Guide to Milan and Lombardia

Guide to Milan and Lombardia (78)

Our recommendations if you are planning a vacation or visit to Milan, Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and the rest of Lombardia.

  • Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

    The Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference center is the only hotel with direct access inside the Terminal 1 of Malpensa’s Airport and only 30 minutes away from the city center.

    The hotel opened the 1st of October 2010, and our brand new structure is the perfect choice for those traveli...

  • Il Canneto Restaurant, Milan Malpensa Airport

    Il Canneto is the in house restaurant of the new Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.

    It offers a tranquil and attractive environment for a gastronomic break between flights or a reference point for a convention or business meeting. Just like the rest of the hotel, style is up...

  • Milan and Last Supper Private Tours

    These two experiences of Milan are run by Walks of Italy and feature visits to the most important sights of the city, not least the Duomo and the Last Supper.


    A private tour lasting 3 hrs 30 min and departing every day, except Sun. and Mon.; between 9:45am and 11:30am or at 2:15p...

  • E20 Events and Weddings, north Italy

    E20 Events and Weddings was set up in 2010 in Mantua, north Italy, by Mariangela and Stefania following a career in Relationship Marketing.

    With a cosolidated network of contacts and resources, they combine creativity and professionalism for anyone seeking to experience the perfect event or sp...

  • The Westin Palace Hotel Milan, Meetings & Events

    The 5 star luxury Westin Palace Milan Hotel is one of the mosted quoted locations for corporate events, gala dinners, business meetings or private wedding receptions in Italy's fashion and financial capital.

    The hotel boasts 13 modular rooms which, in different formats, can accommodate up to 450...

  • Milan Meeting Rooms and Event Facilities

    The 4 star superior Sheraton Diana Majestic hotel, together with the dining facilities of the Restaurant heat>diana, h club>diana Bar and h club>diana garden lounge make a stylish choice for a meeting or event in Italy's fashion and business capital.

    There are four specific function rooms which we ...

  • Italy Five Lakes Tour

    The Italian glacial lakes are set among the magnificent mountains of Northern Italy, a landscape that takes your breath away.

    Giuseppe Verdi. Henri Stendhal, George Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth were all captivated by the deep blue waters, alpine peaks and flourishing flora.


  • Casanova Restaurant, Milan

    The Casanova Restaurant can be found inside The Westin Palace Hotel in Milan and has become one of the main reference points for the Milanese fashionable food crowd.

    The cuisine is mainly inspired by Mediterranean tradition, but Chef Augusto Tombolato and Maitre Corrado Giboni invite their ...

  • Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel, Milan

    With over 100 years of history, The Sheraton Diana Majestic is an iconic and historical hotel in Milan.

    Located in the heart of the Milanese shopping and finance district, the hotel has a remarkable history in the life of the upper class Milanese and travelers visiting the city.

    Furthermore, since...

  • The Westin Palace Hotel, Milan

    The 5 star L Westin Palace, Milan is an historical luxury hotel conveniently located in an up and coming and well connected area of the city.

    Traditionally known as one of the preferred hotels by high society for social events & private celebrations, the Westin Palace since years represents an eleg...


The Gallic or Celtic tribes of the Po Valley were the first inhabitants of today's Lombardia to have left a long lasting mark.

Many of the region's towns and cities can trace their origins and names to this pre-Roman period e.g. Bergamo, Como, Milan or Mediolanum.

Roman Transpadana eventually gave way to the Gothic invasions of the 5th century AD, before the Longobards made their capital at Pavia to give us Longobardia.

All roads point to Milan these days but each of the minor centres is fantastically rich in art, history and culture.

Vigevano has one of the most beautiful squares of the whole Renaissance period, while Cremona gave us Stradivari and his violins.

Motor racing fans should head to Brescia, starting point of the annual Mille Miglia classic car race, and Mantova, birthplace of Tazio Nuvolari.

The north of the region is all lake and mountains. Como, Lecco, Cenobbio and Bellagio are the main centers on Lake Como. Lake d'Iseo is east of Bergamo and Sirmione sits on the west bank of Lake Garda where the towns of Salò and Gardone Riviera are also situated.

Consult our latest or last modifiied Lombardia travel articles below, or access them from the links  right divided by recipes, food, wine, itineraries, tours and trip suggestions.

  • Lombardia Carnivals

    Published in Lombardia Itineraries
    Venice may have the best Carnival in Italy but those in Lombardia are a mixture of the weird and wonderful. For starters, try the version at Schignano in the province of Como. A similar event also takes place in the provnice of Sondrio. Carnival week features two types of protagonists, the 'Belli' and the 'Brutti'; the Beautiful and the Ugly. The 'Belli' are transformed by the women of the household into elegant, refined, simpering creatures. They typically wear a big floppy, flowery hat and are covered in jewellery. Their face is hidden by a wooden mask. By contrast the 'Brutti'…
    Last modified on 02 February 2013

Cremona Mustard

Published in Lombardia Food
The province of Cremona is characterized by the flood plain of the River Po and its borders with Emilia Romagna. Interestingly, it's not the famous salami from the zone which catches the eye, it's the mustard. Indeed, Cremona is Italy's mustard capital.
Last modified on 14 January 2013

Ossobucco Recipe

Published in Lombardia Recipes
ingredients 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cups chopped onion, 2 cups chopped carrots 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 4 veal shanks, 1/2 cup flour for dredging, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup dry white wine, 1 lb canned chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 tablespoons dried basil, or 2 tablespoons fresh, 2 cups beef broth, Salt and pepper.
Last modified on 19 December 2012

Best Risotto alla Milanese

Published in Lombardia Food
Who makes the best Risotto alla Milanese in Italy? Well now we know thanks to the initiative "GIALLO MILANO" which is a competition to find out. The event was developed to promote and save the gastronomic traditions of the city of Milan and the territory 'ambrosiana'. Over 50 restaurants in Milan and the province of Milano participate.
Last modified on 28 November 2012

Panettone for Christmas

Published in Lombardia Food
Panettone is the classic Christmas cake eaten across Italy during the festive period or holiday. Panettone is, in fact, a typical cake from Milan. Although there are several versions of its origins, this legend of how panettone was born is one cherished by the Milanese. The name, "Panettone" comes from "Pane di Toni," (or, bread of Tony), who was supposedly the kitchen boy who invented the dessert while working at the court of Duke Lodovico il Moro. A large Christmas eve banquet was being held by the Duke, during which the head-chef accidentally burnt the planned dessert. Somehow, Toni salvaged…
Last modified on 19 November 2012

Cremona Torrone Festival

Published in Lombardia Food
Cremona is famous for its mustard of course, but perhaps it should be more famous for its sweet Christmas nougat called torrone. The annual Festa del Torrone, or Torrone Festival, takes place in the third week of November and is the ideal pre-festive appointment before Christmas. The historical center of Cremona is full of stands celebrating the sticky sweet. Not just torrone from Cremona, but other versions from all over Italy. Most torrone is made from honey, vanilla, eggs, almonds and toasted hazelnuts and Cremona is Italy's capital. The event is full of processions, spectacles and many free hapenings, not…
Last modified on 05 October 2012

San Colombano Wine, Milan province

Published in Lombardia Food
The Colle di San Colombano are located due south of Lodi and the San Colombano d.o.c. wine is the only DOC wine produced in the province of Milano. The hills are surrounded, rather incongruously, on all sides by the lowlands of the River Po plain. Yet, the minerals absorbed from millennia of floods have left a terrain ideal for producing good wine.
Last modified on 05 September 2012