The Gallic or Celtic tribes of the Po Valley were the first inhabitants of today's Lombardia to have left a long lasting mark in such places as Bergamo, Como and Milan or Mediolanum.
Once you get the hang of cooking the rice to perfection, there is world of risottos out there, or is that 'risotti'. It's not too difficult to look like a genius. We'll bring you the recipe for radicchio and gorgonzola soon.
The Museo del Bijou di Casalmaggiore is a very fine jewellery museum located in the province of Cremona in Lombardia. The museum was founded in 1986 and celebrates an industry which grew up in Casalmaggiore from the end of the 19th century until its demise in the 1970's.
To paraphrase John Lennon, all we can say is give tripe a chance. Cooked well it is a delicacy. Cooked badly.. well. We're not to sure if delicious Italian tripe recipe from Lombardia will be picked up by the search engines, but we'll find out.
Along with parmigiano reggiano and grana padano, Gorgonzola is the most famous of Italian cheeses. It is a soft cheese or 'pasta cruda' made from full cream cow's milk. The characteristic blue streaks in the cheese are mold which forms during the maturing period.
Pizzoccheri is a pasta which goes extremely well with butter and is ideal for those cold winter days in the lost valleys of the Valtellina. So lost, that even Garibaldi had second thoughts about heading into them.
Lombardia is a region of enormous historical and cultural interest, a land full of antique traditions, legends, mystery and folklore. The following itinerary has been proposed by the Associazione Culturale Itinerari based in Sesto Calende to put the visitor on the trail of witches, fairies and ghosts.
Lombardia by Horse or 'Lombardia a Cavallo' is a neat little guide to enjoying a vacation in the region on horseback.
The guide is promoted by both the Italian Equestrian Sport Federation with the Lombardy Horse Centers and reminds us of the importance of these animals from the time of the Dukes of Mantua in the zone.
Livigno is situated in a vast valley. It s 18 kms long and hits an altitude of 1800m framed by a chain of mountains which still higher at 3000m.
The valley forms a connection between the Stelvio and Engadina National Parks, the largest in Europe apparently.
The Sgambeda di Livigno is a lung bursting 42 kilometre cross country ski race which traditionally opens the new season.
It was once an event reserved for amateurs and, indeed, it was commonly known as a 'marce popolari'. Today it is called 'granfondo', is included in the FIS Marathon Cup and the winners take home a cool 21,000 euros. That's 500 euros every kilometre by our rough maths.