Informations for your holidays in Lombardy
A sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest in the whole of Europe.
Although Lombardy is often identified as merely an economic and industrial powerhouse, it has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. The many examples range from prehistory to the present day, through the Roman period and the Renaissance and can be found both in museums and churches that enrich cities and towns around the region. Major tourist destinations in the region include (in order of arrivals as of 2011) the historic, cultural and artistic cities of Milan (4,246,265 arrivals), Bergamo (239,022), Como (213,996), Brescia (195,375), Varese (118,686), Monza (82,038),Mantua (81,426) and the lakes of Garda (393,601), Como (357,223), Iseo (127,410) and Maggiore (66,819).
Lombardy has always been an important centre for silk and textile production, notably the cities of Pavia, Vigevano and Cremona, but Milan is the region's most important centre for clothing and high fashion. In 2009, Milan was regarded as the world fashion capital, even surpassing New York, Paris, Rome and London. Most of the major Italian fashion brands, such as Valentino,Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana (to name a few), are currently headquartered in the city.
Lombardy contains numerous museums (over 330) of different types: ethnographic, historical, technical-scientific, artistic and naturalistic which testify to the historical-cultural and artistic development of the region. Among the most famous are the National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" (Milan), the The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci (Milan), the Volta Temple (Como), the Stradivari Museum (Cremona), the Palazzo Te (Mantua), the Royal Villa of Monza and many others.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci | Crespi d'Adda | Rock Drawings in Valcamonica | Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy | The monumental archaeological area of the Roman forum and the monastery complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Brescia
Rice is popular in the region, often found in soups as well as risotti, such as "risotto alla Milanese", with saffron. In the city of Monza a popular recipe also adds pieces of sausages to the risotto. Regional cheeses include robiola, crescenza, taleggio, gorgonzola and grana padano (the plains of central and southern Lombardy allow intensive cattle-raising). In Bergamo, Brescia, and Valtellina, polenta is common. In Valtellina, Pizzoccheri is common, also. In Mantua, festivals feature tortelli di zucca (ravioli with pumpkin filling) accompanied by melted butter and followed by turkey stuffed with chicken or other stewed meats.