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. The interior of the church is highly decorated in Gold and the mantreum (a gallery on the interior of a building, originally intended to accommodate women, hence the derivation from “matron”) has blue and golden columns. The church is also home to 15th and 19th century artworks from artists who worked in the Lodi area such as Stefano Maria Legnani who created some of his most famous works here.
West 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.
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