This spectacular region is enjoyed by many people from all around the world; In fact a 6th of Italy’s population lives in Lombardy – which makes it the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest in the whole of Europe.
Situated in northern Italy the region is made up of the provinces Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantura, Monza, Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio, Varese and Milan (the regional capital).
Boarded by Alps of Switzerland and the Italian regions Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Pidemont; this superb area is distinguished by the beauty of Mother Nature. Blessed with hills and plains, Lombardy also includes famous lakes such as Lake Como, Lake Iseo and Lake Garda.
Renowned for it’s vineyards and wine production the region has endless amounts of rolling hills that encompass the distinctive Franciacorta area, making the view a magical site to the eye. Although Lombardy is often notorious for its economic and manufacturing powerhouse, the region still holds a rich and diverse cultural heritage which is seen in many museums and churches.
Filled with nature, athletics and endless routes to discover, there is always something to do in this remarkable area both in the winter and summertime. The mountains are perfect for the ski lovers and snowboard enthusiasts to take on the famous slopes of Valtellina and the Camonica Valley. In the summertime these mountains transform into hundreds of kilometres of trekking and mountain biking paths.
Adventure not your thing? Lombardy also offers an option for a ‘relaxing’ holiday thanks to the various spas which are rich in therapeutic thermal waters like Boario and Bormio Spas.
Now you are thinking… ‘What about the food?’
Polenta is eaten far more than pasta in this region. Rice is also popular and is often found in soups as well as risotto such as the regions specialities risotto alla Milanese – Saffron Risotto. Lombardian dishes are heavily reliant on meat, due to the intensive cattle raising areas found in the central and southern areas. From this the famous Ossobucco is made, which is a traditional main course of a knuckle of veal with the marrowbone intact and braised with rosemary and sage.
One can not forget the standout cheese of the region – Gorgonzola – which is a creamy and rich blue cheese, ideal for sauces. Milan’s panettone and other Christmas sweets are known worldwide! Other desserts eaten in Lombardian cuisine include the crescent shaped offelle and bussolano, a lemony potato cake.