Yay, it’s time to talk about my beloved Lombardy and its many charming gems and peculiarities.
Lombardia is the fourth biggest region of Italy and it has the largest population of all regions. It has eleven beautiful provinces:
Milano – The capital of the region and my home away from home
The name “Lombardia” comes from the Lombards, or the Langobards, a Germanic tribe that occupied the region in 6th century AC. Before that, it had belonged to Romans and Gauls. During middle ages, two strong aristocratic families were born here, who influenced the history of the region for centuries: The Viscontis and the Sforzas. In the 16th and 17th century, Lombardia was occupied by Austria. In 1815, Lombardo-Veneto was constutited and in 1859, Lombardia officially became a part the Kingdom of Italy.
The northern part of Italy is mainly mountainous, with the famous Passo dello Stelvio.
The south, on the other hand, is dominated by the lowland of Pianura Padana.
Lombardia is rich in rivers – such as:
And famous, stunning lakes, my favorite places in Lombardia for long weekends and la dolce vita at its best:
Lago di Garda
Lago di Como
Milan, the capital of Lombardia, is the city of my heart, and you can read some of my previous blog posts about the gems of the city here. Of course, Milan is also the protagonist of my books Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore and Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita. There are so many places to see in Milan, but the basics (the stunning basics) include:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Da Vinci’s Last Supper
Other adorable cities you absolutely must visit in Lombardia are:
And last but not least, let’s talk about food! You may find that the gastronomy of Lombardia is different from other parts of Italy, mainly due to the influence of the many nations that occupied the region in the past.
Risotto is the gourmet pillar of the local cuisine, my favorite being:
Risotto alla Milanese (as you know, I’ve shared the entertaining secret of its origin in Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita)
Risotto alla Certosina
Lombardia produces excellent cheeses that I’m addicted to:
And when in Lombardia, don’t forget to have a glass of excellent local wine with your dinner:
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