A journey from the modern metropolis to the landscapes of Lombardy’s foothills and hillsides, all the way to the Bergamo Prealps. Your starting point is Bergamo, which for many years was the embassy of Venice in Lombardy, a city of art and of illustrious figures, from the composer of Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti, after whom the city’s delightful theatre is named, to leading lights of the fashion world, such as the Trussardi brothers. It is a destination that invites you to lose yourself amid uncontaminated nature and industrial archaeology, as in the wonderful workers’ village of Crespi d’Adda.
Bergamo is split into two parts: ‘de hura’ (the upper town) and ‘de hota’ (the lower town). The heart of the upper town is constituted by Piazza Vecchia, of which Le Corbusier said “Not one stone should be moved out of place, it would be a crime to do so”, and Piazza Duomo, which plays host to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, containing precious intarsia by Lorenzo Lotto.
Then there is Lake Iseo, on the border between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo, with delightful little villages dotting its shoreline, wild cliffs and a single inhabited island – Mount Isola. Cycling fanatics will enjoy pedalling their way up the Val Brembana and the Val Seriana, both of which are paradises for those with a passion for outdoor tourism, offering everything from climbing to snowshoe racing, skiing and adventure parks.
Visit Caravaggio, the city that provided the moniker for the great painter
Marvel at Crespi d'Adda, the delightful workers’ village that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a trip on the River Adda in search of the gorges painted by Leonardo in his “Virgin of the Rocks”
Discover the Grotte delle Meraviglie (Caves of Wonder) in the Val Brembana
Take a panoramic cruise on Lake Iseo
Visit the Rotonda di San Tomè, a small but stunning 12th-century church
Place a bet at the Casino in San Pellegrino Terme
Go skiing at Gromo in the Val Seriana
Explore the history of Riva yachts, created right here on Lake Iseo
Reach Bergamo’s upper town (Bergamo Alta) on the funicular and savour a glamorous aperitif in Piazza Vecchia