covers the Po Valley, and the middle of
the Italian Alps bordering
Switzerland in the north, Emilia Romagna in the south,
to the west and Tretino Alto-Adige and Veneto in the east.
In the north, high mountains mark Italy's frontier with Switzerland and
this is where you will find both summer and winter resorts. Including Livigno
a duty-free area that many people flock too in order to save on
taxation. Other areas of interest include Madesimo,
Stelvio, Santa Caterina, Valfurva, Bormio, Aprica, Chiesa, Caspoppio
and Ponte di Legno.
In the central part of Lombardy, pleaseant hills border the famous Lake
Como on whose banks you can find a number of quiet
resorts like Cadenabbia, Cernobbio, Bellagio, Tremezzo
Other lakes include Iseo and the western
bank of Lake Garda with resorts such as Limone,
Sirmione, Desenzano and Gardone.
Lake Como, Orta, Iseo, Garda and Maggiore
are all popular
destinations for the Milanese who love to escape to these areas over
the weekend or during the height of summer.
Lakes of Lombardy
Lombardy is the
most densely populated region of Italy, with its capital being Milan,
one of the most important commercial and fashion centers in
Europe. Many artistic splendours can be found in Milan such as the Brera
Gallery and Leonardo's famous Last Supper
in the Church Maria delle Grazie.
But perhaps the city's cultural activities can best be seen at the
famous La Scala
opera house, one of the 3 greatest opera houses in the world.
The structure of the Duomo in Milan took a
full 500 years to complete! It was begun in 1336 and was finally
completed in 1813. Its enormous dimensions, the many spires and its
solemn interior with its beautiful 15th and 16th century stained glass
windows make it one of the most significant buildings in the whole of
Lombardy offers tourists a landscape of dramatic
mountains and lakes. Some of the most admired Alpine landscapes and
lakes can be found in the province of Varese,
in the north-western part of the region.
Skyline at Sunset. (Photo Archive Turismo Bergamo by P.
Famous People of Lombardy Italy
Lombardy is where many
famous people have been born. The poet Virgil, said to be one of
Italy's greatest poets came from a little village just outside of
Manua. Claudio Monteverdi, the 16th century composer and
singer, was born in Cremona, Stradivarius, famous for making violins of
the same name was also born in Cremona. And finally Donizetti, the
famous composer, was born in Bergamo.
Skiing in Lombardy Italy
the mountains close by for skiing, Lombardy is a playground for all
seasons. The mountains Bormio and Stelvio
have good snow and are sought
after for summer skiing. The Parco Nazionale dello
popular with hikers and nature lovers.
Places to Visit in Lombardy Italy
Milan being one of the financial powerhouses of Europe, Lombardy also
has a number of main towns and cities that also exude wealth and style
and are worth visiting. Mantua, Cremona, Bergamo, Brescia
should be at the top of your list of places to visit in
10 Beautiful Small Towns to Visit
5) Montova also known as Mantua
Slow Food Italy - Food in Lombardy Italy
Slow Food Movement is very much alive here. Fish and
seafod, both from the lakes and the sea, are very popular. The
food of Lombardy is also heavily influenced by its Swiss neighbors, and
recipes of this region use lashings of cream, butter, and cheese.
from the Po Valley and polenta are also
on the menu, and the pasta is
always fresh and usually stuffed with spinach, meat, cheese or pumpkin.
Gorgonzola, famous the world over,
originated in an area just outside
The main meats that are eaten are pork and veal and many
famous Italian dishes have originated from this area. Cotoletta
Milanese, Osso Bucco
and Risotto alla Milanese
are all Lombardian
Then there is Bresola,
a cured cold beef from Valtellina,
baked spinach (spinaci in tortino),
stuffed courgettes (zuchinne ripiene)
potato and onion pie (pasticcio di patate)
and lesso misto a very nice concocction of boiled meats with a green
sauce, pheasant with grapes, pigeons with lemons and veal with marsala
Those of you who have a sweet tooth, you are certainly not
forgotten. Mascarpone cream and syllabub are eaten here, and
out for Barbajada
which has chocolate in it and Rossumada.
Wine in Lombardy Italy
The best wine in
Lombardy is that of the sparkling variety. The Franciacorta
mellow red, and the white is dry and fruity.
Garda also produce good wines. Due to the micro climate that
exists in the lakes area here you can not only find good vineyards, but
olives and lemons also flourish.
Weather Lombardy Italy
The climate of Lombardy is continental, hot and muggy in the summer,
cold and foggy in the winter. But the lakes enjoy a mild micro-climate
providing a pleasant diversion in the winter and a delight in
the summer. Because
of their presence the temperatures of the area are a few degrees higher
than surrounding areas allowing olive trees, palm trees and even citrus
trees to flourish.
Average Temperatures for Lombardy
of Rain (milimeters)
Best time to Visit Lombardy
The best time to visit
Lombardy really is during spring or
fall as in
summer the valleys can be very hot and in winter the area can be quite
miserable if you are not here for the skiing.
Weekdays are the
best for visiting the lakes as they get really crowded with the locals
who come in their droves from the cities to visit this region over
The mountains experience lovely weather
in the summer,
although you can get rather wet from the occasional deluge of rain.
Again, if you are wanting to visit the ski fields visit them
the week, out of school holidays.