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Lombardia

Lombardia is located in Northern Italy, between the Alps and the Po river. It borders with Switzerland and the Italian regions of Piedmont (Piemonte), Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Liguria.

Other provinces are: Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantua, Monza Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio, Varese.

Lucia Mondella, protagonista de "I Promessi Sposi", di Alessandro Manzoni
Lucia Mondella, main character of the historical novel “The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni

Lombardia is the most populated Italian region, the most industrialized, the must multiethnic (home to 1/4 of foreigners living in Italy) and the richest region of Italy. Agriculture and advanced services, finance, culture, fashion, design, food and wine, business and folklore all coexist in Lombardy.

Milan is the economic and cultural point of reference, famous for design and fashion. Not to be missed visiting Milan: Milan Cathedral (Duomo), a fine example of Gothic art, the Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, Castello Sforzesco, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Teatro alla Scala, one of the most famous Opera house in the world. Milan is also a city with a trendy nightlife mainly in the characteristic Brera district, located close to the Academy of Fine Arts, or along the “Navigli” (water canals) or in the area of Via Tortona. The fashion district for expensive shopping is around Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. A very popular shopping area is around Corso Buenos Aires.

The huge park of  “Villa Reale” in Monza is one of the largest in Europe. Every year the
Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place
in the Monza autodrome, inside the park.
Brianza is famous for home furniture production.
Mantua is the city of Gonzaga. The painter Andrea Mantegna was born here and his tomb is housed in the beautiful Basilica of Sant’Andrea, designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Mantua and the nearby Sabbioneta,are both UNESCO World Heritage.

Pavia is famous for its University. Close to Pavia, the “Certosa” is a magnificent example of Renaissance art including a monastery and a shrine.Welcome to the region of Milan, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda, Lake Iseo, Certosa di Pavia, the Scala Theatre, Brera, Navigli

 

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN LOMBARDIA
Valle Camonica: rock drawings (Brescia)
Milan: The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci in Santa Maria delle Grazie
Crespi d’Adda: the company town (Bergamo)
Sacro Monte – Varese
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula and Bernina Landscapes (Sondrio)
Mantua and Sabbioneta (Mantova)
Monte San Giorgio (Varese)
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) (2011): the monastic complex of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia (Brescia)
Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) (2011): castrum of Castelseprio – Torba (VA)

ART TOWNS IN LOMBARDIA
Bergamo
Mantua
Milan
Pavia

ART TOWNS OF PO VALLEY IN LOMBARDIA
Bergamo
Brescia
Cremona
Monza
Pavia

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF ITALY IN LOMBARDIA
In the Province of Bergamo:
Cornello dei Tasso
Gromo
Lovere

In the Province of Brescia:
Bienno
Gardone Riviera
Monte Isola
Tremosine sul Garda

In the Province of Como:
Tremezzo

In the Province of Milan:
Cassinetta di Lugagnano
Morimondo

In the Province of Cremona:
Castelponzone
Gradella
Soncino

In the Province of Mantua:
Castellaro Lagusello
Grazie
Pomponesco
Sabbioneta
San Benedetto Po

In the Province of Pavia:
Fortunago
Zavattarello

AUTHENTIC VILLAGES OF ITALY IN LOMBARDIA
In the Province of Milan:
Vaprio d’Adda

In the Province of Pavia:
Godiasco Salice Terme
Montesegale

FAI PROPERTIES IN LOMBARDIA
Castel Grumello (Montagna di Valtellina – SO – 1990)
Edicola Liberty (Mantua – MN – 1992)
Monastero di Torba (Gornate Olona – VA – 1977)
Mulino di Baresi (Roncobello – BG – 2005)
Torre di Velate (Varese – 1989)
Villa del Balbianello (Lenno – CO – 1988)
Villa della Porta Bozzolo (Casalzuigno – VA – 1989)
Villa e collezione Panza (Varese – 1996)
Villa Fogazzaro Roi (Oria, Valsolda – CO – 2009)
Villa Necchi Campiglio (Milan – 2001)

 

WHO’S WHO IN LOMBARDIA

Three Nobel Prize: Dario Fo (literature), Camillo Golgi (medicine), Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (peace) were born in Lombardia.

And also:
Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electric battery,
– composer Gaetano Donizetti, the violinist Uto Ughi,
– writers Alessandro Manzoni and Carlo Emilio Gadda,
– painter Caravaggio,
– film directors Dino Risi, Marco Ferreri, Ermanno Olmi, Luchino Visconti, Alberto Lattuada,
– conductors Claudio Abbado, Arturo e Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli
– journalists Gianni Brera and Enrico Mentana
– actors Diego Abatantuono, Massimo Boldi, Gino Bramieri, Lella Costa, Franca Rame, Ugo Tognazzi, Gian Maria Volontè, Franca Valeri, Renato Pozzetto, Enzo Iachetti, Sandra Mondaini, Eleonora Duse
– singers Mina Mazzini (Mina), Adriano Celentano, Giorgio Gaber
– fashion designers Gianfranco Ferré, Miuccia Prada, Mariuccia Mandelli (Krizia), Valentino Garavani (Valentino),
– pilot Tazio Nuvolari,
– lyricist Giulio Rapetti (Mogol),
– doctors Gino Strada, Umberto Veronesi,
– explorer Ambrogio Fogar and Guido Monzino
– architects Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari, Gio Ponti, Luca Scacchetti, Marco Zanuso
– supermodel Bianca Balti
– chef Gualtiero Marchesi
– Pope John XXIII
– ballet dancers Carla Fracci and Alessandra Ferri
– NBA player Danilo Gallinari, football player Paolo Maldini
– businessmen Carlo Guzzi, Leonardo Del Vecchio, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Stefano Gabbana (D&G)

 

 

 

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