Useful information about guided visits

Meeting point and start of service:

The meeting point with the guide is in Piazzale Marconi in front of the train station. After having left the highway A4 at the exit “Bergamo”, turn off at the third junction . At a traffic light in front of a railway bridge turn right and follow the road to the train station in Piazzale Marconi.
Toilets are available on the first floor in the opposite building (bus station) at € 0,30.

How to visit the town:

With your own bus, you drive through the Lower Town along the main road from the train station to the Upper Town which you enter through the Porta S.Agostino. Immediately after the gate, the bus turns left and travels on top of the town wall along the Viale delle Mura.
ATTENTION: Busses must not be higher than 3,50 m; otherwise tourists must travel to the Upper Town with the “funicolare”, the cable car, that links the Lower to the Upper Town.
The bus will drop people either in Colle Aperto in the Upper Town and meet them there again later or else at the lower station of the “funicolare” in the Lower Town. The guided visit itself will be done on foot through medieval streets, along the various monuments including the Colleoni Chapel and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
NO entrance fee is due in either monument.

Useful Informations:

Public transport:
Busses must not exceed 3,50 m in height. After dropping people in the Upper Town, they return to the Lower Town following the signs to the special parking areas for busses.

Toilets:
Two toilets are available in the Upper Town at the cost of € 0,30, closed on Mondays during the winter season: one in Colle Aperto and one half-way on the way to the center (Via Mario Lupi). To avoid loss of time, we recommend the use of toilets in the various service areas along the Highway A4 (Dalmine, direction Milan, and Rovato, direction Brescia) or those in the bus station in the Lower Town.

Information material:
To be obtained in the IAT tourist offices in the Lower Town and in Torre Gombito in the Upper Town.

Restaurants:
In both the Upper and the Lower Town, there are many restaurants of different size as well as coffee and bakery shops, which are open throughout the day. Our secretary’s office will provide you with useful information as to where to eat local and traditional food. If you prefer a picnic you may stop somewhere along the town wall or else in the various parks: Rocca, S. Agostino, S. Vigilio.

Shopping:
In both the Upper and the Lower Town, there is a rich offer for shoppers of any kind depending on your budget. Shops normally close at lunchtime but during the summer season, many shops remain open during the whole day. On the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of August) there is a typical local market in the squares of the Upper Town, the “Mercatino”.

Picnic for school children:
School children may have lunch in one of the two church courts at the cost of € 1,50/1,80, to be booked.