Bergamo is sometimes lumped in with the greater Milan region. That major Italian urban centre may be just 25 miles to the south west, but Bergamo is a fascinating historic city in its own right. If you hire a car in the city, you'll find it stands at the edge of the Alps with the picturesque Italian lakes to the north. The old part of the town stands on higher ground with the modern parts spreading across the flat plain below. Road connections are good – the A4 motorway runs very close by, linking to Milan and Venice. The city's busy international airport is to the south east, alongside the motorway.