Bergamo Day Trips: Italy’s Lombardy Region

Bergamo Day Trips: Italy's Lombardy Region

There are many Bergamo day trips that uncover the charms of the Lombardy region. Some of the best places to visit are less than an hour drive away.

Bergamo Day Trips: Lombardy Region

While Bergamo is a convenient, easy day trip from the famous and stylish metropolis of Milan, it is also a worthy destination in itself without Milan in the picture. The historic walled city is a direct flight from numerous major European cities, including Athens.  For those who love to explore the less-traveled, Bergamo is a perfect starting point to see the world of northern Italy beyond its famed cities.

Bergamo Day TripsDiscover Lombardy Region

As described in my earlier blog posts, exploring Bergamo’s old town/upper town and new town/lower town is the big highlight. When that’s accomplished, dedicating a day or more to explore its countryside means discovering an expansive landscape filled with fertile valleys, one big beautiful lake and access to impossibly quaint and picturesque villages around that lake.

Scanzorosciate

6 kilometers northeast of Bergamo

If you love wine, this pocket of northern Italy is your place to roam. The wine region currently has 15 protected destination of origin (PDO) and 13 Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designations.

Vineyard Brugherata Scanzorosciate

Vineyard Brugherata Scanzorosciate

Those awarded designations alone equate to dozens of wineries that produce excellent wine. The Vineyard Brugherata Scanzorosciate is one of them.  Rows of grape vines line the property and so do a few rustic small homes. The winery also produces olive oil from its own olive trees.

Wine tasting in the Lombardy region of Italy.

Wine tasting in the Lombardy region of Italy.

While touring the Vineyard Brugherata, I tasted the Scanzo Muscato Doge Brugherata, a 2009 red dessert wine with an intense aroma and floral notes of rose, fruity jams and cinnamon.

A little bit of wine tasting in Italy's Lombardy region.

A little bit of wine tasting in Italy’s Lombardy region.

 

While in Scanzorosciate, dine at La Taverna Babale. A must-try dish is the local stuffed pasta called casoncelli.  I particularly loved the Babale’s mushroom risotto – best I have ever tasted! I love everything about mushrooms and risotto.

La Taverna Babale

Chillin with Eleanna of Lace and Macarons and the owner of La Taverna Babale after an amazing meal.

Clusone

32 kilometers northeast of Scanzorosciate/34 kilometers from Bergamo

While I wished sunny skies would break through during my visit to the charming little village of Clusone, the rainy grey day probably enhanced its beauty.  Romantic misty skies framed a backdrop of medieval architecture and distant green sloping hills.

Clusone

Clusone, Italy.

There, the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta stands grandly as the highlight of Clusone, a cathedral built between 1688-1698 right on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Diana.  Its impressive porch consists of a wide arched hallway and a long stone “deck” area flanked by two impressive statues, perfect for taking in the view.

clusone in seriana valley

The cathedral’s interior is majestically detailed and its impressive touches are a story in itself.

Basilica Santa Maria Assunta.

Basilica Santa Maria Assunta.

In front of the facade of the basilica is the Oratory of Disciplini which features one of the most famous frescoes of Lombardy. This fresco named the Triumph of Death dates back to 1485.

Triumph of Death, a famous Lombardy fresco.

Triumph of Death, a famous Lombardy fresco.

At the lower end of the village, the astronomical clock stands as it has since 1583.  The feat of a distinguished mathematician and engineer named Pietro Fanzago.

Astronomical clock of Clusone.

Astronomical clock of Clusone.

Clusone is full of history.

Clusone is full of history.

Clusone colors.

Clusone colors.

Lovere

16 kilometers from Clusone/43 kilometers from Bergamo

The port village of Lovere sits right on the edge of Lake Iseo.  Lovere’s architecture offers an essence of the neighboring country of Switzerland thanks to the wood roofed buildings.   The narrow cobblestone streets are full of Italian village charm including quaint squares, medieval towers,  pastel colored window shutters, small bakeries and the painted, faded yet charming signs labeling small shops and restaurants.

Lovere, Italy = charming.

Lovere, Italy = charming.

Lovere, Italy.

Lovere, Italy.

Great Bergamo day trips? A trip to Lovere and walking through lanes like this.

Great Bergamo day trips? A trip to Lovere and walking through lanes like this.

Lovere’s port is part of the town’s tree lined, lake front pedestrian way. It is a great vantage point to admire the lake side scenery of the region.  Ferries depart and arrive each day, making scheduled stopping at other picturesque villages.

Just look at the fantastic views from the ferry ride by Navagazione Lago d’Iseo. You can check out the destinations and ferry schedules on the company’s site.

Great Bergamo day trips. On the ferry going across Lake Iseo.

On the ferry going across Lake Iseo.

lake iseo surrounding village views

Lake Iseo surrounding village views.

Cloudy day on the lake.

Cloudy day on the lake.

Scanzorosciate, Clusone and Lovere can all be done in a day or over a few days. For another great  Bergamo day trip make plans to staya at the beautiful and elegant Pellegrino Thermal Spa, set in the area known the world over for its natural spring water.

Getting to Bergamo:

Ryan Air operates direct flights from many European destinations into Bergamo, just outside of Milan. Direct flights from Athens are about two hours.  From € 30 /one way.

Where to Stay in Bergamo:

Many historic homes have been refurbished into quaint bed and breakfasts in the old upper town.   I stayed at Casa Mario Lupo.  I loved the warm hospitality, local breakfast and history of the residence. Check out my review.

Where to Eat in Bergamo:

I ate incredibly well at these restaurants: Damimmo, La Vendemmia and Ristorante Della Funicolare. As aforementioned, La Taverna Babale is a must if you visit the Scanzorosciate area.

Grazie to Turismo Bergamo sponsoring the excursion to discover the fantastic one day trips possible from beautiful Bergamo.

Have you ever visited the Lombardy region of Italy?



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  1. Oh good heavens! Look at those photos! It looks supremely beautiful and I, for one, would love to see that cathedral and meet that very jolly looking owner of the Babale Taverna.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • marissatejada : January 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! Yes, the cathedral was fantastic. The Babale owner was definitely a charismatic fellow. Gotta love Italy!

  2. It looks like a quiet, peaceful town but maybe it gets its fair share of tourists during the summer?
    Love the interior of the church! 🙂

    • Yes, it is. I would imagine it gets its peak of tourists during the summer, but it is still one of those “not as famous Italian villages” when compared to those surrounding Lake Como, for instance. I agree, the church was so impressive!

    • marissatejada : January 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, it is. I would imagine it gets its peak of tourists during the summer, but it is still one of those “not as famous Italian villages” when compared to those surrounding Lake Como, for instance. I agree, the church was so impressive!

  3. Carla Callini : May 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I am thinking of staying in Bergamo. Did you have a car when you took the day trips from the town?

    • Hello Carla, No, I was on a tour so we had a minibus. I think you should rent a car if you are on your own. Otherwise you can book a tour! The distances are far and it would be more convenient. Have a great time!!

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