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LombardyItaly

Brescia Castle

A diverse landscape encompassing mountains and lowlands provides a picturesque backdrop for medieval villages and the famous fashion-obsessed city of Milan.

Lombardy is a breathtaking blend of mountain peaks, rolling hills and fast-paced cities. Visit quiet medieval towns nestled in the countryside, take part in an adventure trek through the Alps and go shopping in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

The biggest city in the region is fashion-forward Milan, which also happens to be Italy’s financial hub. Splurge on the latest fresh-from-the-runway fashions at designer retailers and learn about Milan’s history while touring centuries-old landmarks such as Sforzesco Castle and Filarete Tower. Milan also has an excellent arts scene. Highlights include the Ambrosiana Library and Painting Gallery and the Brera Gallery, which counts masterpieces by Raphael and Caravaggio among its collection.

Outside of Milan, worthy daytrip destinations include Monza, which is known for its historic royal residence, the Villa Reale. Visit the Colleoni Chapel in Bergamo and attend an opera at the magnificent Teatro Donizetti. In Cremona, about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Milan, sits the Stradivarius Museum, whose exhibits chronicle the history of violin-making in the region.

Explore the Masegra Castle in Sondrio and head to the city of Lodi which retains its medieval charm. Wine tasting is a popular activity in the Franciacorta area, where vineyards stretch for miles. Foodies won’t want to miss Gorgonzola, where they can taste the potent-smelling eponymous cheese.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy alpine sports in the winter months at resorts such as Livigno and Bormio. In the summer, the Stelvio Glacier offers skiing even on the hottest days. Rafting and mountain biking are also common summer activities. For something more low-key, trek along the nature trails of the Sacred Mountains and sail across the sparkling waters of Lake Garda. See the landscape that inspired Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks as you stroll or cycle along the banks of the Adda.

Most international travelers to the region arrive via Lombardy’s main airport, Aeroporto Malpensa, just north of Milan. Driving and trains are the best ways to get around the region. Be sure to validate your train ticket by stamping it at the yellow machines on train platforms before boarding.

Visit the breathtaking region of Lombardy for urban excitement as well as idyllic lake and mountain scenery.

Popular cities in Lombardy

Milan which includes heritage architecture, street scenes and a sunset
Milan
Known for Cathedral, Museum and Art
Stroll the streets of the elegant capital of Lombardy and discover the history of art, fashion, culture and see one of the largest churches in the world. Milan is a vibrant metropolis that is characterized by its cosmopolitan culture. Milan is renowned throughout the world as a city of fashion, but it is also the financial heart of Italy. With more than five million inhabitants, it’s one of the largest cities in Europe. Milan was partially destroyed during World War II, but many beautiful, ancient monuments have remained.

Reasons to visit

  • Via Montenapoleone Fashion District
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
Bergamo
Bergamo
Known for Historical, Castle and Mountain
Bergamo is famous for its clear division into two parts: the modern lower part and the higher walled upper part on top of a hill. Our holiday in Bergamo tells the story of the city through its buildings, boroughs and squares, as well as through the beauty of its churches that showcase art from different periods. An ancient city made for walking, it's lovely to stroll amidst its attractions, but Bergamo is also a modern city with an international airport and avant-garde buildings. This city is a perfect mix to be discovered thanks to our reasonably priced holiday offers to Bergamo.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Vecchia
  • Rocca
  • GAMeC
Brescia showing château or palace and heritage elements
Brescia
Known for Historical, Business and Museum
A holiday in Brescia, halfway between Milan and Verona, is a splendid chance to discover this city located between the foothills of the Lombardy Pre-Alps and the Mella River. Originally a Roman outpost, Brixia was an active hub in the Imperial Age and it enjoyed renewed importance at the beginning of the nineteenth century when it was the site of the Risorgimento movement that culminated in the "Ten Days of Brescia". The city offers countless interesting places to visit, most of which are easily reached on foot, thanks to the city's architecture and urban plan: from the Broletto to the Loggia, from the Roman Forum to the medieval Castle and the artwork at the Pinacoteca gallery. Its proximity to Lake Garda gives Brescia a pleasant climate and a well-organised accommodation network. Our holiday offers to Brescia make it an affordable and enjoyable destination at the foot of the Lombardy Alps.

Reasons to visit

  • Brescia Castle
  • Piazza della Loggia
  • Santa Giulia Museum
Estense Palace which includes a small town or village, landscape views and a square or plaza
Varese
Known for Castle, Garden and Historical
The palace, basilica and castle of this enchanting city north of Milan lie between the Campo dei Fiori mountain range and Lake Varese.

Reasons to visit

  • Corso Matteotti
  • San Vittore Basilica
  • Estense Palace
Livigno featuring snow, a small town or village and mountains
Livigno
Known for Cross-country Skiing, Spa and Cheese
A holiday in Livigno means discovering one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Alps, famous for its marvellous panoramas and ski slopes. The town stands in a valley and still today has preserved characteristic traditional architecture. Holiday packages to Livigno are available year round, because every season offers fun and many enjoyable things to do.

Reasons to visit

  • Livigno Ski Area
  • Carosello 3000 Mountain Park
  • Valtellina Ski Area
Pavia
Pavia
Known for Monument, Cathedral and Hill
Trip time! Discover the monuments, cathedral and castle in Pavia.