IT - Lombardy
Lombardy is a region of northwestern Italy.
Lombardy is the most populous region in Italy: it has about ten million inhabitants. Its capital is Milan. The region borders to the north with Switzerland (Ticino and Grisons), to the west with Piedmont, to the east with Veneto and with Trentino-Alto Adige, and to the south with Emilia-Romagna.
When to go
The climate of Lombardy, however definable of a subcontinental temperate type, is very varied due to the different natural conformations present in the area: mountains, hills, lakes and plains.
Typically the summer seasons in the plains are muggy (due to the high humidity) and hot. The continentality means that the average maximum temperatures in July is 29 ° C. But in these months of the year there are also frequent heavy storms and sudden showers accompanied by hail. Winters are cold and long with moderate rainfall. The temperature range during the year is high and the fog is intense. In the mountains the climate is typically alpine with cool summers and abundant rainfall and long, harsh and little rainy winters. The Lombardy Po Valley is one of the least ventilated areas in Italy. The snow, abundant on the hills, also falls on the plains, since the average minimum temperature in January is -1 ° C. Lake Garda contributes to regulating the temperature of the surrounding areas, creating a “Mediterranean” microclimate that makes it possible to cultivate the olive tree. The pre-Alpine belt and the upper Oltrepò have a cool temperate climate, the medium alpine mountain has a cold temperate climate and the peaks have a glacial climate.
Territories and tourist destinations
Tourism in Lombardy although not representing, as in other Italian regions, one of the primary activities, thanks to the presence of different natural beauties (lakes and mountains) and cities of art manages to attract a significant number of people every year.
In Lombardy there were 13,258,859 arrivals and 33,123,562 presences in 2011. Non-residents contributed 49.72% of arrivals and 55.8% of presences. Among the most visited places we must remember the Pinacoteca di Brera (336.981 visitors), the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (330.071), the Archaeological Museum of Sirmione with the Grotte di Catullo (216.612), the Scaliger Castle (202.066).
Lombard Alpine Arch – Valchiavenna, the Valtellina valley crossed by the Adda and the Val Camonica, one of the largest in the Alpine valleys; the main urban centers are Chiavenna, the key to communication with the French Alps; Sondrio, main administrative center; important tourist resorts and ski resorts are Madesimo, Bormio, Ponte di Legno, Santa Caterina Valfurva. To see the Stelvio National Park.
Prealps and large Lombard lakes – The major Lombard lakes with their cities, towns and interesting towns characterize this region of the region from a tourist point of view, but the cities of art are equally interesting for tourism: Bergamo, Brescia, Como; then Lecco and Varese without forgetting places such as those on Lake Iseo.
Lombardy Po Valley – This is the area of the flat countryside but above all of the wild urban area with the large metropolitan areas and conurbations of Milan and its vast hinterland, Monza and Brianza, Saronno, Busto Arsizio, Gallarate, and Legnano , which, however, boast a tourist offer from cities of art (Milan) or of a good standard (all others). Moving away from the immense Milanese agglomeration, which monopolizes the entire eastern area, the cities of Crema, which was for a long time a Venetian enclave in the Duchy of Milan, are of major tourist interest in a context of life that is certainly less chaotic. it boasts a beautiful cathedral, as well as remains of Venetian walls; Treviglio; Pandino and Soncino, with their turreted castles; Castel Goffredo and Castiglione delle Stiviere, Gonzaga capitals; Asola, Gonzaga but with important Venetian atmospheres that derive from its past linked to the Serenissima.
Lower Po of Lombardy – The cities of Vigevano, Voghera, Pavia, Lodi, Cremona, Mantua (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Casalmaggiore, Sabbioneta (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Viadana, Suzzara and their territories are located there : Lomellina, Oltrepò Pavese, Pavese, Lodigiano, Cremonese, Oglio Po, Mantovano, Oltrepò Mantua. Po di Lombardia is a tourism development project for the provincial administrations of Pavia, Lodi, Cremona and Mantua, signed by the four Lombard provinces on February 9, 2004.
cycle path Cycle path of the Mincio, connects Mantua to Peschiera del Garda (43.5 km)
cycle path Cycle path Mantua-Sabbioneta, connects Mantua to Sabbioneta (46 km)
Mantova-Grazie cycle path, connects Mantua to Grazie di Curtatone (8 km)
cycle path Cycle path of the lakes, route around the lakes of Mantua (14 km)
Ciclovia dell’Oglio cycle path, path that runs along the course of the Oglio river, from Ponte di Legno to Ponte di Barche Torre d’Oglio, where the river flows into the Po, passing through the Camonica Valley, Lake Iseo and Franciacorta (280 km). N.B. by 2019 the route is 90% complete.
More information on how to travel by bicycle on this site.
Here you will find the complete map of the cycle paths.
Although Lombardy is often identified as a region with a strictly economic vocation, it has an artistic heritage of exceptional value. The many testimonies range from prehistory to the present day, passing through the Roman era but especially for the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when Lombardy was first one of the areas of maximum flowering of medieval towns, then a fundamental center of the Renaissance. The many monuments are concentrated above all in the numerous cities of art which mostly correspond to the most important medieval towns and Renaissance cities and have become, with some exceptions, the current provincial capitals. In Lombardy, however, there are numerous smaller towns that present significant evidence of the past, in particular for the numerous castles and sacred buildings scattered throughout the region. As a testament to the value of the regional artistic heritage, Lombardy is, with nine sites, the Italian region that hosts the largest number of World Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO, and is home to the first Italian site to join the list, the rock engravings of Val Camonica.
Besides the UNESCO sites, Lombardy hosts many other treasures such as the Piazza Ducale di Vigevano, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, Bergamo high, with its narrow streets and buildings enclosed in the walls to preserve ancient beauties and the Cathedral of Cremona .
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