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Lombardy Map - Lombardia Region

Explore Lombardy and the Italian Lakes with our Map

Lombardy, or Lombardia in Italian, is a large northern Italian region incorporating Milan and beautiful Renaissance cities like Pavia and Mantua, as well as a varied geography from the fertile Lombardy plains to Italy's mountainous lake region in the north.

Lombardy Map, Lombardia
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Lombardy map © James Martin, Europe for Visitors

Cities and Villages of Lombardy

From fashion giant Milan, to the beautiful Renaissance city of Mantua, or Mantova in Italian, Lombardy has a lot to offer the tourist in a relatively small area. Malpensa Airport, Milan's largest international airport, is actually closer to Lago Maggiore than it is to Milan, so visitors who don't like large cities can be immediately drawn into the Lombardy lakes district.


Milan, Milano in Italian, is Lombardy's capital and one of Italy's most fashionable cities. Milan is a fast-paced city with a thriving cultural scene and is a great city for shopping. It also holds its share of artistic and historical sites, including the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Many international travelers arrive at Milan's Malpensa Airport, to the northwest of the city. More about Milan:

Lombardy's Lakes

Lago Maggiore stretches clear into Switzerland. The lake is popular with tourists and with Milanese who come to Lago Maggiore on the weekends. Lago Maggiore offers year-round activities. More on Lago Maggiore.

Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy's most popular lake. Lake Como is ringed by beautiful villas and romantic resort villages. Lake Como also offers water sports, hiking, and nearby winter sports. Lake Como Travel Information:

Lago d'Iseo is a smaller and less crowded lake. Lago d'Iseo offers water sports, a nature reserve, the biggest lake island in Europe, and relaxation. Nearby are the unusual pyramids of earth, a rare natural phenomenon.

Lake Garda, Lago di Garda, is Italy's largest lake. The northern part of the lake is very scenic. Nearby is Gardaland, a big amusement park.

Valleys of Lombardy

Lombardy has two beautiful valleys in the north of the region that offer great opportunities for hiking.

Val Camonica, the area north of Lago d'Iseo from Breno to Edolo, is known for its prehistoric rock art. Val Camonica also has some small medieval villages and castles. A train runs up the valley from Brescia. Val Camonica Pictures

Valtellina is the northern part of Lombardy, stretching from Edolo to the western border of Lombardy through Sondrio. The Valtellina offers skiing and both summer and winter mountain sports.

Lombardy Cities

Bergamo has two parts. The old city, Bergamo Alta, sits on a hill above Bergamo Bassa, the modern city. Bergamo Alta is a medieval walled hill town with old squares, beautiful monuments and buildings, and great views.

Brescia is the second largest city in the Lombardy region but one of the least elegant. Brescia has Roman remains, a castle, monastery, Renaissance squares, museums, and a medieval city center. Brescia Travel Resources

Pavia is a university city on the bank of the Ticino River with Romanesque and medieval architecture and a good historic center. Nearby is the famous monastery, the Certosa di Pavia. Get to Know Pavia and take a look at Pictures of Pavia.

Cremona is home to the famous handmade Stradivarius violins and the Palazzo d'Arte has an exhibition of violins. Several good cheeses come from Cremona as does mostarda, fruit preserved in syrup that has a kick to it. Cremona's center is pretty and easy to walk around.

Mantua, Mantova in Italian, is a beautiful, historic city surrounded on three sides by lakes. Mantua was one of the greatest Renaissance Courts in Europe. Get to Know Mantua and take a look at Pictures of Mantua.

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