Located in the middle of the Northern regions, Lombardy is adjacent to the Alps in the North and the Po River in the South. The capital of this region is Milan. The well-known Duomo attracts many visitors every year, but this city is also unmistakably the heart of Italian fashion. Shoppers can fully indulge in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Besides this bustling city, Lombardy has a number of cultural cities, such as Brescia, Mantova, Bergamo, Cremona and Pavia, which are certainly worth a detour.
However, this varied region attracts a lot of nature lovers, because it is characterized by its overwhelming and diverse nature. The many lakes, with their picturesque villages offer plenty of opportunities for watersports.
Everyone knows Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como and Lago di Garda. Swimming or enjoying water sports here, are on the daily menu. Even the lesser-known lakes, should definitely not be neglected. Often there are atmospheric Medieval villages to discover, like Bagolino and Anfo, close to the Lake Idro or Sarnico, Lovere and the Island Monte Isola at Lago d’Iseo. Take a boat trip to one of the villages or sail over the crystal clear water.
Besides the lakes, which you simply can’t miss, Lombardy also offers countless opportunities for mountain hikers. There are many hiking routes from one village to another, and every true hiker will have a good time. The Sondrio Mountains are an extremely beautiful place, and the Stelvio National Park and the Orobic Alps are also simply fantastic.
We strongly recommend the Oltrepo Pavese region, the best kept secret of Lombardy, especially to the passionate wine lover. The largest wine region of Lombardy is known as the largest Italian producer of the Pinot Nero. The Prosecco from Lombardy is known, but the very best spumante is produced in Oltrepo Pavese. A region where villages, forests and vineyards flow into one another.
Another advantage to this region is that it is not too far from Belgium and you can already enjoy a blissful climate.
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