Upper Bergamo with kids

Eleonora Ruzzenenti | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Bergamo is a kid's dream of a medieval walled city. Bergamo – a city in the North of Italy – is usually known for its industrial history or for its airport but few people remember its architectural beauty. But the city offers to those who want to discover little treasures, museums, ancient palaces, churches and monuments that can be compared with those of other more famous italian cities. There are many things to do in Bergamo so as to allow the candidacy for European Capital of Culture for 2019. The city of Bergamo is composed of two parts, there is the Città Alta (Upper Town), built up on the hills, and the Città Bassa (Lower Town), which is a lively financial, industrial and administrative centre. The Bergamo Upper Town is a small gem and I can assure you that it is a perfect destination for a day out with the kids for many reasons.

The Upper City is where kids will want to explore, and there are two easy ways to go up from the Lower City – the funicular or the city bus. In my opinion the best way to get to Citta’ Alta with kids is to leave your car in the Lower Town and take the funicular, it goes straight up the hillside, and you'll want to ride it more than once, but you can also get there by bus. The center is completely pedestrian and you can explore the medieval streets that open into squares and plazas, lined with palaces and towers and small restaurants, cafes and bakeries that sell local products also suitable for children as the sweet “polenta e osei” ( a sort of cake made of sugar shaped as a local dish made of birds and cornmeal mush. If you are travelling with kids they’ll enjoy a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences of Bergamo or the Botanical Gardens.

If the day is sunny a great idea is to take the cable car and go up to San Vigilio, where you can enjoy a splendid view over the valley and where you can relax while the kids can play in the park safely. At the end I can assure you that a trip to Bergamo is really an opportunity to spend a day together to find out an unexpected city.

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