We arrived home last Wednesday after 2 weeks in Peschiera Del Garda.
We flew with Ryanair, we were lucky to book extremely reasonable fares, £78 for 2, return to Manchester and great daytime flights. We decided because we got these seats at such a good price to upgrade to priority booking and also Fast Track at Manchester which the end price was £119 again very cheap. This was very successful we had great seats at the front of the plane and coming back had emergency seating. The air stewards and stewardess where very polite and helpful and the plane was 20 mins early going to Bergamo and 15 mins late coming back. We found Ryanair to be very professional and would certainly fly with them again.
When we arrived in Bergamo, we quickly found the bus stop into Bergamo, as you enter the arrival lounge there are signs above your head to show where the bus stops are, which is just outside the arrival lounge the fare was about 2 euros something, it was a very stress free connection into Bergamo.
We had booked a night in Alex and Angie's BB, which was a short walk and easy to find, but of course we did do our Google map and searches to make sure we knew where we were going. We were greeted outside by a lovely friendly lady who spoke a bit of English, we don't speak much Italian, but of course it all went well.
After we dropped our bags off we walked to the cable car and took a rid up to the old town, which is lovely, we had a drink in one of the old squares. After this we decided to walk back to the cable car but lost our way and so started the trip down through a park which was very nice and arrived down to the new town but didn't have a clue where we were so started walking in the direction which we thought the station would be, the BB wasn't far from there.
After about what seemed an hour we decide to ask for direction because it was getting dark, we were so lucky, we asked a lady who immediately in broken English beckoned us to her car and we understood that we may be a long way away from the station. This angel of ours took us to the station, which we would never have found and it was a long way away. We were so pleased and grateful as we were very tired by then, we do hope nice things happen to this wonderful lady in the future.
When we arrived in Bergamo station before we set off to find our BB we bought our train ticket to PDG on the Rural train for the next morning, which changed at Brescia the fare was about 15 euros for the both of us. Again, we found if all very easy and the trains were on time in the station there are screens to show which trains are coming into the station. We had to change at Brescia and platforms so decided to ask at one of the kiosk which platform did the train to PDG go from. It can be busy at the kiosk but we were given the information and got the train without much problem. We found all the ticket clerks on our trip to be very helpful and very friendly.
We had backpacks and there were steps leading down from the platform at Brescia and another set of steps leading up to the ticket kiosks, so had to walk back down again to the platform, we didn't have much problem with this but of course if you have children and cases it would be a bit awkward. Coming back from PDG was as stress free as arriving and found if you are planning a trip around Italy is to buy your tickets the day before as the station kiosks are busy.
I have written a JBR on PDG thread regarding our stay at Bella Italia, so I hope this will be helpful to someone and hope I haven't gone on for to long, I am not very good at this.
The weather over the 2 weeks was changeable, we had about 8 days of sunshine out of the fortnight and it did rain most to the other days.
We enjoyed our stay in Italy, we have travelled around before in Italy and find the Italian people to have a great sense of humour and very friendly and helpful especially if you can't speak Italian but do try a bit.