It is one of the largest regions, with some of the finest sights in all of Italy. Lombardy conquers tourists with its magnificent cultural landmarks, nature spots, and various dishes, making it one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean. Tourists going here will have a range of itineraries to consider, which can take one anywhere from UNESCO World Heritage sites to a deliciously prepared dinner with a bottle of full-bodied Lombardy wine.
The economic power in Lombardy is also to be reckoned with, as various industries can be found here. Companies in the services sector, as well as those involved in heavy industry and agriculture, are also located here, which put the region in the top richest areas of the country. Above three million also currently live in the capital alone, making Lombardy one of the densely populated areas in the region.
What to see & do
Rome may be magnificent in its stature in the history and culture of Italy, but Milan also takes a piece of the fame with its breathtaking structures. One can start with the Catedral de Santa Maria Nascente, one of the largest churches in the world which is also given recognition by UNESCO for its cultural value. Built in the 14th century, this religious building can accommodate up to 40,000 people due to various expansions through the years. There is also the Ospedale Maggiore to see in the southeast of Piazza Diaz. It was the city's first hospital which was founded in 1456 with a Gothic and Renaissance style. Now, it contains the Rector's Office and two faculties of the state university.
From here, tourists can venture to other World Heritage buildings Castello Sforzesco, which was held by the powerful Viscontis and the Sforzas. Its contentious history made the people demolish it in 1447, but it was rebuilt in 1450 onwards. Inside it is a museum, where there are various significant artworks and artefacts. The highlights of the collection include the 'Pietta Rondanini', the last masterpiece of Michaelangelo and the unfinished tomb of Gaston de Foix of Bambaia. Tourists can also then check out the Santa Maria delle Grazie, another world-renowned site. The combination of architectural styles from a main Gothic design with early Renaissance features and a Baroque chapel, make it pleasing to behold.
Milan is not the only city with famous sights in Lombardy. Its rich countryside also features many nature spots acclaimed for their beauty. One of them is Lake Como, one of the deepest lakes in Europe and a popular retreat for the aristocrats and affluent families. It is a popular attraction among tourists who can explore the beautiful landscape and check out the wildlife. This body of water, lying at the base of Mount Brunate, is surrounded by hills and the Alpine foothills, where one can look around and appreciate the scenery. Spas are also numerous here, allowing for total relaxation, while those interested in exciting activities can go sailing, windsurfing, or kitesurfing.
On the southeast part of the region lies another beautiful countryside. Mantua, wedged between Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, is dotted with small towns dating back to the Renaissance. One can enjoy their stay here with savouring the local dishes usually made with meats and cheeses. Those who prefer a more active vacation, though, can look forward to venturing further into the natural environment, from the Morainic Hills to the north to the vast flatlands in the south.
How to get around
A comprehensive public transportation system makes it convenient for travellers to go around Lombardy. The Azienda Transporti Milanesi operates various networks in the city of Milan and all the towns in the region. It has an underground train, urban tramway, inter-urban tramway, urban bus and trolley bus, interurban bus, and airport transfer services.
How to get there
Those visiting Lombardy will find a variety of regular and seasonal flights going to the area. There’s Milan–Malpensa Airport, also called City of Milan Airport, which is the largest airport in Milan. Charter flights are also available from a number of airlines going here, which make the region relatively convenient to reach. Airlines serving here include various international airlines around the world from various parts of Asia and North America, as well as a number from Asia and Europe.