Lombardy

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Mantova
  Mantova - Skyline Ph. depositphoto.com/C_Palazzini   Founded in 2000 BC, Mantova was once an Etruscan village and is now capital of the province with the same name. It is a relatively large town of 100,000 in the region of Lombardia.  Surrounded on three sides by man-made lakes created in the 12th century, this world-famous city, known in English as Mantua, attracts visitors interested in art, architecture and history.   Entrance gate to a house
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Castle St. George Mantua
  Castle of St. George, Ducal Palace, Mantua   Castello San Giorgio is part of the Ducal Palace located in the city of Mantova, The castle can be reached by entering from the Ponte San Giorgio. It is a reddish castle and dates back to the Middle Ages, from the time of the Gonzaga family. The construction of the large castle began in the year 1395 under the directions of Bartolino, an achitect hailing from the city of Novara. It was built to defend the city
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Castello Ducale mantova
  Mantua - Aerial view - Photo courtesy of EdoM/Wikimedia   The Reggia dei Gonzaga or the Palazzo Ducale is located in the city of Mantua, or Mantova. The palace is, in fact, a group of buildings located between Piazza Sordello and the shore of the bottom lake in the north east side of the city. The entire structure is made of a large number of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The structure used to be formed by a series of different buildings,  
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
brescia
   La Loggia in Brescia by night   Brescia is a city located at the foot of the Alps in Lombardy Italy. The city has had a fascinating history going back centuries. Even before it was conquered by the Romans in 225 BC, it already had a lot of history behind it. The signs of this history can still be seen everywhere in the old town of Brescia, although, the new town doesn't have much more to offer. The town and most of its attractions tend to get very crowded with visitors
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
lake como
 Village on the shore of Lake Como. Ph. depositphoto.com/papandreos   Want to escape the hustle and bustle of Milano? Head a half hour outside the city and you will reach the luxurious and peaceful lake community of Como. Of course, Lake Como is a perfect vacation destination all on its own--just ask its most famous resident: George Clooney. Located in the Lombardy region of Italy, the lake finds its origins in the glaciers that existed here thousands of years ago. The third
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
lake maggiore
  Lake Maggiore viewed from Maccagno - Panorama Ph. depositphotos/elesi   Of the three large pre alpine lakes of Italy, Lake Maggiore is the westernmost and the second largest after Lake Garda. The lake acts as a border between Lombardy and Piedmont and a part of it also sits in Switzerland (which can be reached from Italy either by train or by a short ferry ride.) Lake Maggiore is less crowded than Lake Garda and less glitzy than Lake Como, offering one of the most
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
      122.337 inhabitants. This is one of the newest provinces in Italy, as it was established in 2004, but only truly operational since 2009. It was mainly a political decision, made due to the growing economic power of the area and also to slim down the already very busy province of Milan. Monza is one of the most populated cities in Lombardy and therefore the move sort of made sense.  The area is actually very populated in general, and although not as big as other provinces, every town
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Bernina Chain   The Rhaetian Railway (the Ferrovia Retica in Italian) is an outstanding example of modern engineering triumphing over the isolated landscape of the Alps. The two railway lines, which cross the Swiss Alps through two passes and cover the Albula and Bernina areas, solved the problem of isolation experienced by many communities in the Central Alps. Opened in 1904 the railway is an impressive structure; the Albula line includes covered galleries, forty-two tunnels and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sirmione, Lake Garda Scaliger Castle is located in the Italian lakeside town of Sirmione. Sirmione is a comune and town located in the province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy. Sirmione has a beautiful historic center which is situated on top of a small peninsula that juts out into the southern portion of Lake Garda. The Scaliger Castle is consideredone of the finest examples of a medieval fortification, including a very rare fortified port. Sirmione was once known as Garda, and had been
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Milan Metro Sign I have finally realized how shockingly average the Milanese public transport is. For a classy, chic city, the state of the trams and the metro is disgraceful. Actually, I'm inclined to lump even the buses into this lot. You're lucky to sit down on a seat free of stains, or rubbish, or the remains of someone's lunch. They're never clean, and always smell slightly strange - the same stench as in a room full of people who've taken their shoes off. Not pleasant, at all. You may
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dome of Santa Maria delle Grazie The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is located in Milan and is a very famous church and a convent. The church is also known for the Last Supper which has been made by Leonardo da Vinci. The History The Dominican convent and the church had been built on the orders of the Duke of Milan, Francesco I Sforza. The Duke had wanted the church to replace a small chapel which had once stood at the location and had been dedicated to Saint Mary of the Graces. The
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lake Iseo - Panoramic View - Photo courtesy of Federicoiseo/Wikimedia Split between Bergamo and Brescia, in a heavily industrialized area, you will find the surprise gem that goes by two different names—Lake Iseo (Lago d’Iseo) or Sebino. Despite the modernity in the towns of the area there are many spots along the lake’s coastline that are both picturesque and naturally beautiful. Fed by the Oglio River the lake is located near the Val Camonica area of northern Italy, and is surrounded by
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of the town centre in Lodi and Piazza Vittoria Ph. flickr/Maurizio Pucci   Lodi is the capital of the province of Lodi in Lombardy, northern Italy. Lodi was originally a Celtic village known by a different name during the Roman age. Later on, Lodi's geographical location made it an important city on the famous Roman road system. One of the main features of the city is in fact the river Adda that over the centuries has contributed to Lodi's agricultural development.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lake Varese Varese is a comune and city located in the region of Lombardy in Northern Italy. The city is located 55 km from Milan and is the capital of the Varese province. Varese lies at the feet of the famous Sacro Monte di Varese which has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. It also overlooks the Lake Varese. The rivers Olona and Ticino pass through the province and there are in all seven lakes in the province which include four smaller lakes and three large ones which are the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Detail of the Castel of Visconti in Pavia The Castello Visconteo or the Visconti Castle is located in the town of Pavia in the region of Lombardy. The castle had been built on the orders of Galeazzo II Visconti in the year 1360, after conquering the city. The castle had been the main residence for the Visconti family. There is a large park north of the castle including Certosa of Pavia which had been founded in the year 1396 and had been used as a private chapel for the powerful family.  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aperitivos in Milan Aperitif: wine and a tasty snack It seems Americanism has seeped its way into Milan. The all-you-can-eat phenomenon, once restricted to sizzler and pizza hut, has transformed the Milanese nightlife and halved the cost of a good night out. But unlike in America, the unlimited access self-service buffet is associated with bars, not restaurants. It is...the Milanese happy hour. At home, an advertised happy hour consists of a slight reduction in a couple
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mantua (Mantova) and Sabbioneta are two towns located in the valley of the Po River in the north region of Italy. Both of these towns represent Renaissance town planning. Mantua is important since it depicts the extension and the renewal of an existing town. Sabbioneta which is located 30 km from Mantua represents the implementation of the theories of ideal town planning from that era. The layout of Mantua is quite irregular and has many quarters which show the different stages of the growth
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Val Grande National Park   Enter Val Grande National Park and leave the modern world behind. There are no paved roads here or modern amenities, no people who live here either, just miles and miles of natural wonder and trails to help you explore it. Just try to restrain your wonder as you come across imposing mountain peaks of the Alps framed by clear skies and greenery, as well as a diverse array of plant and animal life, deep valleys and pristine lakes like
Friday, June 1st, 2012
lake garda
Lake Garda, Malcesine Ph. depositphotos/lightpoet   If you are looking for dazzling natural scenery then Lake Garda is the place for you. Deep blue waters, green forests, towering mountains, and picturesque towns--Lake Garda offers it all. Italy's largest lake is located between Milan and Venice, and is nestled between the Dolomites of Brenta to the North and rolling hills to the South. The shoreline of the lake and the lake itself are divided between the provinces of Trento,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Roofs of Cremona viewed from the tower of the Cathedral Ph. depositphotos/karkozphoto   Cremona is located in Lombardy region in Italy and is the capital of the Cremona Province. For centuries Cremona has been known to be an independent and a wealthy city, for this reason there are plenty of handsome villas and mansions strewn all across the city. Cremona is also known for some good architecture examples in northern Italy.   What really made Cremona famous, was its
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lombardia on the Italian map The region of Lombardy is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy. The capital of the region is Milan which is known to be a major fashion destination in the world and is also known to the country's second capital. Apart from Milan too there are plenty of famous tourist destinations in the region like Pavia, Mantua, Cremona and Bergamo and lakes Iseo, Maggiore, Como and Lake Garda. Apart from being one of top tourist regions in the country, it is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Lake Idro Ph. depositphoto.com/adrenalina   Lake Idro is an Italian pearlpine lake one of the highest in Lombardy. The majority of the lake is part of the Province of Brescia, while the rest falls in the Province of Trento. The surface area of the lake is 11.4km and its maximum depth of 122 meters. Visitors to the area will find beautiful wooded mountains surrounding the lake as well as a shoreline that stretches 24 kilometers and is shared among four communes, Idro, Anfo,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lombardia The Lombardy or Lombardia region of Italy occupies a major portion of the northern Po River valley between the Tincio and Mincio rivers. It is bordered by the Alps and Switzerland to the north and Emilia-Romagna to the south. Lombardy is home to Italy's famous lakes Maggiore, Como and Garda that lie at the foot of the Alps. Piedmonte and Valle D'Aosta border Lombardy to the west and the Veneto and Alto-Adige regions on the east. Not only is Lombardy an agricultural center, but an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Milan's best restaurants Milan in Italy is known for a lot of things. Thousands of tourists visit Milan each year to visit the numerous attractions in the city, to see the beautiful Piazzas, the ancient churches and cathedrals and to enjoy its marvelous cuisine. Known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan is also a city that has plenty of good places to eat. The restaurants in Milan are over-the-top as well as simple and rustic. There are so many places to dine out in the city that most
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Stelvio National Park - Mountain   In the heart of Italy's Central Alps is a park dominated by the Ortles-Cevedale massif group, where one can watch the majestic beauty of ice and water pouring from the summits into the waterways of the green valleys below. Lucky visitors will spy glaciers, grassland, imposing mountains and ridges, and luxuriant forests. There are also many rare plant and animals species to be found within Stelvio National Park and several scattered villages to visit and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
lake como
   Somewhere into the sixties Como was a bustling city as bedeviled by traffic as any North American town of its size. Funny thing is, is that it retained much of its charm and charismatic air.   Way before this, it was a mere lump of ice, melting and changing form. The final results attracted an array of famous poets- so inspired by its natural beauty.   Romans relaxed in Como, Dante (Tuscan Poet),Virgil and Catullus, the genius Goethe, Longfellow. Poetry may have
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Como Como is located on the Italian-Swiss border in the region of Lombardi, Italy. The Lake Como is located close to the city and is a very popular tourist destination. The city was built by the Romans and it served as an important location in the trade between the European countries and the Mediterranean. Como has also gained popularity for its good quality silk. Como is the birth place of some important Roman scientists and in the 18th century, Alessandro Volta, who was the inventor of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
One of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy are the Sacri Monti, or Sacred Mountains, that are located in the northern part of the country. These mountains are actually nine groups of churches and chapels created in the 16th and 17th centuries. Along with their religious significance these structures are also noteworthy for their architectural features and wealth of amazing art. For these reasons the Sacri Monti were named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. The Sacri Monti are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Panoramic of Varese Lake from Biandronno - Photo courtesy of Alessio Facchin/Wikimedia       Lake Varese - Suggestive View in Fog - Photo courtesy of Fvatwimediao/Wikimedia     Lake Varese is a smallish lake in the Lombardy region fed by underground springs. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills and to the south the roads lead to ponds and marsh area. Isolino Virginia is the lake's small island, which is located near the western shoreline. The lake is glacial in origin and is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sondrio Sondrio is a city located in Valtellina in Lombardy, Italy. Sondrio is quite a small town and has only a population of approximately 22,000 inhabitants. Centuries ago, Sondrio was a military camp for the Roman Empire but the present day town was established by the Lombards. After the Lombard Empire fell down it became a part of the Holy Roman Empire and much of the region was managed from here. The surrounding areas of the town are known for their terraced vineyards and many of Italy'
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Valcamonica - Panorama   If you are in the Lombary region think of visiting Valcamonica, which boasts one of the largest collections of rock drawings in the world. There have been about 200,000 figures and symbols carved into the rocks over a time span of approximately 8,000 years. Located two hours drive from Milan, Valcamonica's pictures depict various scenes and are connected through common themes like magic, war, navigation and agriculture. The rock drawings discovered in Valcamonica
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castello sforzesco milan
  Sforzesco Castle, Milan Ph. depositphotos/adrenalina     The Sforzesco Castle, or the Castello Sforzesco is one of the best-known historical buildings in Milan, witness of several historical events in the past centuries. The castle was demolished and rebuilt many times over the centuries. Today, after having been restored and embellished, it has become a symbol of the city itself and of its history.     History of the Castello Sforzesco   A
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Kylie in Monza The sun has finally started shining, thank the lord. It's been a long, long wait - we're into May now, and half the Milanese population are still sporting coats and boots! I was beginning to think the climate of Milan was rivaling London on the 'most consistently horrible' scale, (and that's not something to be proud of). But just when I'd lost all hope in there ever being a summer, I have been proven wrong. Kylie in Monza town center Last Sunday, the sun-god made an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Crespi d'Adda - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Luigi ChiesaCrespi d'Adda is located in the Lombardy region of Italy and is known to be one of the best examples of a 19th century company town. The design and the architecture of the town is famous for being tailored to its workers. Featured on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list since 1995, Crespi d'Adda is quite intact and is still used today for industrial purposes. History In 1875 the 1 km stretch of valley between the two rivers surrounding
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Lugano - View of the Lake and the City   Lake Lugano is shared by Switzerland and Italy and the area around the glacier lake is infused with a mix of Swiss sophistication and Italian passion. Located between Lakes Maggiore and Como, Lugano was first mentioned by Gregory of Tours in 590 AD, who referred to the body of water as Ceresio. It is thought that the original name came from the many cherry trees that once dotted the shores of the lake. In 804 the lake
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Pavia Pavia is a city located in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy in the province of Pavia. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards between 568 and 774 AD, which is when it first gained its political importance. The University of Pavia, founded during the middle ages is also located in the city and still a prominent center of learning. The province of Pavia is known for its fertile land and is an important producer of several agricultural products like rice, cereals,