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Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $1608 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $2185 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $2258 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $3788 USD
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You might say the northern Italian city of Bergamo has a split personality. Its lower town, the economic and commercial hub, is separated from the historic, medieval upper town by immense Venetian walls.

Your private driver and guide will arrive at your Lake Como hotel to begin the drive to the town of Bergamo.

Your driver will bring you directly to Lower Bergamo, where you'll board the town's funicular. This railway, specially designed for traveling up and down steep inclines, has been carrying locals and visitors between the lower and upper town for more than 120 years. As the funicular's orange coach ascends, take in the incredible views of Lower Bergamo and its surroundings. You'll pass through the immense Venetian Works of Defense, built between the 16th and 17th centuries to protect the city from attack. These walls run through 5 other Italian, Croatian and Montenegran cities and are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You might think the funicular is really a time machine, for when you step out into Upper Bergamo, (also known as Bergamo Alta), you will have been transported back to Medieval times, with cobblestone streets, lovely piazzas, domed churches, and sublime architecture. Your guide will relate the fascinating history and traditions of this incredible town.

The Piazza Vecchia is the heart and soul of Upper Bergamo, its artistic and cultural center. With the intriguing Contarini Fountain at the center, exquisite Renaissance architecture and lovely cafes, Piazza Vecchia has served as a gathering place for residents and visitors for generations.

The tour moves on to Piazza Duomo, with its concentration of religious buildings. You'll visit the magnificent Bergamo Cathedral, resplendent with beautiful dome frescos, baptistry paintings, an ornate altarpiece, and a tiara belonging to Pope John XXIII. The Cathedral is dedicated to the town's patron saint, St. Alexander the Martyr, whose remains rest within the altar. Right next door, another masterpiece, the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, awaits. This stunning example of Lombard Romanesque architecture was built in honor of the Virgin Mary, who protected the city during a plague outbreak in 1100.

It's time for a break and your guide will be happy to suggest a few lovely spots for a delicious lunch.

The tour continues around the small, picturesque alleys and numerous, charming squares that characterize Bergamo Alta. You will see Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, an ancient shoe marketplace that was formerly a point of convergence for streets coming from Milan to the west and Venice to the east and is now a point of access to the city.

Piazza Mercato del Fieno holds a nice surprise, the Medieval St. Francesco convent that is now a museum.

Finally, you will admire a perfectly preserved, ancient washhouse, built in 1881. This "lavatoio" was used by locals to do laundry, socialize and quench their thirst. This valued remnant of the city's past represents a masterful example of applied engineering, as it worked perfectly until the 1950s.

You'll board the funicular once more, returning back to the lower part of town. From here, your private driver will take you back to Lake Como. During the ride, feel free to ask your knowledgeable guide any questions about all that you have just experienced.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from your Como or Lake Como hotel
  • Private driver and professional English-speaking guide
  • Funicular ride to Bergamo's Upper Town
  • Venetian Works of Defense
  • Piazza Vecchia (outside views)
  • Piazza Duomo (Bergamo Cathedral, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, Colleoni Chapel)
  • Ancient Washhouse
  • Bergamo Alta alleys
  • All entrance and reservations fees
  • Lunch stop (at your expense)

Days of Operation

Mon - no
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (7 hrs) Tour length includes transfer time.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• The drive from Lake Como to Bergamo takes approximately 75-90 minutes, depending on traffic.
• Please wear comfortable shoes. This tour involves approximately 3 hours of walking (with breaks), some on cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces.
• During warm weather, wear sunblock and a hat.
• If you'd prefer a different departure time, please contact ShoreTrips.


• A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
• The order of the sites visited might change for organizational reasons.
• Some of the venues (or parts of them) may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures (ongoing restoration, mass celebrations, special events). When this occurs, we offer customers an extended visit of the outside and/or of other attractions according to the advertised total length of the tour.
• Please be aware that although this tour operates on Mondays, most of the restaurants are closed, limiting your choices for lunch.
• There might be a surcharge for hotels located farther from Lake Como. You will be contacted by ShoreTrips if this is the case before your booking is confirmed.