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Lombardy is the most populous and richest region in Italy, with a population of about 10 million and about a fifth of Italy’s gross domestic product being generated in the region.  It is characterised by rolling hills, fertile fields, rugged mountains, flat plains of the Po Valley and the watery landscapes of the Italian lakes – Maggiore, Como and Garda.  It is here that you will find the vineyards of Italy’s premier sparkling wines, Franciacorta as well as an abundance of historical castles, villas and palaces.

Some of the highlights include the Royal Villa of Monza – one of Europe’s most beautiful royal villas; centuries-old villas dotted around the lakeside city of Lecco which also offers a great base for walking and cycling in the surrounding hills and mountains; the Ducal Palace of Mantova and the walled town of Sabbioneta (a UNESCO site) rich with Renaissance architecture.  Just north of Lake Iseo, between the lakes of Como and Garda, are the petroglyphs (rock drawings) of Val Camonica.  The National Park of Rock Inscriptions (Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri), inscribed by UNESCO, is considered the world's greatest collection of prehistoric inscriptions with more than 140,000 symbols and figures covering both sides of the valley.

Milan, the region’s capital, has much to offer from its fashion, industry, urban appeal and famous cathedral, making it a great choice for a short (or longer) weekend break.  Take a leisurely walk through exclusive shops whilst admiring the wealth of art and culture the city has to offer from its immense Gothic cathedral (Duomo) to the church and Dominican convent (a UNESCO Site) of Santa Maria delle Grazie.  The city is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, one of the world’s most important works of art which can be found in Santa Maria delle Grazie.  Milan’s Duomo, constructed in Italian Gothic style in 1386, is a monumental building which dominates the self-named Piazza del Duomo in the centre of the city.     

Shop at the Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - an extravagant indoor shopping arcade and one of the oldest shopping malls in the world; Discover the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology – a huge collection of important scientific and technological displays from model cars created from his drawings, reconstructions of his flying machines, and many of his drawings, blueprints and sketches;  Experience a night at the opera at La Scala - one of the finest opera houses in the world renowned for its acoustic qualities;  Visit the 15th century castle of Castello Sforzesco set in extensive gardens;  Explore the Brera district with its distinct Bohemian atmosphere full of art academies, galleries and upscale restaurants and bars;  Dine in the Naviglio Grande district – a canal bordered by many shops and restaurants;  Or scale the Torre Branca, a large observation tower (108.6m high) which affords unparalleled views of the city of Milan and beyond.  

Whether you want to shop in the fashion capital, explore the Italian lakes, hike in the mountains, or simply drive through bucolic rolling countryside, the region of Lombardy has it all.

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