Lombardy (Lombardia) is the richest and most densely populated region of Italy, led by its overachiever, Milan. A perpetual power in the north, Lombardy’s influence went well beyond its borders – to foreigners for many centuries, the very word ‘Lombard’ came to mean merchant and banker. Lombardy is blessed with natural resources and marvelous terrain – soaring Alps, verdant hills, highlands and glacier-carved lakes, and the ultra-fertile Po River Valley. Lombardy produces everything from sleek consumer goods to the most desired haute couture. Travelers come here for stunning scenery, unparalleled culture, history from ancient petroglyphs onwards, incomparable cuisine… and the most stylish stiletto heels in all of Europe.
Expand your horizons… Lombardy borders on Switzerland in the north, Emilia-Romagna in the south, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto in the east and Piedmont in the west. It’s easy to add on Emilia-Romagna for the oldest university in Europe and the delectable gastronomy of Bologna; Trentino-Alto Adige for hiking around the Three Peaks of Lavaredo in the Dolomites or snowshoeing in the Funes Valley; Veneto for a proposal under Romeo & Juliet’s balcony in Verona; and Piedmont for the Sacred Shroud in Turin or truffle hunting (with a dog, not a pig!) in the countryside.
Note: All driving tours feature English-speaking drivers and are private unless otherwise mentioned. Tours are priced based on pick-up point and number of participants. All sightseeing tours are accompanied by expert local guides.