There’s one reason for which dessert is the last piece of a lunch/dinner: you need a sweet memory at the end. So it happens that I kept Bergamo as the last post about the trip in Italy, because it was the best city we’ve seen in the 3 days while roaming around Milan.
There are multiple ways to get to Bergamo, but we’ve chosen the train from the main station of Milan. The tickets are easy to bought from the machines inside the station and, compared with NL, you can easily use banknotes – not only card. One ticket was 5.5e which was a good price for a almost 1 hour trip. Don’t expect for extraordinary landscapes during the trip, but be prepared for amazing views in the city.
The road goes right from the main entrance of the station to the base of the upper old town center. From this point to the above side it is not much of a walk, but, at the recommendation of a colleague, we’ve used the funicular because we’ve wanted to begin our stroll from the highest point – San Vigilio. The funicular will first leave you at the entrance of the old town and from there you need to pass through the entire citadel in order to get to the next start point of the funicular – S. Alessandro Gate.
Exactly at the exit of the funicular stop there’s a terrace with a view point to the old city center. The prices are acceptable for a coffee, so even if you are on a strict budget you should stop and enjoy the view. (It is not mandatory at this terrace, since there’s a small balcony at the funicular too) Especially if there’s sun as we were luck enough to have it.
Because we’ve got there around lunch time we’ve decided to walk to Trattoria Parietti, a place which was again recommended by my colleague and which was the best place we’ve eaten while in Italy. The walking route will bring you first at San Vigilio castle – which is open for visit free of charge and which offers view points at each corner.
The road goes in serpentine, but there’s also room for some pedestrian walk. After 2 km we’ve got to the trattoria, which was crowded with Italians enjoying their lunch. And guess what? In this place you will not find pasta or pizza, but polenta – which was amazing! I always thought that polenta is a Balkan dish, but it seemed it is quite common in North of Italy as well. The one I had in Bergamo reminded me of home and childhood, because it had the exact taste of a type of polenta my mother used to make in the evenings. Outside the good food, the people working there were very nice and welcoming in such a way that they gave us a souvenir at departure:
Truly satisfied by our choice we’ve headed to the city, to wander for multiple hours on the tiny streets, enjoying the sun and the good weather we had on a winter day. The old city center is composed of narrow streets, exceptional buildings and, of course, many churches. During our walk on the hidden streets we’ve got to a church which was open and there was no one inside. The ceiling of the church was painted in such a beautiful way and the windows around the arch were bringing the colors into more light.
What else I’ve liked? The top of the houses, the windows, the feeling of a beautiful city, the views and simply the fact that I was there.