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Bergamo Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Lombardy Italy

Bergamo is a city in Lombardy, a region of Italy, and the capital of the namesake province. One of the most scenic cities in Italy, it is located on and around a steep hill, green in the summer and white in the winter, complemented by pastel-coloured architecture, against the backdrop of nearby Alps.

Its appeal to tourists is enhanced by the nearby Orio al Serio airport. Looking at its beauty, it is hard to believe Bergamo is also one of Italy’s most industrialized cities, from which it derives its relative wealth.

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Understand

Bergamo is a pretty town of some 120,000 people nestling in the foothills of the Alps. Widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty, Bergamo is well known for its wealth of artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. It is a real life tale of two cities: Città Bassa, the busy and modern lower city, and Città Alta, the upper city with its rich heritage of art and history.

Get in

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Due to its subalpine location, Orio al Serio airport gets its fair share of snow in winter

Fly to Bergamo

Bergamo airport is the 4th busiest airport in Italy, serving a wider area than just the province of Bergamo. It mostly hosts low-fare airlines, many of whom market it as an alternative to Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports, and therefore call it “Milan Bergamo”.

  • Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport.  There is a left luggage service at the airport (€4 per item, reportedly closed at night).

Airlines serving Milan are either point-to-point low-fare carries like Ryanair or Wizz Air, as well as holiday charters going either to Italy from other European countries, or from Bergamo to warmer holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. If you would rather travel on a major airline, your only choice are the two daily flights to Munich Airport, operated by Air Dolomiti, where the Lufthansa-owned carrier connects to the Star Alliance network of European and intercontinental flights. Note that Munich is denoted Monaco in Italian when searching for the flights.

Many passengers get on a coach to Milan right after arrival, skipping Bergamo entirely.

From the airport to Bergamo

  • Airport Bus (line #1). This service runs between the airport and important points within the city, such as the train station or the lower station of the funicular. You can find schedules and route maps on the site of ATB (the city’s public transit authority). single €2.30 (valid on all city transport for 90 min.), €5 for 24h ticket and €7 for a 3 day (72h); tickets can be purchased at a ticket machine at the bus stop and some other locations (see web site).

Buses can be both unreliable and not punctual. You may want to take this bus then make sure you have 30-45 minutes before the time you actually have to be at the airport. Taxies will take about 15 min but are quite expensive given the length of the journey – cost around €15 (€21 after 21:00 in the evening)

Other bus connections

If you are at the airport and your destination is Milan or Venice, just take one of regular coaches. However be warned that the autostrada connecting Bergamo and Milan carries a lot of trucks and gets easily congested – do not therefore rely on the ‘stated’ journey time especially on weekdays. An alternative is to take the bus into Bergamo (see above) and take the train.

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The train station of Bergamo is on a bit of a side line, so you will not find any high-speed connections from there

Travel by train to Bergamo

There are regular trains to Milan (50 min), Lecco and Brescia, where you can change to trains towards Verona and Venice.

  • Stazione Ferroviaria (Train station), piazza Marconi 7 (at the southern end of the lower city centre).  Regional train services are operated by Trenord, the long distance trains are operated by Trenitalia. There is no left luggage service at the station, but there is one at the building of the bus station behind McDonald’s (see below). Alternatively, you can leave them in the airport, but it’s rather slow and works just in the daytime.

The bus no. 1 from the airport to Bergamo city, taking around 20 minutes, leaves you just in front of the train station. You can check schedules and fares on the website of the Italian Railways.

Travel by bus to Bergamo

Regular buses to Milan. You can check schedules and fares on the website of Autostradale. The trip takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic conditions. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the direct bus connections to the Orio Al Serio airport from Brescia, Milan, Milan Rho fairgrounds, Milan Malpensa Airport and Turin.

  • Stazione autolinee (Bus station) (100m N from the train station). There are  automatic left-luggage lockers located in the building (€3-€4 per locker per day).

Get around

Take a bus to Bergamo

The city’s public transit authority is called ATB (Azienda Trasporti Bergamo) and provides a comprehensive website in English. ATB operates a number of bus lines, two funiculars and a tram line.

ATB’s ticketing system is a complicated zone-based affair, with single-ride tickets starting at €1.30 (75 min) for zone 00 (24h card – €3.50). Basically, the whole city centre is included into this zone, but to travel to or from the airport you would need a 3 zone ticket for €2.30 (75 min). There are also “Whole Network” cards: 24h for €5.00 and 72h for €7.00. These tickets are also valid at the funiculars and tram lines and allow you to travel with luggage.

Tickets can be purchased from automated or manned points of sale throughout the town – most importantly, at the train station, the airport, Porta Nuova and the lower station of the Citta Alta funicular.

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ATB buses are painted orange

Bus line #1 is the most convinient for tourists, as it connects the airport with the railway station, the Citta Alta and several other points of interest. The important stops are:

  • Aeroporto for airport
  • Orio Center for the shopping centre opposite the airport
  • Stazione FS for the main railway station
  • Porta Nuova for the centre of Citta Bassa, some buses stop there and don’t go to Citta Alta
  • Stazione Inf. Funicolare for the lower station of Citta Alta funicular
  • Stazione Sup. Funicolare for the upper station of Citta Alta funicular
  • Colle Aperto northwestern terminus for buses doing the full route, at the lower station of the funicular to San Vigilio

The journey from Aeroporto or Orio Center to Colle Aperto takes not more than 25 mins (unless there is major traffic congestion), and within the city all of the stops are not more than 15 mins from each other. Buses leave the airport three times an hour from 6AM until midnight, which is complemented by two hourly departures from Orio Center on the other side of the Autostrada. Within the city, the intervals are 10 mins at daytime. On Saturdays (“Sabato”) and holidays (“Festivo”) the schedule is slightly less intensive, but still workable.

Do note that the route has a few variations which do not run to the airport, so check the schedule and look for buses stopping at “Aeroporto”. If you end up on a bus heading to Grassobbio, get off at “Orio Center”, the shopping centre opposite the airport, and head to the airport via an underground passage under the Autostrada. The stop called “Orio al Serio” is for the village and is on the other side of the airport, from where you cannot get to the terminal, so make sure you do not get off there (wait for “Orio Center”). Buses to “Scanzo” and “Torre de Roveri” do not go anywhere the airport at all.

Lines 2-11 can be useful for getting around between other localities. Lines with numbers over 20 only run during weekdays and are mostly structure to handle peak hour traffic. Do take a look at the pretty extensive and exhaustive information at the ATB website, where you can find maps and schedules for all lines.

By funicular

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Bergamo funicular

There are 2 funicular lines in Bergamo:

  • Linea fun.c (Funicolare Città Bassa – Città Alta). Connects Città Bassa with Città Alta. It takes about 20–30 minutes to reach the lower funicular station on foot from the train station.
  • Linea fsv (Funicolare San Vigilio). Connects Città Alta with locality of San Vigilio. It can be a pleasant walk down hill back to Città Alta along quaint narrow streets and houses along the way and some great views here and there.

By tram

  • Linea T1It is the only tram line in the city. It runs from the railway station northeast along the river Serio all the way to the city of Albino, bringing you closer to the Alps. It can hardly be used by tourists to get around Bergamo, as it has no stops in the vicinity of the city’s major attractions.

By bike

Bergamo has a public bike system called La BiGi. It is run by Bicincittà and features 22 stations. It appears to be usable only after paying the yearly fee of €20 and between the hours of 6 and 23, so it might not be the best option for short visits.

By foot

The town is not large, and most of the sights can be seen comfortably on foot. To get from the Città Bassa up to the Città Alta can be quite tiring on foot, though, due to the steep and winding streets, but there is a funicolare (or cable railway) linking the two parts of the town.

Sightseeing in Bergamo

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Fontana Contarini (1780) in Piazza Vecchia

  • Piazza VecchiaThe heart of the old town, displaying a mix of medieval and Renaissance architecture: Palazzo della Ragione, Torre del Comune, Palazzo Nuovo and Contarini Fountain.
  • Bergamo Cathedral (Duomo di Bergamo, Cattedrale di Sant’Alessandro). The surviving one of the two cathedrals once existing in the city, dedicated to Saint Alexander of Bergamo.
    Incidentally, this cathedral was originally devoted to Saint Vincent, but once the original Saint Alexander cathedral was torn down by the Venetians, the dioceses were merged under Saint Alexander’s name.
    The cathedral has a classic Latin Cross layout, and has seen many renovations and refurbishments, the latest being the addition of the 19th century neoclassical facade.

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Santa Maria Maggiore

  • Santa Maria MaggioreA 12th century church with later alterations.
  • Colleoni Chapel (Cappella Colleoni). It is a church and mausoleum built in the 15th century with richly decorated polychrome marble façade.
  • Torre di GombitoA tower-house, built around 1100
  • RoccaA walled stronghold which houses a museum.
  • Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe.
  • Chiesa di Sant’AndreaWith Madonna Enthroned with Saints by Moretto da Brescia.
  • Chiesa di San Michele al Pozzo BiancoFounded in the 8th century, much of it’s interior belongs 1400s with frescoes in Byzantine style. There are also some frescos of 16th century by Lorenzo Lotto, Giovan Battista Guarinoni d’Averara and painting Madonna and child with Saints Peter and Paul by Giovanni Paolo Lolmo.
  • Palazzo Medolago AlbaniIt was built between 1783 and 1791 in neoclassical style — a typical example of bourgeois palace of the late 18th century.
  • Archeological Museum (Museo Archeologico).
  • Science Museum (Museo Civico di Scienze).
  • Donizetti Museum (Museo Donizettiano), Via Arena 9Devoted to one of Bergamo’s most famous sons, the composer Gaetano Donizetti.
  • Museo Storico della Citta (San Francesco di Bergamo). A former convent now housing the museum of the history of the city of Bergamo
  • San VigilioA small hilltop village that can be reached on foot or by a second funicolare from Città Alta. It offers walks with stunning views, and a ruined castle. Entry into the castle is free, and is part of a public park. Climb all the way to the top of the castle for more views.

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Plan of the Venetian Walls

Venetian Walls

The upper town is surrounded by world heritage listed stone walls, built in the 16th century by the Venetians, which survive to a large extent to this day. The four gates that led through the walls to the city do survive as well.

  • Porta Sant’Agostino.
  • Porta Sant’Allessandro.
  • Porta San Giacomo.
  • Porta San Lorenzo.

Città Bassa

  • Accademia CarraraOne of Northern Italy’s most important collections of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
  • GAMeCThe city’s gallery of modern and contemporary art, which usually hosts several interesting exhibitions.
  • Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie.
  • Santi Bartolomeo e Stefano (San Bartolomeo). Baroque church built in the 17th century adjacent to the convent of the same name. Its interior has had many lush decorations added in the 18th century, as well as the chorus of the former church of San Stefano, which itself was torn down in the same period and by way of that merged into one parish.

What to do in Bergamo

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View over Bergamo from San Vigilio

  • Teatro Donizetti.
  • Teatro Sociale.
  • Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
  • Ride a mountain bike in the beautiful Parco dei Colli just behind the old town. You will feel as if you are riding in the mountains.
  • The Bergamo Lions are an American football team that used to be among the best in Europe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They are featured in the John Grisham book “playing for pizza” and do in reality also feature American players who get paid, while the bulk of the team literally or figuratively plays for pizza.

Shopping in Bergamo

Where to eat in Bergamo

  • Cafe della FunicolareVia Porta Dipinta, 1 (In the city Alta Funicolare station.). For snacks, a drink or simply the great view.
  • Da Franco Ristorante PizzeriaVia Colleoni 8.  Closed MondaysTry it for lunch or an evening meal.
  • Da MimmoVia Colleoni 17.  Closed TuesdaysMore than just a pizzeria. Indeed ! Worth a visit for the quality of food and service.
  • Il SoleVia Colleoni 1 (on the corner of Piazza Vecchia and Via Colleoni.).
  • Antica Trattoria dei tre Gobbi20 Via BrosetaA very good place to eat.
  • La Bruschetta (in the Citta Bassa, just off Porta Nuova). A good value restaurant/pizzeria in the cellar of a building and worth a mention.
  • La CiotolaViale Papa Giovanni XXlll, 86 (in the Citta Bassa area). A good restaurant/pizzeria near the Mercure hotel.
  • Giopi e MargiVia Borgo Palazzo 27 (in the residential area just a short walk from town center). Traditional restaurant serving lomabrdy cuisine is worth a visit if you fancy having an Italian meal not just pizza and pasta. Family run business is a well kept secret between locals.

Drink

  • Il Circolino (right around the back of the Biblioteca Angelo Maj). Locals here play bocce and drink lanterna (a huge drink made of white wine and campari rosso).
  • Bobinopiazza della Liberta7AM-02AM daily, except Sundaysis a cool bar/restaurant with a long wine & cocktail list (including Champagne).

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Lower town of Bergamo at nighttime

Where to stay in Bergamo

As Bergamo is not as popular as some other destinations of Northern Italy, while being a major business hub and domestic tourism destination, it has a well-developed accommodation base at reasonable prices compared to e.g. Milan. The latter, being around 1.5 hrs away, can be a target of a day trip – a convenient option if you arrive on a flight to Orio al Serio airport.

  • Bed & Breakfast MarcoLauraVia XI Febbraio 25b ,   .

Città Alta (Old Town)

  • Relais San Lorenzo (member of Small Luxury Hotels), Piazza Lorenzo Mascheroni 9/ABegamo’s #1 luxury hotel is a blend of modern design and historic remnants. Its highlight is the terrace, but the large and airy rooms earn a mention as well. That said, it can fall short of the luxury experience you may expect when it comes to service.
  • GombitHotelVia Mario Lupo 6This design hotel is squeezed into a tall stone building. The simplicity of the design may not be to everybody’s liking, especially when the design surprisingly gets in the way of practicality, and it turns out that the owners’ idea of simple design is IKEA. Still, it is perhaps the most centrally-located hotel in the Citta Alta.

Città Bassa (New Town)

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Via Pignolo, one of the charming streets of the lower town

There are a number of good hotels in Citta Bassa – many on Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII (The main street from the station to the funicolare).

  • B&B Romeo and JulietVia Zambonate 47 (in the centre of town).  Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AMBed & Breakfast and residence with cmnfortable double rooms or apartments for 2-4 people.
  • B&B FragolinoVia Bartolomeo Bono 25 (near town center and main station).  Check-in: flexibleB&B/Hostel with great atmosphere, modern and comfortable rooms, courtyard, WiFi, flat screen and Playstation.
  • Best Western Capello d’Oro.
  • Mercure Palazzo DolciOccupying a beautiful palazzo, the Mercure is a few steps from the train station and is quite modern on the inside despite the historic facades. The rooms are simple and most are painted deep blue, while the bathrooms are large and modern. The hotel generally earns good reviews and provides a good standard for a reasonable price.
  • Excelsior San Marco HotelGreat location offering a beautiful view of the Citta Alta from the breakfast terrace. Not exactly new, yet tons of character. Comfortable rooms, very clean, Wifi, flatscreen and a wide range of services. Great for business travel.
  • Hotel Donizettildo Moro 28, LallioDonizetti Hotel is located near Bergamo, and access to the motorway linking Milan and surroundings
  • NH BergamoVia Paleocapa 1/G.  The NH is hidden behind the Mercure, in a modern building slightly recessed from the street. The rooms are slightly worn and dated, and their windows are small, but this is compensated by the commendable NH breakfast buffet and the location a few steps from the train station. From €90.
  • Petronilla HotelThe boutique hotel earns great reviews thanks to the commitment of the family running it, even if one can find their taste in decor a bit too eclectic.
  • Arli HotelLargo Porta Nuova 12A three-style hotel at the Porta Nuova, created by owners having a peculiar sense of style, but if you are looking for a decent and dependable accommodation in the centre of Bergamo, you can reply on the Arli.
  • NH Orio Al SerioVia Portico 75, Orio al SerioThe other NH in Bergamo is an airport hotel across the autostrada from the Il Caravaggio airport, which you can reach via an underground passage. The huge Oriocenter shopping centre is also adjacent. The hotel features simple rooms, large glazed lounge (if you want to pass time watching the cars on the autostrad). Breakfast is usually included in room rates and starts at 4 AM, a shuttle to the airport is available for EUR 5. To get to the city centre, take bus line 1 from the airport. It is a good option for those arriving on late or departing on early flights.

Stezzano

Stezzano is a commune 8 km south of Bergamo. It is very easily reached both by train and by bus. The train takes approximately five minutes and Milan is also easily reachable.

  • Art e HotelVia Santuario 43, Stezzano (opposite the train station of Stezzano).  Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AMBeautiful four star hotel at a price much lower than in the city centre. Modern rooms, television, mini-bar, leisure centre, spacious bathrooms
  • Grand Hotel del ParcoVia Galeno 8, Stezzano (close to Piazza Liberta’ in Stezzano).  Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AMAnother quality four star hotel with prices lower than city accommodation. Good decor, well equipped rooms.

Go next

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Crespi d’Adda, factory entrance

  • Crespi d’Adda (From Bergamo bus station: bus Z301 to the stop Trezzo sull’Adda, casello autostradale A4 (approx. 17 min.), then walk SE approx. 20 min (1.5 km); From Milan: take M1 to Lampugnano, then bus Z301 to Trezzo sull’Adda, casello autostradale A4, then walk as above, another option is to take M2 to Gessate, then bus Z310 to Trezzo sull’Adda, v. Battisti/v. Marconi). It is a planned industrial village between Bergamo and Milan. It has been nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • The Bergamo area is in the foothills of the Alps, and has a handful of Ski resorts within a one-hour drive. Notable is the Brembana Valley which contains the resorts of Foppolo, Carona and San Simone.
  • Lake Endine — Glorious natural scenery which ranges from lakes to woods, from high mountaintops to stunning hills. The well-preserved environment offers a wide range of sporting activities: trekking, mountain climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing. The area has a temperate to warm climate without no summer aridity and is only slightly dry in winter. It isn’t too hot in summer and the winters aren’t too harsh, fog is practically unheard of and there are many cloudless days.
  • Lake Iseo, one of the smallest and less touristy among the Northern Italian lakes. Go by bus from the Bergamo bus station (opposite the train station) to Tavernola. Then take a ferry to Montisola.
  • Como (one of the main cities at the shores of beautiful Lake Como is also accessible by train, but requires almost travelling back to Milan (you change at Monza). It is worth visiting from Bergamo and vice versa. The journey takes between one and a half and two hours.
  • Stezzano At only 6 km from Bergamo, it is perfect for those who may want to visit Bergamo but stay in a more rural and peaceful setting. The town is well-equipped with nice cafes, two pizzerie, shops, two gelaterie and a bank.

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Lombardy Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Italy

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Lombardy or Lombardia is a northern region of Italy, and with 10 million people is the most populous one. Producing 1/5th of Italy’s GDP, it is also the mightiest economically. Geographically, Lombardy encompasses both Alps and Prealps in the north, and relatively flat plains in the south along the river Po and its tributaries. Between them there are many scenic lakes, and the alpine backdrop makes even the low-lying cities picturesque and the air rather fresh.

Browse down for full details of the current Coronavirus situation in Lombardy

Lombardy is heavily industrialized, although most of the industry is actually not heavy, but rather mid-sized specialized machinery-building and other assembly and engineering firms, as well as consumer industries such as foodstuffs and apparel. The regional capital, Milan, is Italy’s second-largest city and the foremost centre of commerce and a global fashion capital. Smaller cities also have considerable economic might, and have had so for many centuries, hence Lombardy is the region of Italy with the most UNESCO World Heritage List sites – and simply, a lot of history and scenic views to explore and enjoy.

  1. Lombardian Alps and Prealps (provinces of Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio)
  2. Lake Como (provinces of Como and Lecco)
  3. Southern Lombardy (provinces of Cremona, Lodi, Mantova and Pavia)
  4. Grande Milano (provinces of Milan and Monza and Brianza)
  5. Varese

Cities

  • Milan (Milano, the capital of the province) – shares with Paris the title of fashion capital of the world, and is Italy’s second city.
  • Bergamo – a fairytale pastel-coloured city perched atop a hillside, and the gate to Bergamo Alps
  • Brescia – a major industrial powerhouse since the Ancient Roman times, and a UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Como – the city that gave the name to the popular lake
  • Cremona – home of Stradivarius violins, but also a wealth of ornate romanesque architecture
  • Lecco – a little and charming city situated on Como’s lake.
  • Mantua (Italian: Mantova) – the Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss.
  • Sondrio – the northernmost provincial capital situated amidst alpine mountain ranges
  • Varese – capital of the namesake province full of lakeside resorts, just 30 minutes from Malpensa airport

Other destinations

  • The magnificent lakes of Lake Como – take boat trips in the shadow of the Alps to the picturesque villages of BellagioVarenna and Tremezzo – Lake MaggioreLake Garda and Lake Lugano.
  • The tiny village of Erbusco, home of the award-winning wines of Franciacorta and L’Albereta, the country inn of Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s premier chefs
  • Moltrasio
  • The peninsula of Sirmione, on the south shore of Lake Garda
  • The Caves of Catullo, an archaeological site of a former Roman villa situated on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula
  • The Sirmione Spa, the largest privately owned thermal treatment centre in Italy
  • Val Camonica : UNESCO heritage site, medieval towns, castles, holy art in churches, roman sanctuary and theatre/amphitheatre, ski sports.
  • Oltrepò Pavese : Wine region in the utmost southern part of Lombardy, 70km from Milan, part of the Pavia province, medieval towns, castles, stunning views.

Understand

The Longobardis occupied the Peninsula in the 6th century, and the territory has been named after them ever since.

Lombardy is a prosperous region with fertile soil and a temperate climate. As in Piedmont, the Po Valley is the site of much heavy industry. High mountains in the north, marking Italy’s frontier with Switzerland, provide excellent skiing and climbing.

Get in

By plane

Three of Italy’s four busiest airports are in Lombardy:

  • Milan Malpensa Airport is an intercontinental airport, and Italy’s second aviation hub after Rome Fiumicino. It has multiple direct connections to Africa, Asia and North America, as well as across Europe, where it is served by both full-service and low-fare carriers.
  • Milano Linate is Milan’s city airport, served by business-oriented flights to European major commercial centres, as well as a dense Italian domestic network.
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport is served almost exclusively by low-fare carriers, taking advantage of its proximity to both Milan and the Alps.

Despite only Linate being in the city and province of Milan, all three airports are marketed as serving the city. One can easily get to other destinations in the province from them, without necessarily changing in Milan. There is also a small airport in Brescia, which in recent years has seen next to no scheduled traffic.

Travel by train to Lombardy

Road and train links connect the region with Switzerland. As Switzerland is not part of the EU, there is a possibility that you will be delayed by checks at the border, although these are infrequent and usually not rigorous. Remember your passport.

Get around

There is a relatively dense railway network connecting cities and towns in Lombardy, although the layout is intricate and getting from one place to another may not be straightforward. You should be able to reach your destination within 1 or 2 hours by train. Otherwise, buses and minibuses link important destinations, especially those popular with tourists. Hubs are usually in regional centres, as well as near major railway stations and airports; you can try to change there if there are no direct connections. Regional train network is entirely managed by Trenord.

Regione Lombardia offers a good travel planner that lets you query the whole public transportation system.

If you plan to travel a lot, it might be worth buying a io viaggio ovunque in Lombardia pass ticket. Those tickets let you travel without limit on the entire public transport system in Lombardy, including regional trains, buses and city public transportation systems, but excluding some ferry boat lines. Although expensive, they can easily be a cheaper option than regular tickets if you travel long distances. Passes are sold at railway stations (at ticket box or automatic vending machines) and at ATM automatic vending machines. You can buy 1, 2, 3 or 7 day passes (16€, 27€, 32.5€, 43€ respectively – February 2020).

The railway company Trenord offers some good travel packages, under the Trenord Free Time name. The package usually includes a ticket to an attraction or a trip proposal and a train ticket to get to the destination. Most of them are really useful only if you depart from Milan. It’s worth to take a look at the offers as they can also suggest you some new or lesser known itinerary that you may like.

As the Autostrada A4 runs across Lombardy, with the road system radiating from its junctions, you can get around by car as well. The A4 frequently gets congested though and traffic jams can be long and excruciating, especially around Milan. Be aware that Italians drive fast and make no allowances for foreigners, so be sure you are OK with keeping up with the traffic and occasional displays of impatience from other drivers.

Milan, Bergamo and Brescia have efficient and extensive public transportation systems.

What to see in 

Do

  • Milan Fashion Weeks draw crowds of fashionistas to Milan every year.
  • La Scala in Milan is a mecca for opera aficionados.
  • You can enjoy water sports or more relaxed boating on the lakes.
  • The Alps offer opportunities for hiking or skiing.

Eat

Lombardy’s most famous culinary inventions are minestrone soup and osso buco (literally “ox knuckles”). To the west of Milan lie miles of rice fields, where the rice for risotto alla milanese is grown. Other typical dishes of the area include salumi (cold cuts) and polenta.

As in many other areas of Northern Italy, the aperitivo (pre-meal drink with appetisers, for which a small supplement might be charged) is very popular.

Drink

The wineries in Franciacorta, around Erbusco, produce many excellent wines. The region has been elevated to the status of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Other remarkable zones for wine are Oltrepò Pavese (which is the zone around Pavia on the south banks of Po river) and the countrysides around Garda Lake.

Valtellina also produces excellent wines, famous for their strong taste and flavour.

As every big city in the world, Milan has also many high quality restaurants, wine bars and Enoteche (wine store) where you can find high class wines from all over the world.

Where to stay in Lombardy

Large cities, like Milan, Bergamo or Brescia, are important business centres, so they have sizeable bases of business-oriented hotels. They are local hubs with connections to destinations within their provinces, and getting between them is also reasonably quick via a variety of means of transportation (trains, express buses or cars across the A4). Do note that accommodation in Milan is generally expensive, and prices skyrocket during major events or fairs, such as the Milan Fashion Week.

Destinations along the lines of the lakes, as well as those in the Alps, are popular with tourists, so you will find a variety of accommodation options there, from luxurious resort hotels to simple B&Bs.

Stay safe in Lombardy

While Milan features many of the usual tourist traps and con acts, as well as sizeable number of pickpockets due to the number of tourists there, other destinations are generally safe, and you can feel secure and welcome there. Do note, however, that in case you need to contact the police they can have very limited English skills and also may not be able to help foreigners much.

Go next

To the east is Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, to the south is Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont is to the south and west. Switzerland lies to the north.

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Lake Garda Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Veneto

Panoramic View of Lake Garda in Veneto, Italy

Lake Garda is a lake in the north of Italy, and the surrounding region. It is a popular holiday location.

Browse down for full details of the current Coronavirus situation in the Veneto

Understand

The lake is situated at the border of the Po river plain, with the north part stretching into the mountains.

The north of the lake seems to be more suitable for the people who enjoy a quiet, peaceful holiday, but a bell rings from the Northern most town of Riva Del Garda often early in the morning. The south has a theme park and a few man-made beaches so is for the more outgoing, adventurous person.

Cities

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Lake Garda map

There is a handful of small towns scattered all around Lake Garda. Some of the towns from the north clockwise to north-west are:

In Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Riva del Garda
  • Arco
  • Nago-Torbole
In Veneto
  • Malcesine – for Monte Baldo – a ski resort in winter, and trekking site in summer
  • Brenzone sul Garda
  • Torri del Benaco
  • Garda – among its attractions: Villa Albertini – one of the most splendid villas on the lake
  • Bardolino – a home for homonymous vines
  • Lazise – a small picturesque town with a tiny old harbour and a medieval castle
  • Peschiera del Garda – see an old Austrian fortress, and the river Mincio – the main outlet of the lake
In Lombardy
  • Sirmione – located on the peninsula to the south is has a 13th-century castle and the ruins of a Roman villa, attributed by some to the famous Roman poet Catullus
  • Desenzano del Garda – the largest town on the lake. It has good ferry connections to other destinations on the lake
  • Salò – is a nice lake-side town notoriously known for being a capital of the Republic of Salò at the end of WWII
  • Gardone Riviera – a small town known for Vittoriale – an eccentric (like its former owner) estate of Gabriele d’Annunzio with a large park. Giardino André Heller is another place worth a visit.
  • Toscolano-Maderno
  • Gargnano
  • Limone sul Garda – gets its name from lemons! Lemon trees grow throughout it, and is a lovely view

NB: Bear in mind that the town of Riva del Garda at the north tip of the lake is different from Garda, which is near the other end of the lake.

Talk

All people speak Italian as a first language but basic English is known. Many locals also speak fluent German as this area is a popular tourism destination for Germans and Austrians. As with anywhere in the world, it is good manners to learn some basic phrases in Italian.

Get in

Fly to Lake Garda

Verona Airport is the nearest airport, located 15km away to the south. Brescia-Montichiari is 30km to the south-west. Bergamo airport is 80km away. Milan Linate Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport and Venice airports are 100km away. Brescia-Montichiari is served by charter flights, while the others have many regular connections.

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By train

Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda are the closest railway stations on the South of the lake. The closest station on the North is Rovereto.

By bus

  • Nothern shore is connected by a number of bus services with Trento and other destinations in Trentino including the railway station of Rovereto. But also some buses from the eastern and western shores arrive to Riva del Garda, Arco, Nago-Torbole.
  • Eastern shore is mainly served by ATV Verona. In Verona buses towards destinations on the lake leave from the railway station Porta Nuova or from Corso Porta Nuova (the boulevard just south of Piazza Bra). It takes about 2–3 hours, depending on lakeside traffic (which can be heavy), to reach pretty towns of Malcesine or Torbole. Get a timetable (orario) from the tourist office. Tickets can be bought from a tobacco shop down the road or on the bus.
  • Western shore is covered by Trasporti Brescia. In Brescia buses towards the lake depart from Autostazione SAIA. For schedules check Arriva site or use a route planner at the Muoversi in Lombardia.
  • A few locations at the south could be also reached by bus from Mantua.

By car

Lake Garda is roughly halfway between Venice and Milan.

Get around

By boat

Perhaps this is the most convenient kind of transportation for the locations along the lake shores. Gestione Navigazione Laghi provides regular ferry services in the area. A fast ferry takes about 2½ hours to cross the lake from the South to North. For schedules and tariffs check their online search service or get a schedule from the download page.

A car ferry connects Torri del Benaco at the E shore of the lake with Toscolano-Maderno at its W shore. In summer another car ferry connects Malcesine with Limone sul Garda.

Boat taxis are also available. Perhaps it’s a better option than a regular taxi, as the later one will cost you more money and it will take longer to travel.

By bus

See Get in section for connections by bus around the lake.

By bicycle

Rental bike service companies, easy biking itineraries at Garda Lake Region. The northern part of Lake Garda offers Europe’s probably most spectacular offroad trips, mostly on rough military roads from the First World War. Riva del Garda is a fine starting point, with trips ranging from easy to the most demanding and rewarding, like Tremalzo.

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At the Isola del Garda

There are many historical places and buildings around the lake. The architectural style is mostly traditional Italian vernacular, which is very picturesque. There are also many classical-style churches, grand houses and castles. There is a large church is located at the northernmost end of the lake.

  • Isola del Garda (near S. Felice del Benaco, just a short boat trip from Salò and Gardone Riviera).  only by guided tours, see tours scheduleIt’s a private island with a villa and a beautiful garden. €27 – €35 (including a boat trip).

Do

Peddle boats or peddlos are available to rent throughout the lake although there are boundaries you must stick to as you are given a certain amount of time and that life guards are regular throughout the water.

In Malcesine take a cableway to Monte Baldo. Beautiful views can be seen from the top, and a small shop/restaurant is there. For those who get a re-instated fear of heights going up at the start, fear not, as there is a halfway stop.

In Bardolino you can visit the Zeni Winery and Wine Museum, to see the museum, and then, of course, buy some wine.

In Sirmione try famous sulphur springs or enjoy its beaches.

On the south of the lake in the vicinity of Peschiera del Garda there is big theme park Gardaland. It is a theme park for everybody, whether it be thrill-seekers, kids at heart, or just stressed out parents.

Eat

As per usual, fine Italian cuisine is sold. This consists of pasta, pizza and many other traditional Italian dishes. But other options are available such as German, American and British style foods. Italian ice-cream is fresh and homemade- great for those who have a sweethtooth. Ice-cream shops are common, with some sprouting out of shops and restaurants. Some “gelato” (ice-cream-like treat usually made in the shop) shops have 50+ flavors. Smaller shops with only a half dozen flavors might be more enjoyable. These seem to focus on the flavors they offer, and making the decision on which flavor to choose will take much less time. Breakfast is not the same as English or American breakfasts so be careful when you ask for full board. Breakfast at Le Paul in Sirmione, has English and American style foods. They even offer cereal.

Where to Drink at Lake Garda

Always drink plenty of water or other fluids as weather can be very warm.

One of the most popular summer drinks in the area is the Aperol Spritz. Obtained by mixing Aperol, Prosecco wine and sparkling water. Usually served in a glass with ice cubes, and a straw. Can be garnished with a slice of orange, and served with green olives.

Where to stay at Lake Garda

Stay safe at Lake Garda

Many shops have outdoor stands and stalls, even if a shop is indoors, so always carry the receipt with you. Bag theft is not uncommon as in theme parks, lines often have a bag drop off point, which in turn is left unattended. If your bag is stolen it is usually left in the street with just your wallet or camera/phone stolen.

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Go next

  • Verona is the most obvious destination for a day trip.
  • Mantua, famous for Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te, is also quite close.
  • Somewhat off the beaten path are Brescia and Bergamo, but the both worth a visit.
  • VeniceMilan and Bologna are possible destinations to continue your voyage.

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Sirmione Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Lombardy Italy

Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, on the peninsula of the same name in Lake Garda. The Ancient Roman poet Catullus, whose family owned a villa here, wrote an affectionate poem in praise of Sirmione. The surviving ruins of a magnificent Roman villa are popularly associated with the name of Catullus, though there is no solid evidence that the villa is the same or on the same spot as the one Catullus refers to.

Understand

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Sirmione port

  • IAT Sirmione (Tourist information), Viale Marconi 6 ,   Nov-May M-Th 9.30-12.30, 15.00-18.00, Sa 9.30-12.30.

Get in

By train

The closest railway station is Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione which is about 30 min. by a regional train from Verona Porta Nuova or from Brescia. The station is actually located at the Desenzano, so take a bus, a taxi from there or take a ferry from the Desenzano’s harbour. A similar option is a railway station at Peschiera del Garda.

By boat

  • Ferry pier (At the historic centre, close to the Castello Scaligeri). A ferry perhaps the easiest option to reach Sirmione. There are connections to many the destinations at the shores of the lake, especially at its southern half.

By bus

  • Linea LN026Brescia-Verona NB: this line stops at the via Colombare which is quite out of the centre of the town, then use Centro storico navetta (below).

Get around

By bus

  • Centro storico navetta (shuttle bus). Connects via Colombare stop with the historic centre of the town

See

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Castello Scaligeri

  • Castello Scaligeri (Scaliger Castle), piazza Castello 1.  Tu-Sa 8:30-19:30, Su 8:30-13:30A 13th-century castle of Scaliger (della Scala) family. €4.
  • Grotte di Catullo (Area archeologica delle Grotte di Catullo e Museo di Sirmione), Piazzale Orti Manara 4.  Winter Tu-Sa 8.30-17.00 (Museum 8.30-19.30), Su 8.30-14.00; Summer Tu-Sa 8.30-19.30, Su 9.30-18.30Ruins of a Roman villa associated, though without solid proofs, with the poet Catullus. € 6.00.
  • Chiesa di San Pietro in MavinoThe first documents mentioning the church date from the 8th century.
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria della NeveA 15th century church.
  • Torre monumentale di San Martino della Battaglia (Tower of San Martino della Battaglia) (5 km S of Sirmione). mid Mar-mid Oct Monday – Saturday 9-12.30, 14.30-19, Su 9 – 19; mid Oct – mid MarDal Tu-Su 9-12.30, 14-17.30A tower and museum dedicated to the memory of King Vittorio Emanuele II and other people who brought independence and unification to Italy. €5.

Do

  • Terme di SirmionePiazza Virgilio, 1.  The famous sulphur springs which are known to have special effects on catarrhal conditions, particularly those of the ear.

Go next

  • Torri del Benaco – commune in Province of Verona
  • Lake Garda – lake in Italy
  • Verona – city in Veneto, northern Italy
  • Brescia – Italian city in Lombardy

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