The Orobie Mountains provide breathtaking views and an extraordinary variety of wildlife. Wild goats, roe deer, golden eagles, foxes, marmots, owls and many more can be see in the local woods.
Bergamo’s ski resorts provide a variety of opportunities to winter sports enthusiasts: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, freestyle snowboarding, and sledding. Even free-riding and kite skiing! But it’s fun to take a ride on snowmobile along the snow-covered trails, perhaps under a full moon. Or why not try ice-skating? Backcountry skiers can reach spots that cannot be reached by roads or lifts.
After a day of outdoor activity there’s the après-ski life to enjoy: clubs, restaurants and shops selling local cheeses and foods. And if that’s not enough there’s more: skiing, snowshoeing, and torch-walks by night! There are snowmobile races, ski championships, dirtbiking or BMX riding in the snow for those who love to feel adrenaline pumping through their veins.
At Christmas, of course, visitors have their pick when it comes to traditional market stalls.
After a day’s skiing an evening of relaxation in a spa of your choice is the perfect ending after an active day. The thermal resorts in Bergamo province offer lots of opportunities to treat oneself in centers where relaxation espouse the environment!
Bergamo has spas and resorts that have been famous for centuries: the Romans knew about the springs that bubble to the surface in the area where the town of TRESCORE BALNEARIO, set in the Cavallina Valley, later developed. SAN PELLEGRINO TERME is another important spa town. The spa is still popular thanks to its therapeutic properties of its watersand a walk along the banks of the river Brembo is sure to relax you.
SANT'OMOBONO TERME in Imagna Valley is another known spa town where you can receive a relaxing massage or take a swim..
Liberty style in San Pellegrino:
The elegant litlle town of San Pellegrino Terme, in Val Brembana, which during the twentieth century became a favorite high society holiday spot but was already known for the healing powers of its waters in the Middle Ages, still calls to mind luxurious scenes of the Belle Epoque.
Must see: the Grand hotel and the Town Casinò
Visit the Clock Tower and the church of Santa Maria Assunta, where the precious high altar, sculpted by Andrea Fantoni, and the altarpiece depicting the Assumption of Mary, a masterpiece by the celebrated Venetian painter Sebastiano Ricci, are to be seen.
Do not miss the fifteenth-century Oratory of the Disciplines, on whose façade a highly expressive fresco cycle unfolds illustrating the theme of death after the typical fashion of the medieval imagination.
Lorenzo Lotto itinerary:
There are Lorenzo Lotto's paintings not just in Bergamo, but also in several villages around the bergamask province: Ponteranica, Sedrina, Trescore Balneario, redaro and Celana.
Cornello dei Tasso:
One of the major interesting tourist spots of the media half Brembana Valley is the Historical-artistic itinerary between Oneta of San Giovanni Bianco and Cornello dei Tasso, along Via Mercatorum, an ancient muletrack connecting Bergamo to Valtellina.
At Oneta there is the House of Arlecchino (Harlequin), a 15th century nobleman’s building with elegant frescoes portraying the great and famous interpreter of the Bergamo mask, who apparently dwelt in this house.
Visit Cornello dei Tasso and Bretto historic hamlets, including Museum of Tasso family and of Postal History and discover the homeland of the Tasso family, who founded a successful courier company
Bergamo Upper Town
If you are interested in art and history, a stroll through Città Alta (Bergamo upper town) is a good place to start. Old buildings, museums and historical examples offer an idea of the city’s history and culture.The funicular railway is the quickest way to reach the old town and also an excellent way to admire some unusual views of the imposing town walls. Visit Piazza Vecchia, the most beautiful square in Europe according to Le Corbusier and the Venetian walls, from where you can admire the panorama of the city. See Porta S.Giacomo and Porta Sant’Agostino and lose yourself in the narrow streets.
Take the second funicular to get to the Castle of San Vigilio, once part of an ancient fortification and enjoy the striking panorama.