Lombardy is the northernmost of the 20 regions of Italy. Combining aspects of the Alps, Po Valley and its lakes, and some magnificent settlements, Lombardy is diverse and spectacular. The flats around Milan are an art lover’s haven whilst the hills and waterways at the edge of the Alps make taking accommodation in Lombardy a nature lovers treat.
Lombardy is divided into twelve provinces; Milan, Como, Lecco, Lodi, Brescia, Mantova, Cremona, Sondrio, Pavia, Varese, Monza and Bergamo. Each province is different, and many are centred around huge tourist attraction, like the city of Milan, the Monza Grand Prix, the mountains and skiing of Sondrio or the cycling and golf of Brescia. Which self catering Lombardy holiday rental you decide upon will determine the flavour of your holiday to Lombardy.
Lombardy is blessed with many artistic treats which should not be missed by any art-lover. The cradle of Romanesque architecture has staggering monuments in each of its cities, but of special note is the cathedral of Milan. In Mantova, Ducal Palace is home to an unbelievable cycle of frescos by Mantegna, and the piazza of Bergamo is probably the most beautiful in Italy. The national masterpiece of the elaborately decorated Charterhouse of Pavia is magnificent too.
One of the most well known activities in Lombardy is taking a boat trip along the spectacular Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, which allows a peaceful way to explore the beautiful aristocratic luxury villas of Lombardy, historic gardens, and picturesque villages all with the snow-capped backdrop of the Alps.
The beautiful landscape of Lombardy creates some magnificent walking and hiking, taking you through lush valleys, flower strewn meadows, wooded hills and to Italy’s largest waterfall at Vagli. There are also a range of excellent golf courses in Lombardy which remain open to the public.
The climate in Lombardy varies with altitude. Average temperatures for the region in summer hover around 28°C during the days. Winter temperatures vary enormously in Lombardy. It is cold in winter due to the altitude, and skiing in winter is a very popular activity, with temperatures dipping to around the 0°C mark.
A Lombardy holiday rental, or any accommodation in Lombardy is easily accessed. There are plenty of Airports in Lombardy, mainly centred around Milan. Linate (LIN), Malpensa (MXP) and Bergamo Airports (SWK) receive a large number of regular flights from over 24 British Airports, so finding the cheap flight to Lombardy which suits you should not be difficult.