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In close proximity to Milan lies the Italian city of Bergamo, located just south of the Bergamo Alps. You won't find many tourists there, but you should go nonetheless because it's a hidden gem. Bergamo is more than simply a gateway to its glamorous neighbour Milan, with its hilltop medieval fortress enclosed by Venetian walls, vistas of the snow-capped Alps, an excellent fine arts museum, and some of the region's finest restaurants. Located on two levels, the famed "Upper City" is home to a spectacular historic centre rich in monuments and pieces of art, while the Lower City is more contemporary and bustling. Iseo Lake and the Caravaggio Sanctuary are well worth the trip outside of the city, as is Crespi d'Adda, the most significant company town in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a seamless trip, book your Bergamo car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel for the best deals!

Guide of Bergamo


Bergamo is a city in the Italian region of Lombardia (Lombardy), situated to the northeast of Milan in the southern foothills of the Alps, between the Brembo and Serio rivers. Bergamo serves as the capital of Bergamo Province and is Lombardy’s fourth-largest city. It is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) to the northeast of Milan, and it is also not too far from the Swiss border, the Alpine Lakes of Como and Iseo, and Lakes Garda and Maggiore. To the north of Bergamo are the mountains known as the Alpe Orobie. The city has an upper and lower town that are connected by a cable train.

Climate in Bergamo

Bergamo's oceanic climate is affected by the Adriatic Sea. This means that winters are warmer than the rest of the country, while summers are milder at 27°C (82°F) on average. Bergamo is best visited in the spring (mid-April to early June) and fall (September and October). From late June to late August, Bergamo is full of tourists.


Once the heart of the Orobi people, the town of Bergomum was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC and renamed Bergamo. In the 12th century, after being rebuilt after being destroyed by Attila the Hun, it became an autonomous commune and the seat of a Lombard duchy. It was annexed to the Austrian Empire in 1815 and thereafter to the Kingdom of Italy in 1859.

Things To Do in Bergamo

Ride the Bergamo Funicular to reach the Citta Alta

Bergamo, a city in the Alpine foothills, is divided into two sections: the higher medieval district, known as the Citta Alta, and the modern city, known as the Citta Bassa. The antique funicular, built in 1887, is perhaps the most exhilarating means to traverse the slopes to reach the Citta Alta. It takes roughly five minutes to rise 85 meters and go 240 meters. The magnificent views of Bergamo will captivate you as you stroll through the UNESCO-listed Venetian Walls. To and from journeys at half-hour intervals, purchase your tickets at the station on Viale Vittorio Emanuele II in the new city.

Admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Maria Maggiore, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built in the 12th century to the south of Piazza Vecchi. The villagers are supposed to have prayed to the Virgin Mary for protection from the terrible plague that was ravaging much of Europe at the time. The church's front façade is particularly spectacular, guarded by four red and white lions. The interiors are adorned with sumptuous ceiling paintings, 16th-century tapestries, woodwork marquetry, and Baroque stuccos that will take your breath away. Like the locals, you may wish to pay your respects to the grave of Donizetti, an Italian musician who was born in the city and was buried here.

Tour the Accademia Carrara

The Accademia Carrara, one of Italy's best art museums, should not be missed by art lovers. It was named after the 18th-century count, Giacomo Carrara, who bequeathed his rare art collection to the city after his death. It is located near the Piazzale Guglielmo Oberdan in the northern section of Bergamo. At any one moment, around 500 paintings and 60 sculptures from the museum's 1500 paintings and 130 sculptures are on show. Works by Botticelli, Titan, Bellini, Lotto, Raffael, and others are included. There are also historical letters, engravings, drawings, and ceramics dating from the Renaissance period until the late 19th century.

Eating Out in Bergamo

Bergamo, which is relatively close to Milan, boasts a plethora of excellent eateries that appeal to the tastes and budgets of international tourists. Here are a few of our favourites. Al Carroponte is a large room created in a post-industrial style. You may also relax in their wonderful garden, which is filled with jasmine and vines. It functions as a wine bar, bistro, and restaurant all in one. Enjoy wholemeal tagliatelle, risotto with green apple, and a selection of raw and grilled meats. For your beverages, choose from over 1000 brands in their cellar. N.O.I (Nuova Osteria Italiana) offer a casual atmosphere with just 30 seats, yet the gourmet delights created and served here will definitely please even the most discriminating foodies. Enjoy meals such as the bruschetta with duck liver and veal brains, prawn ravioli, and pasta with tuna bottarga. Seafood enthusiasts should go to Arti, which is attractively equipped. Try the barley pie with Sicilian purple prawns, the goat potato with trout roe, and the grilled octopus with seaweed.



Bergamo is served by the Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY), located in the municipal territory of Orio al Serio, 5 kilometres from Bergamo city.

Getting Around Bergamo

Bergamo has an effective public transportation system that includes buses, taxis, and bike hires. The bus network is quite handy for travellers, and Line 1A is the most significant one to remember since it travels from Bergamo Train Station via the Citta Bassa's main street. The Bergamo railway station is on the route between Brescia and Lecco, and it can be found at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, which is in the city's southeast. It connects Bergamo with the rest of the country. Car hires are also popular among those travelling in large groups, with children, or those wishing to explore the stunning countryside in their own time.

Top Tips when hiring a car in Bergamo

● A great number of users encountered rental cars in Bergamo for less than £16 per day.

● Car hire companies found in the Bergamo Airport offer the best car hire deals, which are cheaper than any other popular car hire location such as the city centre.

● The Bergamo Airport car hire desks are also easy to find an offer way more options and variety than any car rental found in the Bergamo city centre.

● After you pick up your vehicle from Bergamo Airport, you can visit any of the nearby Italian cities, Lake Garda, San Pellegrino, Lake Como, and more. You'll need to hire a car to reach them conveniently.

● Booking your rental car in Bergamo in advance even if it's by at least 1 day before your trip will ensure you get cheap car hire deals.

● Compact hire car models in Bergamo are cheaper and more popular than other vehicle types. Compact cars are very convenient to drive around the city but also go on road trips on.

● When you reach the rent a car corner, make sure you have clear all the details of your agreement, such as pick up date and pick up time, pick up location, drop off date and drop off time and of course inform yourself about city limits, distance of the city from the Malpensa Airport and the times between the short shuttle bus in case you need to take it to reach the nearby car parks.

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FAQs about car hire in Bergamo

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Bergamo

Even though Bergamo is one of the least expensive touristic cities of Italy, you’ll still spend on average €82 per day during your trip there.
Yes, because Bergamo is a city best explored through a car. It will allow you to reach remote parts with leisure.
Visiting Bergamo you’ll want to see both the medieval part of the city and the modern part. Both are very beautiful and it is worth exploring them calmly.
The best months for good weather in Bergamo are August, September and October. On average, the warmest months are June, July and August. January is the coldest month of the year.
It’s €26 for a week, which means more or less €4 a day.
The cheapest cars will cost you €1162, or €38 per day.
The average price of a litre of fuel in Bergamo can vary between EUR 1.40 and EUR 1.22.

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