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Brescia Castle

Travel to northern Italy for historical discoveries in medieval centers, the latest fashions and relaxation near the country's great lakes.

Lombardy is a region of forests, snow-capped peaks, lakes and picturesque towns and cities. The scenery accommodates varied outdoor adventures, while urban landscapes reveal cultural and historical treasures. Shop for the latest styles in one of the world’s fashion capitals, explore medieval centers, ski in the Alps and vacation near Italy’s great lakes.

Head to Lombardy’s capital, Milan, a global fashion hub. Search for designer clothing in the Quadrilatero d' Oro district’s boutiques and the glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade. Wear your new outfit for an elegant evening at the acclaimed La Scala opera house. Visit some of the city's other best-known attractions. Admire one of Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpieces, The Last Supper mural, in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Appreciate the view from the spired rooftop of the Gothic Cathedral of Milan (Duomo).

Drive or take the train to Mantua, about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Milan. This Renaissance city is filled with many architectural gems, including the magnificent Ducal Palace and the late 14th-century cathedral. Other captivating buildings await in Pavia, which was known as the City of 100 Towers in the Middle Ages. During these times, wealthy residents tried to outdo each other by building tall structures. Today, gaze up at the remaining towers, seemingly nonfunctional.

Take advantage of Lombardy's variety of natural settings. Ski the resorts of Bormio and Livigno. Follow a wine trail through the vine-covered hills of Franciacorta and sample Italy’s sparkling wines.

Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda in the northern lake region. Sail, windsurf and canoe on these vast bodies of water. Tour towns and villages along the lakes. Centuries-old churches and villas of Bellagio line the shores of Como. Sightsee at Scaliger Castle on the southern shore of Garda.

Reach Lombardy by flying into Milan’s international airports. Get around by rental car, trains and buses to experience the best of the region’s scenery, culture and history.

Popular cities in Lombardy

Milan which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a sunset
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Art
Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Via Montenapoleone Fashion District
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
Known for Historical, Castles and Mountains
Go beyond this city’s Venetian walls to see a preserved medieval town and check out the impressive art museums in the lower district.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Vecchia
  • Rocca
  • GAMeC
Brescia which includes chateau or palace and heritage elements
Known for Historical, Business and Museums
Famous for hosting Italy’s Mille Miglia classic car rally, this city is also home to historic sights including Roman ruins and Romanesque churches.  

Reasons to visit

  • Brescia Castle
  • Piazza della Loggia
  • Santa Giulia Museum
Estense Palace which includes a square or plaza, landscape views and a small town or village
Known for Castles, Gardens and Historical
The palace, basilica and castle of this enchanting city north of Milan lie between the Campo dei Fiori mountain range and Lake Varese.

Reasons to visit

  • Corso Matteotti
  • San Vittore Basilica
  • Estense Palace
Livigno showing snow, mountains and a small town or village
Known for Cross-Country Skiing, Spas and Cheese
Explore the diverse duty-free shops in this traditional Alpine village, known for its reliable snow conditions.

Reasons to visit

  • Livigno Ski Area
  • Carosello 3000 Mountain Park
  • Valtellina Ski Area
Known for Monuments, Cathedrals and Hills
Trip time! Discover the monuments, cathedral, and castle in Pavia.