Milan Cathedral

2 October 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Milan Cathedral from Piazza del Duomo © Øyvind Holmstad/cc-by-sa-4.0

Milan Cathedral from Piazza del Duomo © Øyvind Holmstad/cc-by-sa-4.0

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City), the third largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.   read more…

The Lake Garda

17 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Old town of Malcesine with the Scaliger Castle and the northern part of Lake Garda © Ezeew

Old town of Malcesine with the Scaliger Castle and the northern part of Lake Garda © Ezeew

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the southeast), Brescia (southwest), and Trentino (north). Being easily accessible from the north via the Brenner Pass, the lake is a major tourist destination, including a number of exclusive hotels and resorts along its shore.   read more…

The Lake Como

7 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Villa d'Este © GhePeU

Villa d’Este © GhePeU

Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (656 ft) below sea-level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Carlotta). Lake Como is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.   read more…

Chiavenna in der Lombardy

8 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Chiavenna © Rodolph de Salis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chiavenna © Rodolph de Salis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chiavenna is a city (municipality) in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Milan and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Sondrio. It has a population of 7,300.   read more…

Theme Week Lombardy – Desenzano del Garda

29 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Old port of Desenzano © RicciSpeziari/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old port of Desenzano © RicciSpeziari/cc-by-sa-3.0

Desenzano del Garda is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. It borders the communes of Castiglione delle Stiviere, Lonato, Padenghe sul Garda and Sirmione. Sometime in the first century, the area around lake Garda, including what is now Desenzano del Garda, became a favourite vacation spot for the Veronese élite, Verona being one of the largest Roman cities in northeastern Italy.   read more…

Theme Week Lombardy – Mantua

28 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

© EdoM/cc-by-sa-3.0

© EdoM/cc-by-sa-3.0

Mantua is a city and comune with 49,000 inhabitants, and capital of the province of the same name. In 2007, Mantua’s centro storico (old town) and Sabbioneta were declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. Mantua’s historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family has made it one of the main artistic, cultural, and especially musical hubs of Northern Italy and the country as a whole. Mantua is noted for its significant role in the history of opera; the city is also known for its architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces, and the medieval and Renaissance cityscape. It is the place where the composer Monteverdi premiered his opera L’Orfeo and where Romeo was banished in Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet. It is the nearest town to the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil, who was commemorated by a statue at the lakeside park “Piazza Virgilio”.   read more…

Theme Week Lombardy – Cremona

27 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cremona Duomo and Baptistery © Einer flog zu Weit/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cremona Duomo and Baptistery © Einer flog zu Weit/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cremona is situated on the left bank of the Po River in the middle of the Pianura Padana (Po valley). It is the capital of the province of Cremona and the seat of the local city and province governments. The city of Cremona is especially noted for its musical history and traditions, including some of the earliest and most renowned luthiers, such as Guarneri and Stradivari and several members of the Amati family.   read more…

Theme Week Lombardy – Brescia

26 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Brescia Panorama © Luca Giarelli/cc-by-sa-3.0

Brescia Panorama © Luca Giarelli/cc-by-sa-3.0

Brescia is situated at the foot of the Alps, between the Mella River and the Naviglio, a few kilometres from the lakes Garda and Iseo. With a population of around 194,000, it is the second largest city in the region and the fourth of northwest Italy. The urban area of Brescia extends beyond the administrative city limits and has a population of 673,000, while over 1.5 million people live in its metropolitan area. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Lombardy – Varese

25 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Palazzo Estense and gardens - Town Hall © Docfra/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palazzo Estense and gardens – Town Hall © Docfra/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vares is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Milan. It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto. The city also looks over Lake Varese.   read more…

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