Milan is within easy travelling distance of Bergamo and makes an interesting day out with plenty of things to see and good shops and restaurants.
There is an hourly train service to Milan from the railway station in Piazza Marconi in Bergamo’s Città Bassa (lower town).
The journey takes less than an hour and you arrive at Milan’s Stazione Centrale with its spectacular iron and glass roof.
You could take the metro to Piazza Duomo to see the magnificent cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II with its smart shops and bars.
Or to experience something completely different, take the metro to Porta Genova, from where it is a short walk to the vibrant Navigli district (pictured above).
The banks of i Navigli, Milan ’s ancient canal network, have now become a lively area full of art galleries, antiques shops, restaurants and bars. During the summer, Naviglia Grande is the location for an antiques market on some Sundays.
Milan’s canals date back to the 12th century. They were used to ship marble into the city while the Duomo was being built in the 14th century and continued to be used till as recently as the 1970s to bring in sand and gravel.
Now the Milanese enjoy walking along the banks of the canals by day and visiting the night spots in the area after dark.
If you are tempted to sample the nightlife of the Navigli district, you could book a stay at a hotel in the area.
The Ca Bianca Corte del Naviglio is in an ideal location in Via Lodovico il Moro, which runs alongside Naviglio Grande.
It is a short walk from Porta Genova, or you could take the tram from outside the station to a stop just 50 metres from the hotel.
Located in an historic building, the Ca Bianca Corte del Naviglio has a pleasant courtyard and garden to relax in as well as its own bar and restaurant.
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