Lombardy in northern Italy is with over 10 million inhabitants the largest Italian region and the economic engine of Italy.
From the Alps in the north to the picturesque lakes, surrounded by mountains and into Europe’s largest lowlands with beautiful river landscapes and charming cultural cities, you can discover the diversity of Lombardy. Discover the best places to visit in Lombardy with it’s beautiful landscapes.
The cultural cities of Milan, Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona form a kind of city quadrangle. Bergamo is the northern city on the hill on the edge of the Bergamasque Alps.
In the northern arc around the three Lombard cities, the northern Italian lakes Lake Como entwine themselves in the north of Milan, Lake Idro and Lake Iseo northeast of Bergamo and Lake Garda east of Brescia.
All cities of culture offer rich treasures from a long history and culture that have been excellently preserved. Take enough time on a trip through Lombardy and use our insider tips to find the most beautiful sights, some of which are off the main travel routes.
Bergamo and Brescia were extraordinarily named as Capitals of Culture 2023 in 2020, the year of the Corona Pandemic. Both cities were hit very badly right at the beginning of the pandemic in February, March 2020. Before the extent of the infections that had already occurred had been recognized, thousands of people in the cities and the surrounding small towns had been infected. Hospital staff became infected, resulting in thousands of serious illnesses and deaths. The pictures of the coffins that were transported from Bergamo by the army because the capacities of their own cemeteries were not sufficient, went around the world.
With the recognition as joint cultural capitals in 2023, the hope is also placed in the two cities of art, Bergamo and Brescia, that they will approach this goal together and not as competitors.