What you should know before hiring a car in Bergamo
Bergamo city centre
Where to rent a car in Bergamo?
Not far from Milan, in the Lombardy region of Italy, Bergamo is known for its historic Città Alta district, bordered by Venetian walls. It is served by the busy Orio al Serio International Airport, which offers transport options such as the Bergamo Bus to transport travelers into the city center. Also to be found at the airport are a number of car rental companies, including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, OptimoRent and Thrifty. Renting a car from Bergamo's Orio al Serio International Airport is not only a great way to reach the city of Bergamo itself; it also allows visitors to explore Italy at their leisure, with no need to rely on mass transit timetables. Bergamo is also home to a train station, which offers rail services to a number of other areas in Italy.
Driving in Bergamo: parking and other tips
When renting a car in Bergamo, visitors will need to be at least 18 years old – although anyone under the age of 25 wishing to rent a car may be subject to an additional "young driver" fee. In Italy, cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and while Italians may be known for their adventurous driving, it is essential to stick to the rules of the road (including the speed limit) to avoid receiving a fine! When it comes to parking in Bergamo, there are a number of free and paid parking options. The Visit Bergamo website offers information on where to find free parking spaces in the city. Rather than renting your car upon arrival in Bergamo, it is possible to explore the city by foot or public transport, before returning to the airport to collect your rental car and explore further afield.
Road trips from Bergamo
Renting a car in Bergamo frees visitors from the mercy of rail and bus timetables, allowing for the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas at their own pace. Discover the sights of northern Italy by rental car with these three road trips from Bergamo.
Bergamo to Milan
Around an hour's drive from Bergamo, the city of Milan is waiting to be explored. Known for its fashion, and host to Milan Fashion Week, the city is well located for a day trip from Bergamo by rental car. See the Gothic Milan Cathedral; visit the medieval Sforza Castle; and admire the art on show at the Royal Palace of Milan. The city is also home to plenty of Italian restaurants offering fine dining experiences.
Bergamo to Venice
One of Italy's most iconic cities, Venice is a mere 2h 10m drive from Bergamo. While cars are not permitted in Venice itself, there are a number of parking lots catering to those arriving in the city by car. Known for its history and beautiful canals, the city boasts over 400 bridges, the most famous of which are the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. The Piazza San Marco, overlooked by Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the San Marco Campanile are among Venice's most popular sights – as is the Grand Canal, which can be toured by gondola for the true Venetian experience.
Bergamo to Turin
Home to beautiful architecture, delicious Italian cuisine, and breathtaking Alpine views, the city of Turin lies in the Piedmont region of Italy. A two-hour drive will transport travelers from Bergamo to Turin by car, with the route passing through northern Italy, making it possible to stop off in Milan along the way. Upon arrival in Turin, pay a visit to the historic Piazza Castello and check out one of the museums lining the square. Also on the itinerary for a trip to Turin is a visit to the Museo Egizio, which focuses on Egyptian artefacts; the Baroque Palazzo Carignano; and the Royal Palace of Turin.