Teaching in Bergamo in Wave 2

In August, I stepped back into my classroom to see the calendar still on Thursday, 13th February. We had been so caught up in Carnival celebrations on Valentine’s Day that my calendar wizard class helper had forgotten to change the date the next day. Little did we know all learning would be remote for the…

Diga del Gleno: Exploring Lombardy

Way up in the mountains, in the back of beyond of the province of Bergamo, and then just a little further, stand the remains of a dam called La Diga del Gleno. Tragically, this dam burst its banks in 1923 sending 6 million cubic metres of water down the mountains, causing destruction in the towns…

Tips for Wine-Tasting in Italy

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Brandy Shearer. Brandy is the author of AOLR (Art of Living on the Road) where she writes about her experiences of life in Italy and shares her husband Paolo’s gorgeous photography. Italy has around 350 Italian wine varietals throughout it’s 20 stunning regions – Barolo, Amarone…

Lake Garda: A cycle/walking path like no other!

While doing some research about cycle paths in the north of Italy, I stumbled across the most beautiful (and I hate using this adjective but it’s true) “Instagrammable” suspended cycle path on a cliff face beside Lake Garda. Reading a bit more, the advice was to walk instead of cycle as the shiny new suspended…

Back to School in Bergamo in 2020

It was so easy to forget, when stuck at home during lockdown, exactly what it felt like to do all the things you were suddenly unable to do. I for one, took this as a blessing. With Bergamo in bits, the epicentre of Europe for a time, I couldn’t have cared less about weekend social…

Big Bench Hopping Through Piemonte’s Vineyards

This summer I discovered the Big Bench Community Project. It’s the brainchild of artist Chris Bangle – a non-profit community art project in which huge benches have been constructed all around Italy (and other countries too). These led me to lovely hikes around Lake Iseo, near Bergamo. When planning a wine-tasting weekend away, I decided…

Bergamo & Brescia’s Big Benches Leading to New Discoveries

Summer 2020, AKA “the summer of the staycation,” gave me a drive to explore new things on my doorstep here in Bergamo, Italy. One of the best things to help me find new and interesting places was the Big Bench Community Project. This is a non-profit project by artist Chris Bangle to support local enterprise,…

Bergamo Travel Guide: A Weekend in Bergamo (with a car)

Bergamo became a well-recognised name for all the wrong reasons in 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic. I am writing a series of posts this summer to show you the beauty of Bergamo and its surroundings. Obviously I am not encouraging international visitors to travel in 2020 but do bookmark these posts for…

Bergamo Travel Guide: A Weekend in Bergamo (without a car)

Bergamo needs some love after 2020. I’m writing a series of posts to share the best of Bergamo. This is not at all suggesting that you visit Bergamo right now in summer 2020. This is just some inspiration that you can bookmark and keep for a time when it is safe to travel again. Bergamo…

Reopening Pubs – The Sad Reality Of Irish Drinking Culture

The Irish government’s decision not to reopen pubs for the foreseeable future shines a spotlight on a very negative aspect of Irish culture. Distraught publicans rightly mourned the decision that has, for many, put an end to their livelihood. The government, in a desperate bid to protect the country, has taken on the role of…

Bergamo Travel Guide: Best Places to Eat & Drink in Bergamo City

If you’re a foodie like me, then Bergamo has lots to offer you. I’ve listed some restaurants and cafés in my previous post, 24 hours in Bergamo City. Here’s a little more detail on where to find the best food in Bergamo. All suggestions are my personal favourites, based on my 8 years living here and…

Bergamo Travel Guide: 24 hours in Bergamo City

Bergamo is a charming city and well worth a visit, be it a weekend away or a stop there while visiting another part of northern Italy. Having lived there for 8 years, I’ve finally decided to write a few blog posts to help you get the most out of your stay. Unfortunately, Bergamo was very…