Area: 23.863 km² - Population: 9.032.554
The regional capital is Milan
It borders with: Emilia Romagna, Piedmont,
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Lombardy is probably the most famous area of Italy for tourism and much of this is due to the sparkling lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda, which are situated at the foothill gateway to the majestic Alps.
Well know for tourism, one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful low alpine scenery is to either hire a car and drive around the lakes, or take a boat trips. A boat trip has romance and it's an easy way to enjoy a long lunch and see the lovely light and sights around the lakes that artists have flocked to for years.
Try a trip on lake Maggiore to the Castelli de Cannero which are the fantastic ruins of a castle spread out over two islets off the shore area around Cannero. However with a car, you can go at you own pace and stop to see some amazing sights on the way. For an aerial view between lake Como and Brunate take the famous funicular railway for a spectacular view.
Lake Garda is probably the most romantic of the major three lakes and a visit to the magical little Isola del Garda, which you can now take yours around is simply enchanting. Apart from sightseeing there is also a wealth of activities to enjoy, such as wine tasting, hiking, rambling, mountain biking, normal cycling, the list is almost endless, as are the beautiful scenery, and hospitality of a country whose cuisine matches the lovely scenery.
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Italy's northwest region, Lombardy offers spectacular views of unspoiled wine lands.
Famous for its production of wine from the time of Ancient Rome, Lombardy region has vineyards at territories like Franciacorta and Valtellina. Those seeking the very best of bubbly wines would find them at Franciacorta. You can enjoy the taste of various bubbly wines with a fantastic wine tasting tour close to the picturesque view of nearby Lake Iseo. Sample bubbly wines like Franciacorta DOCG or dry red or white wines like Terre di Franciacorta DOC, Rosso and Bianco. Franciacorta DOCG being an ultra-premium is rather expensive, but the taste with its bubbly appearance that is similar to that of champagne makes it worthwhile.
Those who adore the combination of history, medieval charm and great tasting white wines should visit Lugane. Apart from its various castles, Lugane boasts one of Lombardy's most breathtaking views and a prestigious wine estate, Cà dei Frati, a place where you can take delight in invigorating white wines. If you are a lover of red wine, don't miss a wine tasting tour in Valtellina.
Nino Negri and Triacca are two places where you can sample powerful red wines, Sforzato di Valtellina and Valtellina Superiore, which are made from the local Chiavennasca grapes. Another thing about visiting Valtellina is its vineyards, which are mostly on steep hillsides that are properly terraced.
Before you leave Lombardy, do make it a point to sample the "Blood of Judas" or Sangue di Giuda, which is a slightly sweet, local red wine at Oltrepò Pavese. Some of Lombardy's traditional foods are Minestrone, polenta, salami rabbit, risotto and Cassoeula. Risotto alla Milanese, which appears yellow because of saffron, is one of the most famous risotto dishes in Lombardy. Ossobuco alla Milanese, a braised veal shank dish, is another famous dish. Some of the region's famous cheeses are Gorgonzola, which has blue veins, Robiola and Taleggio.
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