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Kristine Sprula (Lielause)  Identity Verified
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Mar 22, 2009

Dear colleagues,
I would really appreciate if you could advise me must-see sites in Bergamo and Milan. In Bergamo I will spend one full day, in Milan - some 6 hours. Not interested in shopping


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David Russi  Identity Verified
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Milano Mar 22, 2009

Go to the center of town, visit the Duomo and the Galleria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TySrQW8wEjQ), which is right off Piazza del Duomo, then make your way down Via Dante, through Largo cairoli (http://www.360cities.net/image/largo-cairoli-between-via-dante-and-castello-sforzesco) to the Castello Sforzesco (http://www.milanocastello.it/ita/home.html). If you have time, you can visit the small museum in the castle. I can't imagine you would not be entertained for 6 hours...

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Raffaella Panigada  Identity Verified
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Milano Mar 22, 2009

Hi Kristine,
in addition to what David suggested, if you are passionate about art you can visit the Pinacoteca di Brera (a short walking distance from Piazza del Duomo), or, if you are lucky enough to be in Milano on a sunny day like this, you might decide to end your day with a stroll in Parco Sempione (accessible from Castello Sforzesco).
Only a couple of subway stations away there is another nice park (Giardini di Via Palestro) with the Museum of Natural History. And if you are planning this trip well in advance (the waiting list is really depressing even for us locals) you might want to try to book a visit to Leonardo's Last Supper and the nearby Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica (old planes, trains, a whole submarine - but you need to book to get inside - models of Leonardo's inventions and if you go during the weekend laboratories for the whole family running all day long - 5 senses, light, soap bubbles, paper making, recycling, physics and they might have added a few more since I stopped working there!).
Other museums in the downtown area include Palazzo Reale and La Triennale: check out if they are having exhibits that might interest you.
I'm not an expert on Bergamo but "città alta" is really scenic.

Buon viaggio!
Raffaella

[Edited at 2009-03-22 19:26 GMT]


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Bergamo Mar 22, 2009

Hi Kristine

I often spend an afternoon in Bergamo before catching a flight home.
I only ever go to the Città Alta, the old town on top of the hill.
You catch a funicular to reach it. It is mostly pedestrianised and full of churches, galleries, museums and interesting small shops and restaurants.
I am a fan of the 17th century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo and the Capella Colleoni has a number of his works.
Here's a selection of English language websites to whet your appetite.
http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/bergamotourist.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Bergamo
http://www.paradoxplace.com/Perspectives/Venice%20&%20N%20Italy/Bergamo/Bergamo.htm
HTH

[Edited at 2009-03-22 19:20 GMT]


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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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Bergamo Mar 23, 2009

Hi Kristine,
I live just a couple of km from Bergamo, nice to see you have a full day to see it. Apart from what Russell has mentioned already, I recommend the Rocca (a stronghold in the Città Alta), San Vigilio, the highest point of the Città Alta which you can reach with another funicular, and the Viale delle Mura, along the Venetian walls surrounding the Città Alta. There's no shortage of breathtaking views Depending on when you come, there could be interesting art exhibitions.
Feel free to e-mail me for further information.


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Kristine Sprula (Lielause)  Identity Verified
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Thanks to all of you! Mar 23, 2009

I am going to Italy very soon - this Thursday I will definetely make use of some of your advices.

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Sarah Jane Webb  Identity Verified
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Bergamo città alta Mar 23, 2009

Russell Jones wrote:

Hi Kristine

I often spend an afternoon in Bergamo before catching a flight home.
I only ever go to the Città Alta, the old town on top of the hill.
You catch a funicular to reach it. It is mostly pedestrianised and full of churches, galleries, museums and interesting small shops and restaurants.
I am a fan of the 17th century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo and the Capella Colleoni has a number of his works.
Here's a selection of English language websites to whet your appetite.
http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/bergamotourist.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Bergamo
http://www.paradoxplace.com/Perspectives/Venice%20&%20N%20Italy/Bergamo/Bergamo.htm
HTH

[Edited at 2009-03-22 19:20 GMT]


Hello Kristine,

If you're into walking, there's also a lovely footpath from Bergamo di sotto (the new part of town) to Bergamo di sopra (the old town). It's been some time but I'd say it takes less than twenty minutes to walk up, and it's really worth it.

Sarah


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Kristine Sprula (Lielause)  Identity Verified
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I am back.... Apr 3, 2009

Thank you very much for the advices. We spend almost all day in Bergamo Città Alta. It was wonderful!!!!!!!!! Beautiful old town, nice weather, blooming magnolias, cherry-trees, forsythias....

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