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LOMBARDY AND MILAN

Lombardy is hosting Expo 2015 with its varied territory: with half of that being plain and the rest is divided between the mountainous zones of the Lombard Alps, the Valtellina and the zones of the lakes such as Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo. It  offers fantastic incentives to its visitors, breathtaking panoramic views, outdoor activites, cultural tours to soak in the splendour of the past and a touch of modernity with the link to design and shopping in the city, Milano at its finest.
Lombardy is an exquisite culinary hub too. The most famous “made in Lombardy” products are: the Grana Padano parmisan cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, Panettone, Franciacorta and  Torrone.

 

Here a list of the 10 "wonderful" reasons to visit Lombardy.

 

 

 

ART AND CULTURE, HISTORY AND FUTURE INNOVATION

Pinacoteca di Brera and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Let yourself be taken by the cathedrals and cities of art, like Bergamo and Mantova, and enter the temple of Italian Opera, la Scala. Never to be forgotten, Lombardy boasts nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

www.visitbergamo.net

www.turismo.mantova.it

 

 

A NOD TO NATURE

From the rolling hills to the mountain trails, the great lakes to the river landscapes, Lombardy is the ideal destination to plan a vacation immersed in green. Today, Lombardy claims a national park, 24 regional parks and 16 sanctuaries managed by the WWF beyond the vineyards of Franciacorta.

 

 

THE REGION OF THE LAKES

The lakes Maggiore, Garda, Como and Iseo manage to combine the fairytale landscapes with an impeccable range of accommodation with luxury hotels, elegant mansions surrounded by Italian gardens and typical restaurants.

 

http://www.visitgarda.com

http://www.illagomaggiore.com

http://www.iseolake.info

http://www.lakecomo.it

 

 

 

MOUNTAINS FOR EVERY SEASON

In Lombardy the mountain is alive year round. If trekking and cyclotourism through the Adamello and Stelvio Parks are perfect for enjoying the fresh summer air, the Alps are king when winter rolls around and winter-sports lovers cover the mountains. All that can be experienced in places like Valchiavenna, Valmalenco, Madesimo, Aprica, Val Seriana, Val Brembana and Val di Scalve.

 

http://www.valtellina.it

http://www.valchiavenna.com

http://www.invallecamonica.it

 

 

 

ACTIVE VACATIONS

Head out canoeing or try your hand at windsurfing, kitesurfing, or wakeboarding on the lakes of Como, Garda, and Iseo. Or go down under and experience the thrill of scuba diving. If you're searching for contact with nature and extraordinary landscapes, you can enjoy the most beautiful greens of Lombardia in Brianza or the hills surrounding the lakes. Adventure along the path dedicated to cyclists and trekkers that flanks the Lambro and Mincio, crossing Oglio Park and the Monte Barro Natural Park.

 

 

MADE IN ITALY, THE AVANT-GARDE AND STYLE

Explore the elegance and quality of the Italian style by dedicating yourself to a bit of shopping. If Milan is the undisputed capital of fashion and design, other locations in the region offer the opportunity to find one of a kind artisan products: just take Como for example, with its celebrated silk, or Vigevano, where high quality footwear is born.

 

 

WELLNESS CENTERS AND SPAS

Not everyone knows that Lombardy hides some amazing oases dedicated to wellness. In Valcamonica, for example, you'll find the thermal baths of Boario. Or get over to Garda, in the thermal baths of Sirmione, where you can relax on the lakeside, or the thermal bath of Salice, in the heart of Oltrepò Pavese. Finally, don't miss out the picturesque thermal baths of Bormio, San Pellegrino and Milano, boasting numerous spas and wellness centers.

 

 

GOURMET EXPERIENCE

Cheers with a glass of wine from Valtellina, Oltrepo or Franciacorte and indulge the palette with typical products like cheeses such as Grana Padano, Gorgonzola, the prized lemons and olive oil of Garda, the aromatic cold cuts from Valtellina, the torrone of Cremona, mustard and caviar.

 

 

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Lombardy is home to a great deal of internationally relevant events, from art and culture, fashion and furnishing, tourism and handicraft. Between the Formula 1, Milan Fashion Week, Milan Design Week, world championships of ski in Bormio and the Mille Miglia of Brescia, Milan Film Festival and the Literature Festival of Mantova, if you're looking for an event not to miss? The universal Expo of 2015 in Milan, obviously!

 

 

MILAN, NOT ONLY THE CAPITAL OF FASHION

Milan is a unique meeting point between past and future. Visit the basilicas and churches such as the Duomo and Last Supper, explore the museums and ancient waterways, enjoy a drink in the Navigli, in Corso Como, at the Arco della Pace or in Brera, you really get a feel for the atmosphere of a city that has an immense wealth of history, art and culture.

One of the most striking things about Milan is its innovative character and its huge creativity, which is fully expressed at exhibition spaces like the Triennale, Hangar Bicocca, Fabbrica del Vapore and Rotonda di Via Besana.

 

http://www.turismo.milano.it
http://www.turismo.regione.lombardia.it
http://wonderfulexpo2015.info