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.
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.
Although it is possible to walk from the lower town to the upper old town, most of the streets are very steep. The simplest and most relaxing way of making the journey is by taking the city’s funicular railway. As Bergamo is fairly compact, it is relatively straightforward to get around the city on foot. However, there are a number of regular bus services in operation and tickets can be purchased which allow travel on the buses and the funicular railway.
Flights to Bergamo will land in Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY), which is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) from the city centre. A regular bus service runs between the airport and the city, and tickets can be purchased either from tourist information points within the airport or at the machines located at the bus stop. A taxi journey takes roughly 15 minutes but can often be expensive.