Family Travel Ideas in Bergamo

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Citta Alta

Citta Alta is the upper part of Bergamo. Surrounded by Venetian walls built in the 17th century, Citta Alta contains a large portion of Bergamo's history. It's located on a hilltop looking over the lower part of the city. Families will want to avoid this part of Bergamo on the weekends, due to many residents from Milan spending their weekends in Citta Alta.

The walk to Citta Alta is very strenuous, and families should not consider this a sufficient means of transportation. A more suitable method is taking a bus to the top portion of the city. Buses leave regularly from outside the rail station, and tickets can be purchased from inside the rail station or ticket machines outside. The ticket machines are an easier choice for large groups, because more can be purchased in a shorter amount of time. Note that the machines do not give change. Buses should say "Citta Alta" on the outside, and are normally yellow in color.

Piazza Vecchia

Once families arrive in Citta Alta they will be met with the stunning beauty of the old town of Bergamo. Travelers should go to the Piazza Vecchia first. This is a large square in the center of the town, which is surrounded by medieval and Renaissance architecture. All main streets in Citta Alta lead directly to the Piazza Vecchia, and it's best for families to make this their meeting spot in case anyone gets separated throughout the day. It's a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and rest your feet. If you're traveling with small children, the Piazza Vecchia is a nice place to let them get out some of their energy. Being cooped up in churches and museums all day can be very straining to a child who just wants to run around a little.

Mueso Civico di Scienze Naturali

Mueso Civico di Scienze Naturali is the Natural Science and History Museum of Bergamo. It's located near the Piazza Vecchia in Piazza Cittadella, and families can enjoy a pleasant stroll to the museum. Children and seniors may need to rest for a moment before reaching the museum.

Operating hours vary depending on the season. Summer hours are from April to September. During this time, the museum is open from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and then reopens after lunch from 2:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Winter hours, October through March, it's open until 7:30 pm. Quality of the museum is high, but all exhibits are in Italian. Younger children will like some exhibits where they can touch things, and other members of the family will find interest in dinosaur skeletons.

Picnic in the Park

The area around the base of the Rocco, the walled stronghold around Mueso Storico (a local history museum), is a lovely place to have a picnic. There are many shady paths, benches and great views of the town. There are also many green areas scattered about Citta Alta for an afternoon picnic. Families can pack a light lunch and then talk about their exciting trip thus far. It's a great way to enjoy the fresh air of Bergamo and have a "family day".

Sore feet can ruin the beauty of Bergamo and add a bit more stress to traveling with a large group of people or a family. Remember to wear comfortable shoes. Seniors and small children will need to rest often because of the amount of walking.

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