Lombardy Photographs, Museums, Lake Como, Transportation

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If you are flying to Italy from another continent, chances are you'll be spending at least a couple of hours in Lombardy, for it is here you'll find Malpensa Airport, located right at the foot of the spectacular Italian Alps. We have a few quick tips that will make it much easier for you to use Malpensa, by the way, so be sure to take a moment to print them out for your trip.

Just half an hour from the metropolis, and easily reached by bus from the airport, is glorious Lake Como. If you spend a few days here, you can take leisurely boat trips to the many aristocratic villas and gardens, and to the charming villages of Bellagio, Varenna, and Tremezzo, always with the snow-capped Alps above, even when the shores are ablaze with tropical flowers. A bit farther east is another lake, Iseo, which is much smaller than Como but just as spectacular, with a darling village occupying its tiny island. This is the home of Franciacorta, some of Italy's most illustrious wines. We'll tell you about one of Italy's most acclaimed chefs, whose own estate is located right here.

Most people don't know it, but Lombardy has still more to offer. In Bergamo, you'll find what many believe to be the most picturesque piazza in the whole country. Mantova's Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss. A few miles down the Mighty Po River is Cremona, home of the world's best violins. West of Milan, on the way to Piedmont, you'll drive through miles and miles of brilliant green rice fields (risotto alla milanese has to come from somewhere, right?). All of a sudden you will realize you are not in Cambodia, when you see the rococo façade of the Charterhouse of Pavia, a monastery whose wildly extravagant decorations are a national masterpiece.

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[Regions of Italy]