Visit Bergamo & Lake Como in 5 Days
As an avid lover of Italian cuisine, the moment I stepped off the plane and discovered Le Stagioni restaurant in Bergamo, I was immediately enamored. The aroma of freshly prepared pasta dishes filled the air, tantalizing my taste buds and promising a gastronomic journey like no other. The passion and craftsmanship exhibited in every dish at Le Stagioni left me in awe, setting the tone for an unforgettable culinary adventure throughout my stay. From savoring traditional dishes in quaint trattorias to indulging in exquisite lakeside dining in Lake Como, I was continuously impressed by the flavors, textures and artistry that Italian food has to offer.
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Mandarin Oriental, Milan
Near La Scala and Via Montenapoleone, offering luxurious rooms and suites, fine dining and a private spa.
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VISTA Palazzo Lago di Como
Palazzo-style accommodation directly on Lake Como.
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Chic and elegant Lake Como
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Day 1: Arrival in Bergamo
Check into your hotel in the historic Città Alta (Upper Town) of Bergamo, known for its charming cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.
Explore the hidden gems of Città Alta, such as the beautiful Piazza Vecchia and the towering Bergamo Cathedral.
Enjoy a delightful dinner at Ristorante Da Mimmo, located in the heart of Città Alta, offering authentic Italian cuisine with a cozy atmosphere.
Day 2: Discovering Bergamo's Art and Culture
Start your day by visiting the Accademia Carrara, an art gallery housing a remarkable collection of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces.
Take a leisurely stroll along the ancient Venetian Walls, offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes.
Indulge in a delicious lunch at Trattoria La Colombina, a hidden gem known for its traditional Bergamasque cuisine.
Spend the afternoon exploring the Donizetti Museum, dedicated to the famous Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti.
In the evening, dine at Le Stagioni in Orio al Serio, a renowned restaurant serving delectable dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
Day 3: Lake Como's Tranquil Charms
Depart from Bergamo and travel to Lake Como, where you'll check into a boutique hotel in the picturesque town of Varenna.
Embark on a scenic boat ride across Lake Como, admiring the charming villages and breathtaking mountain backdrop.
Explore the lesser-known village of Bellagio, known for its elegant villas, cobbled streets and stunning gardens.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Trattoria San Giacomo, a hidden gem offering traditional Lombard cuisine and lakefront views.
Take a relaxing stroll along the promenade in Varenna, savoring the tranquility and beauty of the lake.
Day 4: Hidden Gems of Lake Como
Venture to the village of Torno, known for its charming narrow streets and colorful houses. Visit the Villa Pliniana, an enchanting lakeside villa with a rich history.
Explore the lush gardens of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, featuring stunning botanical displays and breathtaking lake views.
Enjoy a memorable lunch at Ristorante Al Veluu, nestled in the hills above Tremezzo, serving exquisite regional dishes in a romantic setting.
Visit the picturesque fishing village of Menaggio, where you can wander along the waterfront promenade and soak in the serene atmosphere.
Return to Varenna for a relaxing evening and savor a delightful dinner at Il Cavatappi, a cozy restaurant known for its homemade pasta and warm hospitality.
Day 5: Farewell to Bergamo and Lake Como
Before departing, take a morning walk along the beautiful Varenna Esplanade, enjoying the stunning views of Lake Como.
Visit Villa Monastero in Varenna, a historic villa with magnificent gardens and a charming lakeside location.
Indulge in a leisurely lunch at Ristorante La Vista, offering panoramic views of the lake and delectable Italian cuisine.
Head back to Bergamo to explore the modern lower town, known as Città Bassa, with its lively shopping streets and contemporary attractions.
Bid farewell to the enchanting region of Bergamo and Lake Como, taking home unforgettable memories of your off-the-beaten-path adventure.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Travel Advisor Bella Rose's guide to Italy, The All-Access Guide to Ischia, Italy.
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