From the modern sprawl of Milan to romantic Renaissance villages, pristine alpine valleys and luxurious lakeside resorts, Italy’s richest region also happens to be one of its most diverse.
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Glamour and opulence are synonymous with Lombardy, whether that’s the grandiose villas that line Lake Garda and Lake Como, the haute couture of fashion capital Milan, or its illustrious arts and literary heritage. The region is a crossroads of tradition and modernity and its skylines a fascinating blend of old and new. Its cuisine is equally rich, with expensive spices, prime cuts of meat and aged cheeses bringing flair to risotto and polenta-based dishes.
Large parts of Lombardy are covered by rice paddies, so risottos and other rice dishes are a staple.
Ossobuco is a Lombard specialty of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth.
Gorgonzola is one of the world's oldest blue-veined cheeses and is named after the town from which it originates.
Cotoletta alla Milanese is a flattened veal cutlet covered in egg and breadcrumbs and flash-fried in butter.
Tortelli di Zucca
Tortelli di zucca is pumpkin-stuffed pasta with crushed amaretti and candied fruits.
Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The opulent Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest malls in the world.
Milan's Navigli District is a popular nightlife spot with bars and restaurants lining canals.
Opened in 2014, Milan's Bosco Verticale was designed as a model for sustainable living.
Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello has been used as a shooting location for a number of blockbuster films.
This contemporary art gallery has a bar designed by cult film director Wes Anderson.
Pinacoteca di Brera
The works of Mantegna, Titian and Tintoretto can be found in Pinacoteca di Brera.
Castello Scaligero near Sirmione is one of Italy's best-preserved medieval castles.
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Have we whet your appetite? If you’re yearning to know more or want to bring a little slice of Lombardy into your home, dive deeper into this stunning region with our Milanese-inspired recipes, traditional cocktails, regional wine guides and more.
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