Lombardy

Italy
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 region of forests, snow-capped peaks, lakes and picturesque towns and cities. The scenery accommodates varied outdoor adventures, while urban landscapes reveal cultural and historical treasures. Shop for the latest styles in one of the world’s fashion capitals, explore medieval centers, ski in the Alps and vacation near Italy’s great lakes.

Head to Lombardy’s capital, Milan, a global fashion hub. Search for designer clothing in the Quadrilatero d' Oro district’s boutiques and the glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade. Wear your new outfit for an elegant evening at the acclaimed La Scala opera house. Visit some of the city's other best-known attractions. Admire one of Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpieces, The Last Supper mural, in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Appreciate the view from the spired rooftop of the Gothic Cathedral of Milan (Duomo).

Drive or take the train to Mantua, about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Milan. This Renaissance city is filled with many architectural gems, including the magnificent Ducal Palace and the late 14th-century cathedral. Other captivating buildings await in Pavia, which was known as the City of 100 Towers in the Middle Ages. During these times, wealthy residents tried to outdo each other by building tall structures. Today, gaze up at the remaining towers, seemingly nonfunctional.

Take advantage of Lombardy's variety of natural settings. Ski the resorts of Bormio and Livigno. Follow a wine trail through the vine-covered hills of Franciacorta and sample Italy’s sparkling wines.

Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda in the northern lake region. Sail, windsurf and canoe on these vast bodies of water. Tour towns and villages along the lakes. Centuries-old churches and villas of Bellagio line the shores of Como. Sightsee at Scaliger Castle on the southern shore of Garda.

Reach Lombardy by flying into Milan’s international airports. Get around by rental car, trains and buses to experience the best of the region’s scenery, culture and history.

Popular cities in Lombardy

Milan featuring a sunset, street scenes and heritage architecture
Milan
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Art
One of Europe’s biggest cities is also home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, global fashion brands and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Cathedral of Milan
Bergamo
Bergamo
Known for Historical, Castle and Mountains
Go beyond this city’s Venetian walls to see a preserved medieval town and check out the impressive art museums in the lower district.

Reasons to visit

  • Rocca
  • GAMeC
  • Piazza Vecchia
Estense Palace featuring a small town or village, landscape views and a square or plaza
Varese
Known for Castle, Gardens 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
  • Estensi Gardens
  • San Vittore Basilica
Brescia featuring château or palace and heritage elements
Brescia
Known for Historical, Business and Museums
Famous for hosting Italy’s Mille Miglia classic car rally, this city is also home to historic sights including Roman ruins and Romanesque churches.

Reasons to visit

  • Brescia Castle
  • Piazza della Loggia
  • Teatro Grande
Livigno showing a small town or village, mountains and snow
Livigno
Known for Cross-country skiing, Spas and Cheese
Explore the diverse duty-free shops in this traditional Alpine village, known for its reliable snow conditions.

Reasons to visit

  • Livigno Ski Area
  • Carosello 3000 Mountain Park
  • Valtellina Ski Area