2015-02-022015-02-02 Bergamo Campervan Hire
Bergamo Campervan Hire
Bergamo is the city on a hill, found in the Lombardy district of Italy. It still has much of its ancient wall surrounding the city, so retains the feel of its medieval beginnings. Inside the walls, many of its historical buildings are perfectly preserved. Include Bergamo in your Italian motorhome road trip, as it is just under an hour from Milan, and experience the history and outdoor opportunities of the Lombardy region.
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Road Trips from Bergamo
Bergamo Airport, (Orio Al Serio) is a 15 minute drive from the city, but it is also the service airport for Milan, being just 45kms away. It is serviced by mainly budget airlines that have made a weekend in Milan, or a short jaunt to an Italian ski resort an affordable option. It takes just over 2 hours to drive to Venice, so it is possible to do as a day trip. Turin is also a short drive away.
In case you would like to go explore the rest of Europe, you could head to either France or Switzerland.
Where to stay in Bergamo
Campground Don Bosco is in the nearby town of Onore, about 35 kilometres North-East of Bergamo. It is an attractive mountain campsite with flat pitches for motorhomes, a pool and a playground. The managers can organise day trips by foot, mountain-bike or on horses in the surrounding area.
Eating and Drinking in Bergamo
Vineyards flourish in the Bergamask Hills, with a long-established winemaking tradition. It has its own area-controlled region, Valcalepio DOC. Their acclaimed red wines are a cabernet sauvignon blend. The most elusive variety is Moscato DOC Passito, from rare vine Moscato di Scanzo, which was rediscovered in the 1980s, and makes a sweet, red muscatel raisin wine. Local cheeses and polenta flour are other specialities.
Try the local polenta at Polentone, a fast-turnaround Italian street-food merchant. You get a steaming bowl of polenta with a choice of sauce, made from local delicacies such as wild boar or venison. You can have the polenta unadulterated or enhanced with cheese and butter, taragna, style.
What to see and do in Bergamo
Bergamo is an all-year-round destination, offering historic buildings and art galleries. It is near ski resorts for winter and water-sports on the lakes in summer. Start your exploration in the town square, the Piazza Vecchia. This beautiful plaza is dominated by the Campanone, the civic tower. A great innovation for tourists is the glass lift that rises 30 metres inside the tower, to see the expansive views from the top. Also visit the Academa Carrera, an important fine art museum with an outstanding collection of Italian paintings.
The ski regions of Bergamo are within an hour’s drive. There are five resorts, adding up to a total of 140 kilometres of downhill skiing, serviced by 44 ski lifts. If skiing is not for you, ride a snow mobile along the trails or try ice-skating.
The largest lake near to Bergamo is Lake Iseo. You can hire a boat or ride across on the ferries to other lakeside villages, but the best way to explore is by mountain bike. Ride the perimeter from village to village, then take your bike on the ferry to the island of Montisola, to explore this car-free paradise. Just park up your camper rental and get some invigorating exercise.
Staying safe: Driving tips for Italy
Outside of city centres, you must drive with your headlights on at all times. There are lots of roundabouts in Italy and generally speaking the vehicle already on the roundabout has right of way, but there are some exceptions, so follow the local example and observe signage - you can usually figure out the meaning!