We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Rebecca, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Rebecca is from Canada, and submitted the following report about Bergamo, Italy. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Italian, English
Reasons to go: I am a Canadian but married to a Bergamo local and spend a large part of each year there. I have travelled all over Europe and Italy and Bergamo is in my top 5. From a culinary stand point it won’t disappoint – mushroom lovers should look to order something with the local porcini on top. Meat eaters should not miss the chance to try a cotechino – their local sausage. And veggies should head to Gennaro e Pia for the Eggplant Parmesan and the artichokes.
Hotel-wise Bergamo has improved its selection in each category over the last few years. My personal favourites are the Hotel Gombit in the high city ($$$$$) to the more quaint B&B in the low city called Cece e Simo. Both design accommodations in great locations.
Elegant and safe with a lot going on from festivals to markets, art fans will be particularly surprised by the number of galleries ( the Accademia Carrara is one of the most important private collections in the country). Donizetti, Lotto, medieval upper city meets the more modern lower town. My favourite neighbourhoods are Borgo Santa Caterina for its little shops and cafes and Pignolo which houses the impressive Chiesa (church) Santo Spirito. Oh and did I mention the shopping? There are a ridiculous number of privately owned boutiques.
Perfect for the solo traveler, I have always felt very safe and welcomed whenever I am out wandering, looking to discover new corners of Bergamo.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety - 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language - 3 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)