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Lombardy

Lying between the Alps and the River Po, Lombardy is the wealthiest and most industrially developed of all the regions of Italy. It is also the most densely populated. For this reason, it is one of the most surprising destinations of any tourist. Most people don't expect to find such an extraordinary cultural, artistic and natural heritage. From the cities of art to the small villages, from the unmistakable atmosphere of the lakes to the impressive Alpine valleys, not to mention the vast variety of food and wine on offer, all of which surprise and fascinate visitors.

 


Art and culture
Besides its main city, Milan, Lombardy is full of cities of art and small villages that attract tourists inside their walls from all around the world. Milan is the Italian economic and financial engine and the city that dictates trends in Italy, from technological innovation to design, fashion or lifestyles. Milan is also one of the most important cultural centers in Italy with a first-class artistic and architectural heritage. Como, the cradle of Romanesque art in Lombardy, is the gateway to surrounding villages and the splendid villas around this magical lake. Bergamo is one of the most picturesque areas of Lombardy, famous for its subdivision on two levels: the spacious and modern lower part of the city and the renowned "Città Alta", a real historic and artistic gem which owes its splendor to its age-old Venetian buildings. Brescia is an ancient Longobard dukedom that offers a rich cultural heritage dating from Roman times to present day. 

 

 

Cremona, home to the maker of Stradivari violins and gourmet city par excellence, hosts one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and the highest bell-tower in Italy. Lodi, at the heart of an agricultural area full of rivers and ancient castles, is a small and charming medieval city with red brick buildings and cobbled streets. Pavia, the ancient Longobard capital, is renowned for its Renaissance charterhouse, Romanesque churches and covered bridge. Lastly, Vigevano is a small architectural gem that owes its charm to the creative genius Bramante.


Nature and relaxation
Lombardy is one of the regions offering most variety in Italy. From the endless plain to the Alpine glaciers seen while passing through the delicate hillside of the Oltrepò, Lombardy offers a wealth of nature and landscape composed of mountains, rivers and lakes which are ideal for walking or cycling tours. Mountaineering enthusiasts will find lots to do. From magnificent Valtellina, rich in history and tradition, to the huge peaks of Bernina, Ortles and Adamello, or the famous ski resorts of Bormio, Madesimo, Aprica, Livigno and Ponte di Legno. Nature lovers will find more than 133 protected areas in Lombardy, from parks to reserves and protected sites, the best of which include Stelvio National Park and Adamello Park. Extraordinary land composed of glaciers, valleys, woodland and waterfalls and a natural habitat for animals at risk of extinction, such as the ibex and brown bear.

 


And last but not least, water. Even though Lombardy doesn’t touch the sea, it still has 400 Km of riverbank this is composed of the famous lakes of Lombardy, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, where one can breathe the romantic atmosphere of the Belle Époque among the magnificent, noble villas.

 

 

SKI REGIONS OF LOMBARDY
Region Number of elevators Length of skiing
trails (km)
Blue Red Black The highest point (m)
Drags Chairs Gondolas
Livigno 13 14 4 115 30 65 20 3000
Bormio 21 10 5 116 22 64 30 3012
Valmalenco 2 9 1 66 25 25 16 2336
Prato Valentino 2 1 0 12 2,5 9,5 0 2500
Aprica 9 7 2 50 14 24 12 2500
Pescegallo-Valgerola 1 1 0 10 5 3 2 2000
Brembo 8 6 0 40 11 24 5 2000
Lizzola n.d. n.d. n.d. 30 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2000
Schilpario Cross-country skiing ~ 10 km
Borno 1 4 0 15 6,5 5,5 3 1703
Gaverland n.d. n.d. n.d. 15 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2100
Montecampione 3 8 0 30,5 3 20,5 7 1850
Valpalot n.d. n.d. n.d. 3 n.d. n.d. n.d. n.d.
Presolana-Monte Pora 3 8 0 33 12 17 4 1500
Colere 3 3 0 18,5 0 10 8,5 2250
Spiazzi di Gromo 4 2 0 15 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1750
Zambla Alta 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 n.d.
Selvino-Monte Poieto 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 1400
Piazzatorre 0 2 0 n.d. n.d. n.d. n.d. 1800
Piani di Bobbio-Valtorta 3 4 1 35 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1950
Cortabbio-Primaluna Cross-country skiing
Pian delle Betulle 3 1 1 7 3,5 2,5 1 1800
Giumello-Paglio Cross-country skiing
Cainallo 3 0 0 3 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1370
Madesimo 0 9 3 50 14,8 29,3 5,9 2498
Monte Sighignola 3 0 0 6 2 2 2 1300
Monte Crocione 2 0 0 9,5 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1641
Monte San Primo-Pian del Tivano 2 1 0 7 n.d. n.d. n.d. 906