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The Lombardy area guide

Things to do

Lombardy, one of Italy’s most prized possessions, occupies the north-west corner of the country, bordering Switzerland, and is home to soul-stirring scenery. From the glorious splendour of the Italian Alps to the serenity of the famed lakes – Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore – words simply cannot describe the immeasurable beauty of Lombardy and pictures certainly don’t do it any justice.

Lombardy is also home to one of the world’s most famous cities – Milan. It is known as the business and financial capital of Italy and as a fashion capital of the world – and lures in fashionistas and businessmen as well as culture buffs who are seduced by the stunning cathedrals, museums and art galleries.

But as you will come to find, most towns and cities in Lombardy boast historic charm, architecturally striking buildings and stunning scenery to boot. Bergamo, for one, allegedly has one of the prettiest piazzas in Italy and is home to a treasure trove of antiquities for curious historians.

The best thing about moving to Lombardy is, perhaps, the opportunities that allow you to discover the region further. From skiing down the slippery slopes of one of the mountain ranges (Camonica Valley) during the winter months to trekking to the top of one of the highest peaks during the summer months. Or sailing along Lake Garda and admiring the gorgeous views from your home along the river like in the beautiful town of Gardone – the possibilities are truly endless in this picturesque region.

Places to eat

As you may already know, Italian cuisine is mouth-wateringly delicious. Pasta based dishes are revered around the world and consumed on a regular basis by, well, pretty much everyone. Though pasta may be a staple dish in Italy, it isn’t as popular in Lombardy. Instead, rice based dishes prevail. This is mostly due to the abundance of rice paddies found in areas like Lomellina in the Po Valley lowlands.

From hole in the wall joints to world-class restaurants, Northern Italy is crawling with eateries serving traditional classics and international favourites. Panzerotti Luini nestled in the back streets of Milan is the perfect place to sample Panzerotti (deep fried Calzone with an array of fillings to pick from). This popular Italian street food is the perfect treat for those on-the-go and Albergo Ristorante Silvio situated in Bellagio offers visitors fish freshly caught from Lake Como in a beautiful setting overlooking the serene lake.

Shopping

Lombardy is graced with one of the fashion capitals of the world. Milan is, arguably, one of the trendiest places on this planet. Packed to the brim with the biggest names in fashion, wherever you turn in this glamorous city, you’ll find a plethora of stores to pick up luxurious goodies. From the Quadrilatero della Moda to Corso Buenos Aires – often likened to London’s Oxford street - Milan is a shopper’s paradise.

If, however, you don’t have the budget to go on large and quite pricey shopping sprees, the major towns and cities have shopping districts full of the much loved high street brands as well as artisan stores for you to browse through.

Another great aspect to living in Lombardy is the outdoor markets. Markets are a great way of experiencing the culture in a lively and vibrant setting. They are also excellent places to pick up antiquities, local crafts and other unique gems.

Navigli Antique Market in Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Milan holds a monthly market for lovers of all things vintage. Set alongside the canal side, not only can you pick up a bargain, you can do so while marvelling at the stunning scenery. Thankfully, markets such as this as well as food and farmers markets can be found in almost every city, town and village.

Getting there & around

Since Northern Italy is a tourist hotspot as well as one of the most populous regions in Italy, the travel infrastructure is more than accommodating. Numerous airports serve the area and provide easy access into Lombardy from the UK and Europe.

Once in Lombardy, most locals tend to rely on the train, their car or their feet – and occasionally the ferry – to get them conveniently from A to B. And, luckily, all modes of transport allow passengers to take in the dramatic beauty of this diverse region.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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