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Reach Lombardy’s cities and marvel at their unique art, culture and history.

MILANO - Considered one of Europe’s capital cities, it is a finalcial and cultural hub of excellence, Rife with museums and art galleries, Milan satisfies all the senses. Revered the world over as the symbol of Milan, the Duomo is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in all of Italy and Europe. A house museum located in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi is one of the first great expressions of Milanese design. Visit the Museo della Scienza di ...

Milano (Milan Science Museum) for a journey into the past, present and future.

BERGAMO - Two cities in one: Bergamo Bassa (Lower Bergamo) and Bergamo Alta (Upper Bergamo) wich are connected by two funiculars. Domes, towers and stately buildings embraced by five kilometres of walls mean this charming city is full of thing to see.

BRESCIA - Known as the “Lioness of Italt” - a name which the poet Giosuè Carducci bestowed upon it for its courage during the Ten-Day Revolt - Brescia is a city full of culture and passion. It offers a trip back in time through Roman Brixia and the elegance of the Renaissance period, boasting woderful “piazza” meeting places, a crenellated castle, two cathedrals, a theatre , numerous museums as well as civic monuments, all just waiting to be visited.

COMO - Overlooking the lake which carries the same name and cradled by rolling morainic hills, Como is the city of water, light and silk. It has a rich history and culture, and his museums and prestigious monuments are the perfect testament to this. For lovers of nature and those wanting to take in the silence, Como serves as the first stop of a wonderful itinerary along the lake’s western bank, where visitors can marvel at dream villas from the Neoclassical Period.

CREMONA - Known throughout the world as the “City of art and music”, Cremona is the birthpalce of the violin. Here, one of the oldest crafts in the world - that of the luthier - has been handed down the centuries. Cremona’s medieval Piazza del Comune is surrounded by beautiful towering monuments: the Duomo, the Torrazzo bell tower which is the taller in Italy with a height of 112 metres, the Battistero (Baptistery). The Gotic Loggia dei Militi (the Soldiers’ Loggia) and the Palazzo del Comune ((Town Hall Building).

LECCO - The city of Lecco spans across a uniquely natural setting of rare beauty. It is a captivating place where illustrious figures of the calibre of Leonardo da Vinci and Giuseppe Parini spent part of their lives or found inspiration. Alessandro Manzoni set his literary masterplice, “I Promessi sposi” (The Betrothed), here. After exploring this lakeside city, visitors can set off from Lecco on fantastic lake excursions to admire historical villas and lavish buildings from the water.

LODI – Despite its air of simplicity, this Lombard city situated in the Lower Po valley has a rich historical and artistiv heritage, playing host to a myriad of events. The city has numerous parks and gardens, allowing visitors to fully relax and take in the silence. These include the public gardens, Isola Carolina Park and Lungo Adda Bonaparte which was a favourite with the poet Giosuè Carducci.

MANTOVA - Mantua is the city of Gonzaga family, located on the banks of the Mincio River. Many famous writers such as Virgil, Baudelaire and Dickens have sung the praises of its beauty and romantic atmosphere, and its numerous monuments reveal the great changes the city has undergone throughout his history. A tour along the Mincio river is also a must.

MONZA - A city with many faces., Monza is one of the regional capitals of Lombardy and has a rich history. The city has seen the presence of the Romans and Longobards in ancient times as well as Habsboug and Napoleonic rule, all of wich left a precious heritage behind including the Royal Villa, commissioned by Maria Theresa of Austria and built by master architect Piermarini in 1777. The Monza Eni Circuit is known by everyone as the “Temple of Speed”. Some of the best moments in sports and motor-racing history have taken place on this very tacetrack.

PAVIA- Pavia is a modern, dynamic city situated in the heart of Lombardy plain. It boasts one of the oldest universities in the world, which has seen the likes of illustrious professors such as Alessandro Volta and Ugo Foscolo teach there. The city has a rich artistic and cultural heritage as well as being very green. Its history dates back to the Romanesque period and sees the pinnacle of its glory when Pavia is proclaimed capital of the Longobard Kingdom. Visitors should definitely not miss: taking a stroll along the romantic Ponte Vecchio which connects the old part of the city to the picturesque Borgo Ticino district, as well as a visit to the basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro (Saint Peter in the Golden Sky) where Saint Augustine’remains are kept.

SONDRIO - It is a city with Longobard origins situated in the heart of Valtellina valley. The historic part of the city is made up of characteristic stone houses with wooden balconies like those typically found in the most beautiful mountain cities. Walking through the city, visitors cannot help but remain captivated bu its precious architecture.

VARESE - The “Garden City” is a perfect way to describe the combination of art and nature which, for centuries, has characterized the essence of this city. Its scenic, architectural and artistic treasures were already held in high regard during the eighteenth century when the city became a holidwy destination. In the early twentieth century, when famous, Art Nouveau style villas and hotels began “flourishing” throghout Varese, artistic flair and entrepreneurial genius were combined, nestling themselves in the city’s harmonious, evocative landscape.

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