Milan - Bergamo Airport
Milan - Bergamo airport, also known as Orio al Serio airport or Bergamo airport is located just 45km from Milan and boasts significant passenger traffic thanks to the low-cost airlines that use it, although it doesn’t receive as many passengers as the main Milan Malpensa airport.
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy, after the impressive Rome, which receives large numbers of visitors throughout the year. Hire your car at Bergamo Airport and travel to Milan, the city of fashion, completely independently with your hire car.
Car hire at Milan – Bergamo airport
If you are visiting Italy on a tight budget, the best option is to fly to Milan Bergamo Airport and hire your car from there to travel to the city of Milan, which is located just a 50-minute drive away.
Driving on Italian roads is similar to driving in Spain and other European countries. In Italy, they drive on the right and use the left lane for overtaking; seatbelts are compulsory as is having an international driving licence.
Italy has an extensive network of motorways, although you can use the secondary roads and drive on the free roads. The main motorway is known as A1 or “Autostrada del Sole” and runs from north to south, linking Milan with Naples.
What to see in Bergamo
Bergamo – Orio al Serio airport is used by people travelling on low-cost flights to start their trip to Italy from Milan although the city of Bergamo itself is rich in cultural and architectural heritage. Bergamo is worth a visit in your hire car.
The Città Alta of Bérgamo
Its historic centre is located on a hilltop, surrounded by large walls, which transports us back to medieval times with large baroque and palatial constructions of renaissance stone, the most charming part of the city is called the città alta of Bergamo. Wander along the cobbled streets of Via Gombito, with its ample patisseries and restaurants until you reach Via Colleoni, a street with authentic charm where the essence of Bergamo can be found or visit the spellbinding Piazza Vecchia, a corner of the city which conjures up the architectural magic and tradition of the Italian renaissance which will astonish you, especially if you climb the campanone to view the city from above, where you will find the Palazzo del Podesta, Palazzo del Comune, El Pallazo della Ragione and the Torre Cívica.
Don’t forget to stroll from Piazza Vecchia to Piazza del Duomo, also called Plaza de la Catedral, where you will find the Cathedral of Bergamo or of Saint Alexander of Bergamo, the majestic Church of Santa María Maggiore and its amazing Capella Colleoni. Once you have visited the city of Bergamo, we can travel to Milan, the extraordinary city of fashion, in our hire car.
Milan Tourist Information
Milan is considered to be one of the main capitals in Italy, a city where passion for fashion and artistic heritage can be found in every corner of this beautiful Lombardy city.
What to see in Milan
Milan has plenty to offer, however the main tourist sites can be visited in two or three days. Visiting Piazza del Duomo, seeing Milan Cathedral and the views from its terrace, enjoy a coffee in Piazza Mercanti or strolling around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II are just some of the unmissable impressive sites for your car journey to Milan.
Art, culture and fashion in Milan
Art, culture and fashion are three elements which can be seen in the city of Milan with every step you take. Wander around Plaza del Duomo, day or night, and you will always find a spectacular show across from Milan Cathedral, one of the largest in the world, which harmoniously boasts various architectural styles. Milan Cathedral also houses the nail from Christ’s crucifix. We recommend taking time to visit its terrace, either by taking the lift or the stairs, to see the city from above and take some great photos of Milan from up high.
Across from Plaza del Duomo is the enchanting Piazza Mercanti, one of the most welcoming corners of Milan, which still retains its historic value and boasts many beautiful buildings such as the Palazzo della Ragione, Loggia degli Ossi, Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine or Casa dei Panigarola.
We now head to Plaza de la Scala, a lively area home to a statue dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci and there we can also see the Teatro alla Scalla, one of the most famous international opera houses, where you can visit its red boxes and see the elegant atmosphere from within and visit its museum with a collection of costumes and paintings from the opera world. We direct you to the majestic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a precious gallery from the 19th century with glass and iron arches home to the most famous stores in Milan. Go for a stroll around its beautiful shop windows and, if you like traditions, thank your lucky stars and do a full turn on your right foot under the Savoia mosaic, with the shield of a bull, the family’s emblem.
Your trip to Milan by car would not be complete without a visit to Sforza Castle, originally built as a fortress in the 14th century and subsequently transformed into a ducal palace, which today houses an interesting collection of museums (Egyptian, Ancient Art, Picture Gallery…) which are worth a visit.
Next to Sforza Castle is Simplon Park, with over 47 hectares of English gardens it is the ideal place to relax with a picnic after a long day of sightseeing in Milan and watch the animals in its artificial lake.
At Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the most well-known in Italy, you can find works by artists such as Rafael, Caravaggio or Tintoretto, a real place of worship for lovers of art.
During your car journey around Milan, you must visit one of the most surprising corners of the city, Milan’s Monumental Cemetery, which was constructed in the 19th century on the outskirts of the city to reunify all the cemeteries of the time. Today, it is an impressive outdoor sculpture museum whose beauty amazes all who dare to enter.
Finally, another of the most extraordinary corners of Milan is the Piazza Gae Aulenti, constructed in 2012, and is the most modern square in Milan and one of the best places to go at night, not forgetting the unrivalled views of Milan from the Unicredit Tower.
Excursions by car around Milan
Prepare your hire car for touring the lakes, specifically Lake Como, the third largest in Italy. Lake Como extends to the edges of the towns ofBellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo, and Menaggio still maintaining the magic of yesteryear with their traditional houses overhanging the lake from the mountains and lush countryside.
The best way to get to Lake Como is to hire a car, enter the GPS and drive to Lake Como to begin our tour of these idyllic landscapes of indescribable beauty.