Chosen mainly for world-class events and meetings, Lombardy (particularly the city of Milan) is crossroads of languages, cultures and ideologies different at any time of the year. Identified as a point of reference for trade, business, fashion and entrepreneurship, this region is also rich in history and scenic beauty that all too often take a back seat.
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The history of northern Italy is deeply linked to Lombardy, as is the whole process of industrialisation that has characterised the country. Yet Lombardy is not just this: its landscape, which ranges from the Alps to the Po Valley and offers a marvellous view of Switzerland's headlands, welcomes numerous visitors each year who enjoy hiking and climbing in the high mountains, walking and hiking in the open air.
Lombardy is also famous for its lakeswhich allow for refreshing baths and picnics with friends, for its charming, perched villages and for its prestigious and aristocratic-looking villas.
In short, choosing to take a holiday in Lombardy certainly has its reasons: it manages to please everyone, young and old, allowing everyone to feel at home and have an experience to remember.
Characterised by gentle plains and green mountains, undiscovered villages and immense lakes, Lombardy offers tourists natural beauty and monuments of historical interest; what to visit, then, once you are there? Surely you cannot miss these 10 main attractions:
Firstly, here is the WWF forest of Vanzagoa natural oasis that allows visitors to go on walks lasting about two hours together with trained WWF volunteers; and then there is theLipu Oasis of Cesano Madernowhich offers a 4-kilometre route accessible all year round on foot and by bicycle.
Next, the Sebino peat bogsa marshy area at the foot of Lake Iseo full of paths winding through reeds and pools of water. Among the main ones, there is one that leads to two very interesting attractions: the Church of Our Lady of the Hornwith a beautiful view of the peat bogs, and the Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa.
Another highly recommended walk, combining length, difficulty and beautiful views, is the Lake Como GreenwayIt consists of a 10-kilometre trail that allows you to admire the lake in all its immensity. It lasts about 3 and a half hours and is not at all demanding.
For those who wish to climb a little higher, there is the Bernina, Disgrazia, Val Masino and Val Codera Park which encloses the Pizzo Bernina, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Here it is possible to ski, trek and hike at high altitudes.
Finally, to keep even the youngest children happy, you certainly cannot do without Minitalia Leolandia, a fantastic amusement park in the province of Bergamo, totally surrounded by greenery, offering no less than five thematic areas over 30 rides suitable for all ages.
There are many beautiful places to visit in Lombardy; each has its own charm and is characterised by different features, ranging from historical monuments to natural landscapes. Certainly, a tour of Lombardy cannot fail to include a visit to the capital, the city of Milanrich in art, nightlife and opportunities and then move on to Mantuaelected Italian Capital of Culture in 2016.
Two other cities to discover are Bergamoa perfect mix of history and modernity, and Paviawhich offers unique and evocative sights and includes in its artistic heritage attractions such as the Visconti Castle, the Basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, the Malaspina Art Gallery and the Cathedral.
Between Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo stretches the Franciacorta, a hilly area rich in vineyards and pure air, where it is possible to take a food and wine tour of good wine and typical dishes. And around Lake Iseo there are many other places you absolutely must visit:
Along with Lake Iseo there is also the Lake Comothe largest in Italy, which all around it offers simply unmissable attractions:
But the lakes in Lombardy do not end there; here is the Lake Gardaone of the most beautiful in Italy, with its colourful villages and picture-postcard landscapes. In the surroundings you can visit:
Lovers of nature walks will love the Valley of Valcamonicawhich includes several different parks of natural interest, such as the Stelvio National Parkbut archaeology enthusiasts will also find the place exciting, as they will be able to admire numerous rock engravings that have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
And the full immersion in nature continues in the Valtellina, an Alpine area corresponding to Lake Como. Here it is recommended to visit: