Lombardia Travel Guide
Where is Lombardy located?
Lombardy lies in northern Italy. It is one of the country’s largest and most densely populated regions, bordering Switzerland and the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto.
The second largest city in Italy, Milan is the chief town of Lombardy. It is also the country’s financial and fashion capital, and a popular destination among luxury travelers for its exclusive boutiques, five star hotels, and fine dining restaurants.
What to see in Lombardy?
- Milan: Duomo, Teatro alla Scala, the Pinacoteca di Brera museum, Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, and Italy’s most famous shopping street, Via Montenapoleone.
- Lake Como: awe-inspiring views and majestic villas in Bellagio, Varenna, and Villa del Balbianello.
- Lake Garda: the largest lake in Italy, with charming towns on its shores such as Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda.
- Bergamo: plenty of medieval monuments in the Bergamo Alta neighbourhood.
- Brescia: medieval and renaissance monuments in the Old town like the San Salvatore-Santa Giulia monastery, and some of the most important Roman ruins in Northern Italy.
- Franciacorta: sparkling wine district with Lake Iseo in the middle, housing Italy’s largest lake island:
- Mantua: Palazzo Ducale (with the renaissance frescoes by renowned painter Andrea Mantegna), and Palazzo Te.
- Stelvio National Park: Mountain landscapes and hiking.
- Cremona: the home of legendary violin-maker Antonio Stradivari, also housing a monumental cathedral.
- Valtellina: picture-perfect terraced vineyards, mountain chalets and ski resorts.
What are the typical dishes in Lombardy?
Gastronomy in Lombardy is extremely varied: starting from Milan, risotto alla milanese (with bone marrow and saffron) and veal cutlet are two world-famous classics of Italian cuisine. Cassoela is less renowned but equally tasty, consisting of a mix of winter vegetables and pork offals.
Pizzoccheri (traditional pasta made with buckwheat) match potatoes and cabbage in the most famous recipe from Valtellina, where you will also find the renowned Bresaola della Valtellina (low-fat veal cold cut).
Casoncelli from Brescia and Mantua-style pumpkin tortelli (filled with nuts) are just two of the many kinds of fresh pasta found throughout the region. Polenta (boiled cornmeal) is mixed with spare pork cuts in the Padana plain, and a Franciacorta-based sauce is served with risotto around Lake Iseo. Last but not least, Panettone (Christmas sweet bread with candied orange and raisins) and hazelnuts-filled torrone di Cremona stand out among the sweets.