Turin and Bergamo

Old Nov 24th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Turin and Bergamo

I'm trying to decide between 2 days in Turin and 1 day in Bergamo vs. 3 days in Turin.

I want to do justice to Turin but don't want to miss Bergamo either. The rest of the time will be spent in Sicily.

Any suggestions?
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Old Nov 24th, 2007, 09:10 AM
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Never been to Turin, but spent a couple days in Bergamo. We had a great time and would go back. The pedestrian only shops were great. Also had street music that was fun.
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Old Nov 24th, 2007, 04:10 PM
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GaryCA,

I think it would be a pity to miss out on Bergamo if you have a chance to visit.

Here's a link to my trip report for more info;

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34598121

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Old Nov 24th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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That's terrific information, Jim. Thanks. Your trip report really makes me want to go to Bergamo. Maybe I can fit Turin into two days, unless I hear from somebody who convinces me otherwise.
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 04:19 AM
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I've never been to Bergamo, but Turin is a very nice city. It all depends on what you want to do in Turin. If you're not interested in museums, two days (I'm guessing 3 nights) is fine. The historic center is small and walkable. There are 3 main commercial streets (Via Garibaldi, Via Roma and Via Po) and two main squares (Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello).
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 04:54 AM
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My suggestion is equal to your first idea: 2 days in Turin and I day (including 1 night) in Bergamo.

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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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I was just able to book a free ticket for next October into Turin and out of Milan. So I will spend four nights in Turin at the beginning and then 1 night in Milan at the end before flying out. I guess there are always plenty of sidetrips out of Turin if three full days is too many, but my guess is there will be enough to do there.
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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excuse me for hopping onto this thread...

Can anyone comment on how Bergamo differs from Mantova?

I'm planning on going to Italy in the end of May beginning of June - 5 nights in Turin, 6 nights in Varenna, possibly 3 nights in Mantova (or Bergamo) and then 2 nights in Milan.

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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Bergamo has an old town located on top of a hill, the more modern part below. Mantova is flat and virtually surrounded by a lake/river. Bergamo has a population of about 120,00, while Mantova's is about 46,000.
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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ellenem - have you been to both? any preference?
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Old Nov 30th, 2007, 04:44 AM
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I've visited Mantova twice as a day trip from Verona. I've visited Bergamo once, staying overnight.

Without a car, I think Bergamo would have more to offer within the city. With a car, from Mantova you could go further afield to visit more villas.

Not sure that my opinion is the most informed . . .
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Old Nov 30th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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thanks ellenem
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