Places of Interest and Attractions in Lombardia

The northern region of Lombardy is bordered by the Alps and Switzerland and is home to Italy’s beautiful Lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore. Lombardy is not only a great agricultural region but also and industrial one. Lombardy’s major city is Milan.

Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. Major tourist destinations in the region include the historic, cultural and artistic cities of Milan, Brescia, Mantua, Pavia, Como, Cremona, Bergamo, Sondrio, Lecco, Lodi, Varese, Monza and Brianza and the lakes of Garda, Como, Maggiore and Iseo. Lombardy is bordered by Switzerland (north: Canton Ticino and Canton Graubünden) and by the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna(south), Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Veneto (east), and Piedmont (west).

Places of Interest in Lombardy/Lombardia

The famous Milan Duomo, or cathedral (fourth largest Cathedral in the world), which took over six centuries to build sits in the Piazza Duomo in the centre of Milan. To the right of the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II (named after the first King of united Italy), Said to be the oldest shopping centre in the world, and also connects the Piazza with the Teatro alla Scala, maybe the most famous Theatre in the World. The Via Dante which you reach walking through the Via dei Mercanti leads you upto the Cairoli Castello and onto the Castello Sforzesco. The Castle houses several of the cities museums and art collections. Walking through the rear of the Castle you reach the Parco Sampione.

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Located by Lodi`s most famous square, Piazza della Vittoria lies on the former site of a brothel, Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, a masterwork of Lomabard Renaissance Art. The church which has an octagonal plan surmounted by a dome, was designed in 1488 and paid for by Lodi commune.

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In the commune of Lenno overlooking Lake Como sits the Villa del Balbianello. Sitting on the small wooded peninsula on the south west branch of Lake Como, not far from Isola Comacina, the villa which is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, sits in all its glory. Villa del Balbianello was built in 1787 for the cardinal Angelo Maria Durini. Two towers stand to attention on the left side of the villa and are the bell towers for the convent church.

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Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sassoor Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso, is a Roman Catholic monastery located in the municipality of Leggiuno, in the Province of Varese and the region of Lombardy, Italy. It is perched on a rocky ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore.

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In the city of Cremona stands the third highest brickwork bell tower in the world. The Torrazzo of Cremona which was built in phases between 1230 and 1309 stands at 111 metres high or as a plaque embedded in the base wall says, 250 arms and 2 ounces, in an ancient measuring system.

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The Stelvio Pass with its 48 hairpin bends, at 2757m or 9045ft, is located in Italy in the Ortler Alps and is the highest road mountain pass in the eastern Alps. Above the pass is the “Dreisprachenspitz” or “Three language peak”, its named as this is where the German, Italian and Romansh languages meet.

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Italy’s first World Heritage Sight was recognised in 1979. The stone carvings of Val Camonica constitute one of the worlds largest collections of pre-histoic petroglyphs. Originally 140,000 documented figures and symbols have recently, with new findings rose to over 300,000 and spread on all surfaces of the valley but concentrated in the areas of Darfo Boario Terme, Capo di Ponte, Nadro, Cimbergo and Paspardo. many of the drawings are from the period, 8000 years preceeding the Iron Age (1st millenium BC)

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Sitting on a ridge overlooking the river Oglio, and at 410 metres above sea level is the Pieve of Saint Syrus, a church in the village of Cemmo. Dated from the 11th century the church is reached via a staircase built in the 1930s. The church has had extensive restoration over the years

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On the banks on the river Oglio, Breno is the Sanctuary of Minerva, a Roman Temple and a place of worship since the iron age. The roman temple was dedicated to the goddess Minerva and consists of a row of rooms and two wings.

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The Palazzo Estense is a Baroque palace built for the Francesco III d’Este and the House of Este in Varese, Italy. The palace was designed by architect Giuseppe Bianchi and was completed in 1760. It became the home, in 1765, of Francesco III d’Este, Duke of Modena who was also Austrian governor of Lombardy.

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For the Italian lakes in the Lombardia Region,

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The Sacri Monti – “Sacred Mountains”- of Piedmont and Lombardy are a series of nine groups of chapels and other architectural features created in northern Italy during the seventeenth and late sixteenth century.

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Theme Parks in the area

Gardaland – Castelnuovo del Garda
www.gardaland.it

Parco Acquatico Cavour – Valeggio sul Mincio
www.parcoacquaticocavour.it

Parco Acquatico Picoverde – Custoza
www.picoverde.it

Parco Grotta Cascata Varone – Tenno
www.cascata-varone.com

Canevaworld – Lazise sul Garda
www.canevaworld.it

Movieland Park – Lazise sul Garda
www.canevaworld.it

Parco Acquatico Riovalli – Cavaion Veronese
www.riovalli.it

Spirit of Woodstock

CyberRocker Michel Montecrossa (MichelMontecrossa.com) started the Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri together with the Mirapuri Rainbow Gathering and Mirapuri’s one and only original Bavarian Oktoberfest in Italy. Every year

a new spirit of music of courage and hope, sweetness of soul and strength of joy reaches out for the future along with hearty festival feastin’ and drinkin’ and international coming together. The Spirit of Woodstock Festival is creative with the mighty dream of Unity, Love and Freedom. Guest musicians from all over the world come together to play and sing along with Michel Montecrossa and his band The Chosen Few and an enthusiastic audience for ten days and nights every year in July / August…….

Cuisine and Wines of   Lombardy

grapesWest of Trentino and Veneto is Lombardy. Cattle are reared on the plains in the central and southern parts of the region and so meat features more in the dishes here, especially veal, a good example being “Ossobuco alla Milanese”. It is hardly surprising that risotto is one of the main dishes of Lombardy as rice grows so well in this region of Italy and rather than pasta, rice is the staple food of Lombardy. Cheese is also a major part of the cuisine of Lombardy and there are several excellent cheeses produced in the area.

Cuisine and Wines of  Lombardy

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