If you are flying to Italy from another continent, chances are you’ll be spending at least a couple of hours in Lombardy, for it is here you’ll find Malpensa Airport, located right at the foot of the spectacular Italian Alps. We have a few quick tips that will make it much easier for you to use Malpensa, by the way, so be sure to take a moment to print them out for your trip.
Just half an hour from the metropolis, and easily reached by bus from the airport, is glorious Lake Como. If you spend a few days here, you can take leisurely boat trips to the many aristocratic villas and gardens, and to the charming villages of Bellagio, Varenna, and Tremezzo, always with the snow-capped Alps above, even when the shores are ablaze with tropical flowers. A bit farther east is another lake, Iseo, which is much smaller than Como but just as spectacular, with a darling village occupying its tiny island. This is the home of Franciacorta, some of Italy’s most illustrious wines. We’ll tell you about one of Italy’s most acclaimed chefs, whose own estate is located right here.
Most people don’t know it, but Lombardy has still more to offer. In Bergamo, you’ll find what many believe to be the most picturesque piazza in the whole country. Mantova’s Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss. A few miles down the Mighty Po River is Cremona, home of the world’s best violins. West of Milan, on the way to Piedmont, you’ll drive through miles and miles of brilliant green rice fields (risotto alla milanese has to come from somewhere, right?). All of a sudden you will realize you are not in Cambodia, when you see the rococo façade of the Charterhouse of Pavia, a monastery whose wildly extravagant decorations are a national masterpiece.
- Come with us for a leisurely drive through the sites of Lombardy, including Leonardo’s “Last Supper,” Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, the Ducal Palace of Mantova, the incredibly extravagant Charterhouse of Pavia and much, much more.
- Scattered in out-of-the-way corners of the Lombardan countryside are groups of pilgrimage chapels decorated with life-like tableax vivantes. Take a picnic and have an inspiring hike!
- If you’re feeling like a nice hike in the woods, pay a visit to Italy’s tallest waterfall.
- Almost all the many golf clubs in Lombardy welcome guests. Some of these courses are among the most beautiful in the world.
- A favorite vacation spot for Europeans, Lake Como combines beautiful nature, exquisite art, brisk mountain air and lush semi-tropical landscaping.
- In Lombardy, wild birds get to inhabit one of the oldest castles in Europe, and you can visit it.
- Find the location, zip code, area code, province or region of a specific town.
- A year-round calendar of the colorful festivals and pageants held throughout the region of Lombardy.
- Ceramics, kitchen utensils, hand-made linens, antique bric-a-brac: what better place to find souvenirs for your friends and yourself than a flea market, set in the shadow of a 16th-century cathedral, perchance?