Needs at least a full day’s and evening’s visit to appreciate it to the full. Unforgettable atmosphere in the Upper Town: the Colleoni Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore, the squares, the funicular ride up to San Vigilio, the marvels contained in one of Italy’s best small museums, the Galleria Carrara. Bergamo is one of the great attractions of Italy.
All of it, but especially the old town, the river Adige, and the churches of San Zeno and San Lorenzo
The food, best in Italy; the incredibly moving Pieta’, called a “compianto”, in the church of Santa Maria della Vita, the Museo e Casa Morandi, paying homage to Giorgio Morandi, one of the greatest painters of still lifes, in the grand tradition of Chardin, Cezanne, and Braque.
The mosaics and the delightful campanili
All of the Palladian stuff
The Museo Poldi-Pezzoli; the church of Sant’Ambrogio; and the Cimitero Monumentale
The Piazza del Duomo
The Mantegnas in the Palazzo Ducale and the wonderfully charming Teatro Scientifico, plus a boat ride on the Mincio
Charming small cities:
- Castelfranco Veneto
- Bassano del Grappa
Valeggio sul Mincio
A delightful medieval ensemble of castle and old bridge and watermill right on the Mincio. Best visited weekdays: it’s a mecca for locals on weekends, but wonderfully atmospheric nonetheless.
Charming coastal hilltown
We love the more laid-back atmosphere of this spectacular Italian lake