Lombardy region ranges from the Alps to the countryside, from art cities to small little-known medieval villages rich in history, in what is Italy’s lake district. Dotted with charming islands and lined by picturesque towns, the lakes are one of the highlights of the Lombardy region. There are more than fifteen lakes in Lombardy.
Lombardy is a perfect region for any kind of vacation. Nature lovers will enjoy the scenery of dainty
mountains and glittering lakes, active travellers can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities almost every season, art and culture buffs will appreciate UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the prehistoric sites with plenty of evidences of past eras and artistic heritage. Food lovers will discover different kind of Italian traditional cuisine, and there are many places which are very well suited for families. For shoppers in search of fashion and glamour, the designer shops, malls, outlets and second hand shops, are waiting for your pure shopping moments!
Some of the important provinces of Lombardy are Milano, Varese, Como, Bergamo, Brescia, Pavia, Cremona, Mantua, Sondrio, Lecco and Lodi.
Lombardy is the Italian region with the highest number of Unesco’s world heritage sites. At the present moment, there are ten UNESCO World Heritage Site. An ideal destination for planning a memorable cultural vacation. Let's explore this region!
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List of the World Heritage sites located around Lombardy
Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") in Milan
Crespi d’Adda in Bergamo
Monte San Giorgio in Lake Lugano (Shared with Switzerland)
Mantua and Sabbioneta
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps in Lake Varese (Shared with Piemonte, Trentino-Alto Adige)
The Rhaetian Railway in Tirano (Bernina Express)
Rock Drawings in Val Camonica
Sacro Monte of Varesa (Shared with Piedmont)
Venetian Wall in Bergamo (Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries, consists of 6 components of defence works spanning more than 1,000 km between the Italy Croatia and Montenegro. It Italy, the components can be found in Lombardy , Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Longobards in Italy and their Places of Power Serial Sites comprises seven groups of historic buildings including fortresses, churches, and monasteries throughout the Italian Peninsula. The seven components are located in Campania, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Puglia, and Umbria. In Lombardy, there are 2 components, San Salvatore-Santa Giulia Monastary and Capitolium archaeological area in Brescia and Castelseprio Archaeological Park in Varese.
The main city of this region. The industrial and fashion centre of Italy. A true shopping-lovers’ city. Historically, Milan has always been one of the wealthiest cities that you will find anywhere in Europe and it has a global reputation for being the capital of design and fashion!
Piazza del Duomo
The historic center, Piazza del Duomo is an immense open public space that features some impressive architecture and sculptures. From here you can view the wonderful Milan Cathedral (Duomo), represents the spirit of Milan and all its history, famed for its sublime architecture that took over 600 years to complete and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an elegant nineteenth-century shopping arcade. It houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan.
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace)
Church and Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace). Inside the building contains one of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world – the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which covers the north wall of the refectory in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It depicts the scene of the Last Supper as described in the Bible. It is the Renaissance jewel of Italy, became part of Unesco World Heritage Site in 1980.
La Scala Theatre
Opened in 1778, it is one of the leading opera and ballet theatre in the world. Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have performed at La Scala.
The 15th century Sforza Castle built by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. It is one of the largest citadels in Europe, now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.
Via Monte Napoleone
Don't forget to visit the famous shopping street, Via Monte Napoleone, with the well-heeled locals come to splash their cash at the sophisticated shops.
Bergamo’s cityscape is divided into two centers, the upper, older città alta, and the lower, modern città bassa. The historic Venetian walls are the natural border between the Lower and the Upper Town. The two parts of Bergamo are connected by a funicular, a much easier approach to the old citadel than the steep, winding roads at either end.
The ancient Città Alta(Upper Town), charming medieval historic center , with a maze of narrow medieval streets, has retained its centuries-old Medieval and Renaissance appearance. Città Alta is surrounded by the impressive 6 km Venetian Walls, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007. The walls are strikingly beautiful and are linked strongly with the cultural identity of the city. The Venetian walls have been awarded a prestigious title a majestic architectural work dating back to the 16th century. They were built starting from 1561 by the Republic of Venice in order to face enemies attacks, but History was kind with them: maybe due to their stunning beauty, they never underwent any siege. That is why they remained almost intact to the present day.
Walking along the walls , you can enjoy a moment of reflection, a break from the city chaos, or a wonderful sunset that, from the upper town, extends over the territory below. It is onsidered to be one of the most romantic places in Bergamo, with couples often sitting together on the walls to watch the sunset over the city. Once you have reached the top, the views will captivate even those uninterested in the architectural requirements of military strategy.
The town of Brescia is the second largest city in Lombardy (Milan is the largest) and in an attractive setting. The city boasts the largest Roman archaeological area in Northern Italy, astonishingly full of impressive monuments, a great deal of architectural heritage including Roman ruins and some fine Renaissance architecture, each with its own charm.
Brescia Castle perching on the hilltop that dominates the town, from which you can enjoy the panoramic view across the city. The castle has a large 13th century tower and also contains two minor museums, one with a collection of old weapons and the other commemorating the story of Italian reunification in the 1860's.
Mille Miglia Rally, Brescia
The Mille Miglia (thousand miles) vintage car rally in Brescia, Italy’s most prestigious rally, that attracts thousands of car lovers from all over the world every year in May.