Bergamo is a city in the alpine Lombardy region of northern Italy, approximately 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Milan, and about 30 km (19 mi) from Switzerland, the alpine lakes Como and Iseo and 70 km (43 mi) from Garda and Maggiore. The Bergamo Alps (Alpi Orobie) are clearly visible from the city.
With a population of around 120,000, Bergamo is the fourth-largest city in Lombardy.
The city of Bergamo is composed of an old walled core, known as Città Alta ("Upper Town"), nestled within a system of hills, and the modern expansion in the plains below. The upper town is encircled by massive Venetian defensive systems that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 9 July 2017.
Bergamo is well connected to several cities in Italy, thanks to the motorway A4 stretching on the axis between Milan, Verona, and Venice. The city is served by Il Caravaggio International Airport, the third-busiest airport in Italy with 12.3 million passengers in 2017. Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan. For more detailed information about things to do in Bergamo please visit http://www.visitbergamo.net/en/
Airports and Connections
Bergamo is located 50 km from Milan. The closest airports are:
ORIO AL SERIO
Orio al Serio is just 5 km from Bergamo and 45 km from Milan. It is connected to many Italian and European destinations and is known for its large number of low-cost airlines. The Airport Bus service runs daily to and from the airport every 30 minutes and the journey takes about 20 minutes; for further info visit www.atb.bergamo.it
Bergamo Airport, Orio al Serio
Via Aeroporto, 13, Orio al Serio - Ph. +39 035 326323 - www.orioaeroporto.it
Milano Linate Airport offers a shuttle service to Milano Centrale rail station
Trains from Milano Centrale to Bergamo depart every hour and take approximately 1 hour more info
Private taxis can be booked in advance and cost around 90,00 euros more info
Milano Malpensa Airport offers a direct shuttle to Bergamo, the trip is about 2 hours long more info
TRAVEL WITHIN THE CITY
The Conference venue is located at the gates of the Upper City of Bergamo, which is an easy reachable area from the city centre, where the station and most hotels are located. Bus services run every 15 minutes (Bus number 1) and take approximately 13 minutes from the Rail Station to the Conference Venue. The bus stop is located just outside the station and tickets can be purchased in most Tobacco and newspaper shops inside and outside the station. Map here
Taxis are also available outside the station. The official taxi provider number is +39 035 451 90 90. You can also download a dedicated app called IT TAXI.
The Conference venue is a 20 minutes’ walk from most hotels in the city. It is a chance to fully enjoy the beautiful Venetian Walls and the incredible architecture of this area of the City, highly recommended.
You can apply for the Italy Schengen Visa as Italy is a EU Member State and a member state of the Schengen Area.
Please note, we cannot issue business letters of invitation as we do not have the requisites to guarantee for a business visa.
After checking with the Italian ministry of external affairs, they confirmed there is no need for a business visa as there will not be any commercial activity during the conference.
The visa you should ask for is a visa for cultural or sport events.
Even if you have been invited to present, please outline the event is open to public (anybody can purchase a ticket).
A standard letter of invitation will be provided upon request to all registered attendants, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your individual details.
For more information about the Visa Application Process please visit: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
Accommodations offering preferential rates
Below you can find all hotels and B&Bs in Bergamo that will offer preferential rates to IFERA delegates.
Please make sure to click on the hotel icon to find out more about individual rates, booking process and terms and conditions.