The Lombardy region of northern Italy is known for its popular lakes and the city of Milan, the fashion city of Italy. Milan’s Malpensa airport is one of Italy’s main international airports so many travelers from outside Europe arrive in Milan. The provinces surrounding the cities of Mantova, Cremona, Brescia, and Bergamo made up a 2017 European Region of Gastronomy, so Lombardy is a great region for foodies.
* Lake Como, Italy’s most popular lake, is ringed by beautiful villas and romantic resort villages. The town of Como is easy to reach by train from Milan and from there, ferries run to most towns including Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como.
* Lake Maggiore, reaching into Switzerland, is another large and popular lake. Stresa is the main tourist center and it has a train station. Boat excursions on the lake and to Isola Bella originate in Stressa.
* The western part of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, is in the Lombardy region.
* Lake Iseo is a smaller lake between Lakes Como and Garda, with Europe’s largest inhabited lake island in the center. Lake Orta, another of Lombardy’s lakes, is also a smaller and more intimate lake.
* Milan has the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, a top opera house, and many good places for shopping. It’s also the home of da Vinci’s famous art work, The Last Supper. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to reserve in advance. Select Italy sells tickets for The Last Supper in US dollars.
* Mantova is a beautiful Renaissance city that sees fewer visitors than many cities. Frescoes in its huge Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te are spectacular.
* Cremona is known for its violins and master craftsmen have produced high quality stringed instruments for several hundred years. Cremona has a compact historic center whose main square is ringed with medieval monuments.
* Bergamo is a pretty walled hill town that can be reached by a funicular railway.
* Brescia is a city often that’s often overlooked by tourists but has interesting sights that range from Roman ruins to medieval and Renaissance monuments. Its city museum, housed in a former convent, is like taking a walk through history. It’s one of my favorite Italian museums.
Prices often change or vary by season so we refrain from quoting exact prices that could quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, we indicate general price ranges for all points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in €.
See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15- €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 or higher per person
Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 or more for a double
Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 or more for a double
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€€ => Above €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets more than €50 per person