Taking its name from the tribe that conquered large tracts of northern and central Italy in the 6th century, this is a region that stretches deep into the Alps to the north, where the architecture, both ancient and modern, has its own distinct feel to it dictated by the climate. Lombardy is the principle region of the economic powerhouse that is northern Italy. Milan, the regional capital, dominates Lombardy but there is still plenty to see outside of the capital. Generally, everyone turns to Lake Como. Containing an amazing 20 cubic kilometres of water means that the immediate area around the lake has its own temperate microclimate. This helps to explain its enduring popularity, not just as a holiday destination but as a place to live, if you can afford it. But beware – this is not cheap; George Clooney has a place here. To the south, across the broad plain of the river Po, with no lake and much less well known there is still plenty to interest and entertain the more intrepid traveller.
There is so much to see and enjoy in Lombardy but if you are looking for something different, we hope you will find our suggestions useful.