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A hidden treasure to discover and a unique destination to explore — this is Relais San Lorenzo in Bergamo in the north of Italy. This luxury five-star hotel is nestled among the ancient Venetian walls of the fascinating Bergamo Alta, which have been a UNETuesday, 6 August 2019

A hidden treasure to discover and a unique destination to explore — this is Relais San Lorenzo in Bergamo in the north of Italy. This luxury five-star hotel is nestled among the ancient Venetian walls of the fascinating Bergamo Alta, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2017

Bergamo holds the roots of its history inside its name, along with the charm of its ancient origins: a mountain (berg) with a house on top (heim). Located right before the pre-Alps, the city on the hill used to be a Celtic settlement before the coming of the Romans in the year 49BC, when it became a municipality. 

Over the centuries, this strategic natural stronghold overlooking the flatland experienced the domination of Lombards and Frankish populations, up to the age of the communes, when Bergamo began to turn into the medieval gem it is today.

In 1427, Bergamo was annexed to the Republic of Venice during which time the outer walls were built — they’re still visible today. The Venetian works of defence were built between 1561 and 1588, and Bergamo was transformed into a fortified city. Today it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Lombardy. 

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its winding streets and Venetian walls, Bergamo offers beautiful renaissance architecture with stunning historical buildings, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (the church of Santa Maria Maggiore) and rich museums, like the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti di Bergamo and Palazzo Moroni which is home to masterpieces by major names from the art world, including Lorenzo Lotto, Moroni, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and Dürer.

Only 45 minutes by car from Milan, Bergamo is also well connected to several other cities in Italy, thanks to the motorway A4, which stretches on the axis between Milan, Verona, and Venice. The city is served by Il Caravaggio International Airport, the third-busiest airport in Italy and has a population of around 120,000. Bergamo is the fourth-largest city in Lombardy.

Extensive renovation

Relais San Lorenzo is located at Piazza Mascheroni, the heart of the ancient city, which is known as città alta (‘the upper city’). Following an extensive renovation — which was overseen by the famous Italian architect Adolfo Natalini
— the Relais San Lorenzo is now a stunning fusion of contemporary design and a late Roman and medieval archaeological site. 

With 30 stylishly and individually decorated luxury rooms and suites, each featuring modern interior design elements, the hotel overlooks a private cloister and neighbouring church. There’s also an exclusive and sensual spa, gourmet restaurant, cocktail bar and a scenic terrace, all of which add up to make this delightful hotel a peaceful retreat right in the heart of Bergamo’s old town.

Relais San Lorenzo’s 30 superbly furnished rooms are made up of: two business rooms; 12 superior rooms; four deluxe rooms; five premiere rooms; two junior suites; four suites; and finally there’s the exclusive San Lorenzo suite. Various shades of brown and cream create a warm and sophisticated feel in the rooms and suites, all of which are furnished with top quality Italian craftsmanship, made with finest leathers and woods. Furthermore, all of the beds throughout the Relais San Lorenzo have handmade satin sheets by Rivolta Carmignani.

Relais San Lorenzo is a luxury retreat, an oasis of elegance, surrounded by the Orobic Alps. The hotel is the perfect oasis from which to discover the beauty of Bergamo, with its museums, churches and history. Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the beautiful terrace with a stunning view of the Alps. The terrace is also a great place to savour an aperitivo or relax in the whirlpool bath. 

From the lobby area, guests can enjoy the internal cloister: every single element, colour, piece of furniture expresses the magic combination of art and culture, ancient ruins and future, nature and emotion. The elegant rooms of Relais San Lorenzo are simple and sophisticated, and it’s a destination that can be visited no matter the time of year — Christmas at the hotel has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Gourmet restaurant Hostaria

The Relais San Lorenzo’s restaurant Hostaria offers guests a gourmet menu prepared by its executive chef Antonio Cuomo, who creates a selection of local recipes featuring the best of Italian cuisine. Antonio Cuomo, a rising star and award-winning chef, has been sharing his passion for fine cuisine at Hostaria since its opening. Originally from Campania, Antonio Cuomo is a self-taught chef motivated by a great passion for creating the very best dishes. 

The restaurant has an extensive wine cellar with more than 250 wine labels from around the world and a lounge bar with a wide selection of exclusive spirits and cocktails. Every year, Hosteria organises a series of cooking events with some of the world’s leading Michelin-starred chefs.

Relais San Lorenzo has an exclusive spa with a wellness area, Finnish sauna, hammam, halotherapy, fog and rain cold area, and massage parlour. Relais San Lorenzo’s offers a unique spa experience distinguished by relaxation.


Book a table in the gourmet restaurant Hostaria with its magical atmosphere, surrounded by archaeological ruins


• 30 rooms and suites
• Hostaria restaurant
• San Lorenzo Spa
• Sauna and steam bath
• Jacuzzi

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