Italy’s stunning Lombardy region sits in the north of the country, on the border with Switzerland. Home to some of Europe’s most breath-taking scenery, from the mighty Alps to the vast Lake Como, Lombardy has no end of dazzling natural beauty. Whether you want to unwind on the shores of a great lake or hike up into the mountains, you’ll find a beautiful outdoor playground waiting for you.
As one of Italy’s wealthiest regions, Lombardy is also home to vibrant cities, grand architecture and cutting-edge style. From fashion-forward Milan to historic Bergamo, there’s lots to explore. And did we mention it’s one of the best wine regions in Italy? We’re sold.
Stylish Milan is all about living life in the fast lane. As the fashion capital of Italy, it’s got the best designer shops and the most glamourous residents. It’s also crammed with culture – from the grand architecture to the world-class museums and art galleries. The gothic Duomo is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, with the opulent Royal Palace and the medieval Sforza fortress hot on its heels. Treat yourself to a night at the legendary opera house or dive in to Milan’s vibrant nightlife scene.Bergamo
Head into the mountains to the beautiful city of Bergamo. The medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched on the rocks above the modern part of the city. Stroll through cobbled lanes, admire the Venetian-style architecture and drink in those alpine views. The modern part of town is also a lovely place to explore and you’ll find some fantastic museums displaying everything from modern art to historic tapestries.Lake Como
The shores of the spectacular Lake Como are dotted with luxurious villas of the rich and famous, who flock here to enjoy the magnificent views and the tranquil atmosphere. And if it’s good enough for George Clooney…
Stay in traditional villages, such as romantic Lezzeno, or bustling lake towns like idyllic Bellagio, just make sure you take in the views from all angles. That means a boat trip across the lake and a cable-car ride up the mountains are a must.
Exploring LombardyVilla Carlotta
Explore the dream-like gardens of this beautiful villa, on the shores of Lake Como. Built by the Milanese marquis, Giorgio Clerici, the site is a masterpiece of romantic Italian design. Take a guided tour of the historic artworks on display inside the grand villa, stroll through the extensive gardens with their exotic flowers and curving pathways, and replenish yourself with lunch in the café afterwards.Hike in Val di Mello Natural Park
The dramatic alpine scenery of this natural park attracts everyone from serious mountaineers to ramblers. The glacier-tipped mountains and cascading waterfalls give way to pine forests and wildflower meadows below. It’s a breath-taking place for anyone who loves getting into nature – and you can find it just north of Lake Como. Dip your toes in the chilly glacial lakes after your hike for the most refreshing paddle ever!Shop ‘til you drop in Milan
The delights of the maritime city of Genoa are less than an hour away. The vibrant city is home to some of the most stunning architecture we’ve seen outside of Florence – think grand cathedrals, Renaissance palaces, gothic castles and opulent piazzas. The waterfront is a heady mix of modern industrial port and elegant promenades lined with bars and restaurants. Don’t miss a stroll through the Boccadesse quarter with its rainbow-coloured houses.Lombardy beaches
Lombardy isn’t situated by the coast, so you won’t find your traditional sun, sea and sand holiday here. What you will find are stunning lakes with lovely beaches (or lidos/swimming platforms) and plenty of watersports. Add in spectacular mountain views and the fact that these lake beaches are often quieter than their coastal counterparts and there’s lots to love!
Giamiaca Beach in Sirmione, Lake Garda is a popular and unspoilt place for swimming and snorkelling. Lida Villa Olmo on Lake Como is a lively swimming spot with plenty of cafes and sun beds, while Lido di Menaggio on Lake Menaggio has a great family facilities and entertainment.
Lombardy has its own distinct food culture. You’ll find the well-loved classics of pizza and pasta of course, but there are also regional favourites like polenta, risotto and ‘ossobuco all Milanese’ (delicious braised veal) to try. Food has a hearty feel in keeping with Lombardy’s northern, mountainous location. When you compare with the Mediterranean areas, you’ll find more butter, less olive oil, more meat, less fish. The local cheeses and wines are amazing here, and for dessert try the ‘miascia’ (fruity bread and butter pudding with a hint of rosemary).Lombardy restaurants
Eating out in Lombardy is a foodie’s heaven. Whether you want to splash out with Michelin-starred fine dining or keep things simple and traditional in family-run trattorias, the choices are endless and the dishes are delicious. Milan is home to many of the smartest and most innovative eateries, but Bergamo, Brescia, Como and Monza all have excellent options. Happy eating!
Holidays to Lombardy pair the wealth and elegance of its historic towns and cities with the epic rugged landscapes of the Alps and Italy’s great northern lakes. Whether you want to mingle with Milan’s fashionistas, visit UNESCO heritage sites or hike among drop-dead-gorgeous scenery, Lombardy has got you covered.
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