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Things To Do In LOMBARDY

Though not as famous as Tuscany, Lombardy comprises a world of natural, historic and contemporary treasures. In fact, it’s one of the largest and richest regions in Italy. Lombardy is located in the north of Italy, neighboring with Switzerland. Stretching all the way from the Alpine peaks to the lowlands, the area boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Rugged mountains, rolling hills and vineyards of Franciacorta area, great leaks, picturesque medieval towns, flat lowlands of Po Valley and dynamic modern cities like Milan. It’s impossible to run out of things to do in Lombardy. Its history, nature, art and culture coexist in symphony with technology, innovation, entertainment, fashion, and a creative contemporary outlook. 
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Milan, unlike the ancient Rome and Renaissance-shaped Florence, is a city of the future. It’s a fast-paced, dynamic metropolis. There, creativity is both art and business, being stylish is compulsory and cocktails are an art form. It’s so much more than its image of a stern, work-obsessed city! Milan boasts art collections ancient as well as new. The artistic genius of the past doesn't just serve as memorabilia but inspires the future. You can enjoy a prestigious night at La Scala or dive into the contemporary music scene; admire works of old masters as well as contemporary art. Milan will sweep you off your feet with the mesmerizing contrast between old Renaissance and new sustainable futuristic architecture. Better yet, it will pull into a madly creative universe of fashion design, shopping, and style. Crown your experience with a taste of local cuisine, a product of rich urban culture, in form of cotoletta (buttery veal) or saffron risotto!

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This city, situated in the east of Lombardy, catches you by surprise with a double identity. Bergamo’s trademark is its immense historic Venetian wall which embraces the ancient Città Alta (Upper Town) on a hilltop and keeps it apart from the largely modern Città Bassa (Lower Town). Citta Alta is an enchanting tangle of medieval streets and a treasure chest of art and Renaissance and baroque architecture. Its privileged position that overlooks the southern plains was a huge strategic advantage in the past. Today, it charms travelers and locals alike with breathtaking views and fine dining experiences. If you don’t have a car, you can climb up by foot or take the local funicular. Città Bassa also won’t disappoint. In fact, it’s a great place to shop, explore historic and science museums, visit galleries and enjoy buzzing nightlife. In any case, Bergamo most definitely shouldn’t miss on your list of places to see in Lombardy!

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Como resides in a picturesque setting where the southern and western shores of a namesake lake converge. It’s a lovely Alpine historic town. Curiously, it was founded in the 1st century BC by Julius Caesar himself. He meant for it to serve as an Alpine defense post and a holiday resort. The holiday resort function survived to this day. The town boasts medieval watchtowers and three Romanesque basilicas as well as a monumental theatre. Actually, a lively café culture sprouted here during the 18th-century Austrian rule. And, thanks to the wealth of the silk industry, the town boasts with palaces and Italian art-nouveau villas. In fact, today, Como still maintains its image as the coolest place on the shore of Lake Como. Stylish hotels, delicious food, and bars line its picturesque streets and piazzas. Moreover, if you tire of the town, you can always take to the mountains or the lake for a day of outdoorsy and even adrenaline fun.

What Makes LOMBARDY Special

Lombardy, thanks to its vast lakes and small basins, is known as the lakes region. It offers a truly unique collage of experiences. Staying on Lake Como, Lake Garda or Lake Maggiore - naming just a few - entails immersing yourself in an incredibly lush nature. There, you can indulge in picturesque landscapes, villages lost in time, ancient castles and monasteries. Plus, there is the incredible cuisine and an array of water sports and activities. The mountain peaks, on the other hand, welcome ski and snowboard buffs. Internationally-famous destinations such as Camonica Valley or Valtellina offer state-of-the-art ski resorts of the likes of Livigno, Aprica, Bormio and uncountable slopes for every skill level. Summertime opens doors to a plethora of hiking trails as well as rafting and mountain biking. And, the Stelvio Glacier allows skiers to enjoy the thrills of swooshing down a snowy slope even in the warmest months!

Unlike the regions of the south most of which struggled with poverty, Lombard cuisine has been largely shaped by abundance and prosperity. As a result of the region’s climate and agriculture, local food is heavily based in ingredients such as maize, rice, beef, pork, and butter and has little in common with typical Central or Southern Italian staples. That's due to lack of tomatoes and olive oil. Hence, it relies more on butter and meat. Its specialties vary from staples such as saffron risotto to the breaded cutlet cotoletta alla Milanese. Other specific dishes include, for instance, pizzoccheri (a buckwheat spin on tagliatelle); bresaola (air-dried, salted beef); cured salame of Varzi or freshwater fish. Famous Lombard cheeses feature delicacies like Gorgonzola; Mascarpone; Parmesan-style cheese Grana; Robiola soft cheese or Bel Paese. As per sweets, you might be familiar with Milan’s panettone or almond-flavor Amaretto liqueur.

Milan, Lombardy’s capital, is a booming commercial and industrial center both within the EU and internationally. In fact, it’s the most important city in Italy regarding banking; industry; publishing; fashion; industry, stock exchange and branches of many multinational companies. Furthermore, it’s one also of the key higher education, editorial and television centers in Italy. And, it boasts the biggest area for trade fairs in Europe. Why is this important? Well, wealth and innovation make the answer the question "what to see in Lombardy?" different from the rest of Italy. The region, Milan in particular, is a hub for technological advancement and daring artistic pursuits not just in clothing but also in architecture and modern art. Thanks to this you’ll have a chance to see modern marvels such as the Vertical Forests - high-rise buildings housing 20,000 trees and plants. Give it a chance and dive a bit deeper into Lombardy. 

Things to do in LOMBARDY

What do in Lombardy, you ask? The mountain resorts and grand breathtaking lakes are a perfect backdrop for an active holiday filled with nature, rest, and exploration. 

Ski and snowboard lovers will find their paradise in places like Camonica Valley and Valtellina. On the other hand, summertime opens doors to activities such as trekking, rafting, and mountain biking. The huge lakes like Lake Como or Iseo won’t leave you bored either. On their shore, you can enjoy holidays with chances to do some sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, canoeing, cycling, trekking, and boating. Though if you had enough excitement and you just want to relax, Lombardy is an equally excellent place to relax thanks to its many therapeutic thermal waters (e.g., Boario and Bormio Spas). Plus, those infatuated with wine can follow Lombardy's famous wine trails while those crazy about fashion or in need of buzzing nightlife can happily dock in Milan. 

Though, if you think there is a lot to do, there’s even more to see in Lombardy. The UNESCO Heritage sites in the area includes Matua, the “ideal” city of the Italian Renaissance; the Sacred Mountains, a devotional route; Camonica Valley with its prehistoric rock paintings; Crespi d’Adda, 19th-Century industrial settlement; Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milan that contains Da Vinci’s famous fresco, Last Supper… and that is hardly all! There are plenty of castles, incredible towns, and even an exhilarating state-of-the-art motor racing track!

If you give Lombardy a chance it will win over your heart. Explore the page for more ideas and tips on what to do in Lombardy!

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