When is the best time to visit Bergamo?
The months of February to May and September to October are the best times to book flights to Bergamo. If you are visiting in February make sure to plan your trip around the world renowned ‘Carneval of Alme’ celebrations which takes place in Bergamo as well as Venice. Festivities in Bergamo are a spectacular display and Bergamo sees less tourism than Venice making it easier to take part in all the activities and events on offer. Locals and travellers can enjoy colourful parades of costumes, masks and music. The weather is ideal during these months for exploring the sights of the city on foot. During the latter part of February, the city plays host to its annual carnival, a feast of music, dance and colourful costumes.
If you are looking for a cheap flight to Bergamo, the off-season months of January, March and November are the best time to go. Accommodation is less expensive, cheap flights to Bergamo are easier to find and the city tends to be a little less crowded.
Why visit Bergamo?
Located in the beautiful region of Lombardy, Bergamo is one of Italy's most charming destinations. Those taking a flight to Bergamo will enjoy the dramatic mountain scenery of the Alps that provides the perfect backdrop for the city, which is a picture postcard vision of historic Italy. Bergamo is split into two distinct areas - the Città Alta, which is the historic part of the city perched upon a hilltop and the Città Bassa, a more modern area which lies on the plains below. A maze of narrow alleyways, medieval buildings, Gothic churches and quaint pavement cafes, the Città Alta is the main reason Bergamo has become such a popular tourist destination in recent years. The richness of the historic treasures contained within the Città Alta has seen this part of the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At the heart of the old town, the Piazza Vecchia is the very definition of elegance and Renaissance architecture. This magnificent square is surrounded by a dizzying array of traditional cafes and a host of important historic buildings, such as the 12th century Palazzo della Ragione, a fine example of Venetian-Gothic architecture and the Palazzo Nuovo, which now houses the city library and the Torre del Campanone where you can still hear the bell mark the city's ancient curfew every evening. From above the ancient Venetian walls which surround the Città Bassa, the views of the surrounding countryside and the imposing peaks of the Alps are truly breath-taking, and a great reason to take a flight to Bergamo.