The city of Bergamo Alta has been described as the prettiest open-air museum in the world . Birthplace of the opera writer, Gaetano Donizetti, this sophisticated and stunning small town contains no building newer than the seventeenth century. The cobbled streets contain medieval towers and wonderful views at every turn, and the main piazza is one of the most beautiful in all Italy.
We start our excursion from the picture-postcard, historic village of Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como, having crossed by ferry or boat. We then travel by coach along the scenic eastern shore of the lake to the town of Lecco and on past mountain scenery to Bergamo, approaching the historic city from the modern town of Bergamo Bassa, a notable city in its own right.
You will then have free time for lunch and to explore the town. Bergamo is well known for its meats, cheeses, wines and specialities, both savoury and sweet. You may wish to make your way to a scenic viewing point or visit one of the excellent museums. Or you may simply wish to browse the smart shops and picturesque streets.
In the afternoon we join our expert city guide for an interesting and entertaining tour around some of the streets and monuments of Bergamo, including the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the greatest churches in northern Italy, and the chapel of the great condottiere, Bartolomeo Colleoni, which adjoins it.
This is a day of beauty and history in a unique city untouched by modernity.