Lombardy & Milan
Milan has been recognized as one of the world's four fashion capitals thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile). Home to the stunning Cathedral Duomo and many cultural institutions, museums, and art galleries, and one of Leonardo's most famous paintings The Last Supper.
You will find some interesting Italian food in the Lombardy region, the provinces surrounding the cities of Mantua, Cremona and Brescia and Bergamo have been named a European Region of Gastronomy in 2017. And undoubtedly, you have to visit the most popular lake in Lombardy's region: Lake Como is a jewel-like oasis of tranquility, with its sparkling waters set against a majestic mountain backdrop. Just half an hour from bustling Milan by rail or car and nestled on the shores of the fabled lake of the same name, the enchanting towns of Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio, Tremezzo and Cernobbio lie snugly at the foot of the Italian Alps.
Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second largest lake, has its western shore in the region of Piedmont, its eastern shore in Lombardy and its north side borders Ticino in Switzerland. The picturesque, flower-filled Isole Borromeo (Borromean Islands) are the gems of the Lake – Isola Bella, Isola Superiore Pescatori (or tiny fisherman's island) and Isola Madre, magical landscapes with ancient palazzos, private villas and gardens, set in the middle of tranquil blue waters. The main lakeside town of Stresa is a favourite for European aristocracy and provides a base to explore the area. Experience the natural beauty of Valtellina, a premier skiing destination in the Lombardy Alps. With its breathtaking mountain scenery and exceptional winter sports activities, Valtellina is the perfect place to create unforgettable memories.
When to visit
Spring or Autumn are the best seasons to experience Milan. Warm and sunny days ensure that you get to explore the city as much as you can without worrying about the weather getting sour and to avoid the hot summers and the cold, overcast winters. This is the best time to visit the nearby Italian lakes as well.
February - April Peak season in Milan, the Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile 21- 26 Apr 2020) and The Fashion Week (18 - 24 February 2020)