Vecchio was a wonderful spot to people watch. There were flowers everywhere in a multitude of colors, and I could smell the freshly baked pastries on every street. Although there were other tourists there, it was not very crowded.


There are two funiculars there, and I was going to take one up to the highest point and see Castello San Vigilio, but like most shops in Italy, even the funicular was closed between 1 and 3. I noticed the prices here were lower than in Verona and there were clothes hanging out once again on balconies and beneath windows.


After awhile I needed a rest from walking and also was a little tired so I had lunch, a pomodoro and mozzarella bruschetta, at Ristorante Campanello and it was just enough. Olga, thank you or telling me about this wonderful place!


On the train ride back to Verona, I noticed all the grape vines and farmers cutting their fields of grain. The train is good for being able to see a lot of the area. After returning to Verona I went to Piazza delle Erbe for my last evening there, and enjoyed dinner at Ai Lamberti.




About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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2 Responses to A Day in Bergamo

  1. Bonnie D says:

    There is a picture of a companionway that is arched and cobblestoned. It is such a beutiful point in time. Many of your photos are but I really loved that little flash point.


  2. Jill says:

    Margie, what fascinating architecture! Love the photo of the woman walking!
    Love you , too, and catching up with what you are doing each day is such a treat!!


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