Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Bergamo, Italy.
Though quite often overlooked, Bergamo is well worth a visit for its history and artefacts that speak volumes of the importance this city enjoyed in the past.
The city is divided into two parts; Citta Alta, or the old town, and the Citta Bassra, or the new town. The old town has a lot to offer the visitor. Its history stretches back for 2,000 years and as it belonged to the Venetians, the architecture of the ancient buildings reflects their style. It still maintains a medieval character and is best enjoyed on foot.
Step back in time on the oldest medieval covered stairway in the Piazza Vecchia that was built in 1453. There are also ancient memorials that line the stairway and are well worth a visit. Most of these paintings and monuments have been brought here from buildings that have been abandoned or in a precarious condition. Click some memorable pictures at the fountain in the middle of the piazza. From here head to Alta, often referred to as ‘the most beautiful square in the world’. You can appreciate the ancient fountains and buildings that dot the area and are a visual delight. Move on to take the lift to the top of the Bell Tower that offers a great view of the Alps lit by the setting sun.
From here head to the Civic Library to view the priceless manuscripts and parchments that are on display. Take in the Fountain of Alvise Contarini, which looks quite attractive when illuminated at night. Move on to the Pallazo Della Ragione, which dates back to medieval times. There is an impressive sundial here, besides several interesting sculptures that dot the building. The upper rooms hold exhibitions, events and meetings. There are some interesting frescoes too that date back to the 1300s, as well as many artworks on the outside of the building.
The bell tower is another historical building that is worth a visit. Standing 53 meters tall, this tower was constructed in the 11th century and has a bell that tolls every half hour. In times past, it’s ringing at 10pm served as a warning that the gates of the city were closing. The practice of ringing the bell continues to this day. Take a break and watch the city go about its business as you sit down near the civic tower and spend an hour watching the world go by.
A visit to Bergamo is one you will enjoy and remember for a long time!
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Bergamo? Then below is a selection of Apartments in Bergamo and villas in Bergamo that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.