Relais San Lorenzo, Italy

Just 37 miles from Milan, the historic walled city of Bergamo Alta is a tangle of narrow streets lined with medieval buildings Thursday, 3 November 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Just 37 miles from Milan, the historic walled city of Bergamo Alta is a tangle of narrow streets lined with medieval buildings, overlooking forest-clad hills and lush valleys. It’s here, tucked away on a cobbled street next to the main square, Piazza Mascheroni, that Relais San Lorenzo can be found.

Reopened in 2013 after an extensive renovation, the hotel is designed around the beautifully preserved ruins of a church and its cloisters. But despite being steeped in centuries of history, Relais San Lorenzo is shot through with sleek, modern touches that complement its classic appeal.

Arranged around a central courtyard, the hotel’s 30 rooms and suites are a chic mix of dark wooden floors, monochrome rugs, leather sofas and walls splashed with dusky, nearly-black hues. Molton Brown toiletries line bathroom shelves, and Nespresso machines top bedroom tables. Many guest rooms and suites offer views across the rustic piazza or sweeping valley panoramas.

Without even having to set foot in a museum, guests can marvel at the ever-present history from the comfort of their dining chair: the hotel’s Hostaria restaurant is artfully built around Roman and medieval ruins; the exposed stone walls and crumbling remnants of the ancient church add character to the sleek charcoal-grey space. The man behind the menu, innovative chef Antonio Cuomo, creates exquisite Italian food, accompanied by a selection of over 250 fine wines.

Guests can also enjoy an aperitivo to the sound of pealing bells on the hotel’s stone terrace, against a stunning backdrop of rolling countryside. Exploring the Città Alta is a must: centuries of history reside within its winding streets, intermingled with boutiques, museums and enticing restaurants and bars. Further afield, a host of possibilities open up, from the cosmopolitan buzz of Milan to the serenity of the Italian Lakes or even mountain escapes in the distant Alps.

Whatever excitement the day may bring, the hotel’s spa — complete with sauna, steam bath and a wall of rock salt — awaits; offering a relaxing, revitalising oasis for guests.

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Feast on gourmet food while soaking up the history at Hostaria restaurant — artfully set within Roman and medieval ruins

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Key Facilities

• 30 rooms and suites
• Spa with sauna and steam bath
• Hostaria restaurant

Contact Information
T: +39 035 237383

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