Lombardy is a very large region located in the north of the Italian peninsula. Discovering this beautiful region will make you appreciate the very diverse territory from the fascinating Alps with Valcamonica, Valtellina and Valchiavenna to the Po Valley. With ski slopes for lovers of snow in Medesimo, Livigno, Bormio, Tonale there are also the hills of the Franciacorta area, which are known for its vineyards with fine wine produced in large quality perfect for wine lovers. Lombardy is this and much more: for those who love lakes, you can admire the Garda Lake, with many wonderful sights, such as Sirmione, where to stay a day is a must. Alternatively there is the lake of Como, famous for the villas of many celebrities and Maggiore Lake, with its stately homes and villages rich in history. Finally there is the Po Valley, with its rice fields and Lomellina, an area rich in ancient traditions.For its location and the resources it offers, this immense part of Italy provides a lot in terms of nature, history, art and culture. All this fits perfectly with modernity, fashion, entertainment and technology with its outstanding state capital, represented by the vibrant city of Milan.
The provinces of Lombardy are many and, among these, we would like to say a few words for the city of Mantua, Milan and Pavia, which you must absolutely visit.
Mantua, a city of UNESCO heritage since 2008 and elected as Capital of Culture in 2016, is a little jewel, which attracts many tourists every year, intrigued by its artistic, cultural and culinary experiences. Ideal to visit between the months of July and September to admire the blooming of lotus flower and to attend the Literature Festival, an international event, which every September, hosts many world-famous writers.
The local cuisine is great attraction too, with its most famous dishes, such as risotto with sausage, pumpkin tortelli and donkey stew, always accompanied by a good local wine glass like Lambrusco. You can’t end a lunch without eating a bit of sbrisolona, a sweet beloved by children and adults at the same time: as tradition says, this dessert is eaten with your hands and you have to dip it into grappa.
In summer there are many events you can attend in the city or close by, like medieval festivals, where you can have delicious dishes and watch performances of music and folk dances.
Mantua, the city of Virgilio and Sordello, is above all a cultural and artistic heritage, including the prominent monuments, such as Ducale Palace, Sordello Square, the Basilica of St. Andrea and Tè Palace.
Milan, the state capital of the region, is an Italian hub, where business and tourism make the city more lively and eccentric. It’s known for fashion week, the monthly events, exhibitions, festivals, the Palazzo Sforzesco, the Duomo, the center and symbol of Milan, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the luxury boutiques in Via Montenapoleone and neighboring and much more. Milan’s genius also lies in the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, who gave the city the Cenacolo, the famous painting located in Santa Maria delle Grazie and the ability to navigate the canals, venue where today many young people and not only love hanging out and spending their evenings. You should definitely try the saffron risotto and the Milanese cotoletta: two specialties that make the town even more enjoyable.
Pavia, a quiet town, just 40 kilometers away from Milan, is a little-known but remarkable for its historical richness it offers. Visit the city, even just for a day, is to be considered, especially to see one of the most beautiful Renaissance monuments of Italy: the Certosa. Being also a university town, there are many young people around and there are many places for entertainment.