Lombardy is one of the largest and wealthiest regions of Italy lying in the north of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland. Stretching from the Alps to the lowlands of the Po Valley, it is home to a wide range of landscapes including spectacular mountain chain that boasts its valleys. The capital of the region is Milan which is the second most popular tourist destination in Italy due to its numerous cathedrals, museums and its worldwide famous La Scala opera house.
The region has much to offer in terms of its natural and architectural perspective. There the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Mantua including the Sacred Mountains, the prehistoric rock paintings of the Camonica Valley, the Rhaetian Railway and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan containing the Last Supper – the celebrated Leonardo Da Vinci fresco.
After Milan, the second Lombardy’s attraction is the Alps providing an amazing background, beautiful lakes dotted with villas, impressive valleys and hills and wealthy and attractive towns filled with imposing buildings as well as with Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance churches. The area has numerous ski resorts and winter sports center of Bormio.
The region boasts its beautiful lakes including Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore which have been attracting tourists from all over Europe. Lake Como boasts sparkling blue-green water set against the snowy peaks of the Alps. It has been famous resort destination since Roman times. The ancient town of Como boasts its spectacular views, attractive buildings and basilica. Thin and long Lake Maggiore is a home to stately hotels, quaint villages and the distinctive Borromean islands. Lake Garda is the biggest oа the lakes lying between the Alps and the Pianura Padana plain.
The mountains, the plains and grand lakes of Lombardy form the perfect backdrop for a vacation filled with nature, athletics, rest and routes for discovering the territory.
Location: North of Italy
Capital of the region: Milan
Sights: Milan Cathedral, La Citta Alta, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Cuisine: You should try: risotto alla milanese, cotoletta alla milanese, panettone, risotto alla Milanese
Hotels: Lancaster Hotel, Hotel Sonne, Hotel Europa
Shopping: In Castiglione Olona, every month on the first Sunday in Piazza Garibaldi there is a large market. In this market visitors would be able to purchase several unique items like antiques, glass, bells in unique shapes, silver candelabra and old books some of which are even centuries old.