BERGAMO and LAKE COMO
You can decide to spend your time both in Bergamo and/or in Lake Como
Bergamo is a charming medieval town in Lombardy only 50 km away from Milan and one hour from the lake district. Under the Roman domination, Bergomum was a city of great importance and was surrounded by mighty walls, rebuilt and enlarged during the Venetian domination and nowadays a Unesco World Heritage. Bergamo is divided into two parts, the upper, older Città Alta, and the lower, modern Città Bassa, connected since 1887 also by a funicular. In Città Alta you will find most of the historic buildings and tourist sights: Piazza Vecchia, Cattedrale, Palazzo della Ragione, Santa Maria Maggiore, Cappella Colleoni, Rocca, Battistero, Teatro Sociale, just to name few of them.
There is no traffic and the narrow lanes are pleasant to wander. The old town has a good selection of traditional restaurants, including starred restaurants, pizzerias, ostarias, enotecas, besides bakeries and shops selling specialties, typical foodstuffs, mouthwatering pastries and delicacies.
Città Bassa, laid out around the beginning of the seventeenth century, is composed of pleasant wide boulevards and contains many sights of interest, museums, theatre, libraries and architectural beauties as well.
There are two different possibilities to enjoy a wonderful experience on the shore of Lake Como, very close to Milan (1 hour and 30 m. by direct trains to Varenna). The gentleness of the climate, the beauty of the coast and the richness of the art and history of the area make it perfect for a homestay study vacation
Corenno Plinio is a small village, dating back to medieval times. The area is home to many historic villas and important buildings, with parks and gardens of great environmental value, both individually and as a whole.
Menaggio is located in the scenic area of the “Golden Triangle”, famous for its beauty and rich history.
From both places, you can visit Bellagio, Varenna, Piona, Tremezzo, Lenno, Gravedona, Como and at a short distance, the mountain area of St. Moritz and Valtellina.