Bergamo (pronounced BARE-ga-mo, not ber-GAM-oh) isn't a city that's on many people's Italian radars. But it's Greenville's sister city. We have a Piazza Bergamo and a Ristorante Bergamo downtown, and since we're over on this side of the pond now, we decided we wanted to see the actual Bergamo.
Now we have, and all I have to say is, Greenville lucked out on the sister city draw. Bergamo definitely got the short end of that stick. This town. Y'all. The old medieval city, Citta Alta, up on the hill. The newer city, Cite Bassa, down at the base. The surrounding mountains. The...just...everything. I am in love.
It started with a wonderful Airbnb stay. I know y'all think they're probably paying me a commission or something, but I promise, I really just am that obsessed. Our very kind host even volunteered to pick us up from the train station and take us to the house. It was even cuter in person than online. Here are a couple of pics (that, much like her own, don't do it justice).
It was a studio, but that was all we needed because we weren't there very much. And our host, Annamaria, even left chocolates on our pillows and a houseplant (I think it's a rose) for us. Which led to another interesting lesson learned: you can fly with houseplants in your carry-on bag within the European Union. We actually got our little rose back to France!
Anyway, the trip started off on a wonderful foot and continued to just get better. And it's going to be a lot easier for me to show you than to tell you. My words can't compare to this place. So without further ado, here you go:
For our last meal, we splurged and ate at Trip Advisor's #1 restaurant in Bergamo, Trattoria Camozzi, which happened to be right behind our apartment. We did the traditional first course, main course, and dessert, with a little free apertivo and tiny glass of Prosecco thrown in. Meal pictured below. It was just unbelievable. We were sickeningly stuffed afterwards. Good thing we walked more than 25,000 steps on Saturday.
Can we be the official ambassadors to Bergamo? Like some kind of exchange program for grown-ups? We promise to represent G-Vegas well and to do our very best to help international relations, aided by much wine and gelato.
We absolutely loved visiting you, and we hope we get to see you again. Thank you for the beautiful views, incredible food, and precious memories.
E & B