Travel in Lombardy

Milan Duomo rooftop – Photo © James Lawson

Lombardia is the richest, most highly developed and most densely populated region of Italy.

And it is precisely for this reason that it is one of most surprising and unexpected for the tourist who arrives there knowing little of its historic, architectural, artistic and natural heritage.

Let us take  Milan, the great city of industry and commerce. Here everything that is modern and advanced finds its home: from technological innovation to fashion, from advertising to design, from ways of life to political “experiments”.

Milan sets the trend. Yet, beneath its thick aspect of a dynamic and modern metropolis projected towards the future, Milan conceals extraordinary architectural and artistic treasures.

Milan Duomo at night – Photo © Flor3

There is only the embarrassment of choice: the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, the La Scala theatre and the Brera picture gallery. And in the rest of Lombardy there are many splendid natural landscapes such as the lakes, or the Stelvio national park, and monuments and works of art of considerable value. At Monza, Varese, Como, Bergamo, Brescia, Lodi, Cremona, and Pavia, every era has made its cultural and artistic mark: in the urban structures, in the churches, in the civic buildings.

From the Romanesque to the Gothic, from the Renaissance to the Baroque, up to the most daring and innovative architectural and artistic solutions of the modern and contemporary eras Lombardy boasts an impressive cultural and artistic heritage. And many people have yet to discover all this.

Como Lake

One day trips from Milan without a car:
You don’t need a car to escape from the business, the traffic, the congestion, and the afa (humid hot weather) in summertime or the fog in wintertime of the city of Milan to a wonderful world of lakes, mountains, castles and good food: just take the train and, sometimes, the boat as recommended in the following itineraries.

Milan on foot
Milan – Chiaravalle Abbey
Bergamo Alta
Bologna with the high speed train
Isola Comacina on Lake Como
Lecco and Bellagio by boat
Como and Bellagio by boat
Isole Borromee on Lake Maggiore
Arona, Angera on Lake Maggiore
Arona, Rocca di Angera on Lake Maggiore
Villa Taranto on Lake Maggiore
Mottarone on Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore, Arona to Stresa by boat
Stresa – Locarno, a day boat trip
The Garda Lake – a day boat trip
Pavia, the city
Pavia, the Certosa
Portofino in winter

One day trips from Milan with a car:
In less than a couple of hours drive from the city of Milan you can reach by car a wonderful world of lakes, mountains, castles and good food, via the “autostrada” (highway) the Valle d’Aosta waits for you with the following itineraries, that can be done in one day from Milan.

  The lower valley and its Castles
  Sarre – Cogne Gran Paradiso Park
  Gran Paradiso Area
  St-Pierre Morgex/S.Carlo Pass La Thuille
  Pre-Saint-Didier – Courmayeur
  Aosta, Pila, Valpeline, Gr. St. Bernard
  Saint-Vincent, Chatillon, Breuil-Cervinia
  Verres – Ayas Valley – Joux Pass
  Pont-St-Martin, Donnas, Gressoney

William Dellorusso
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)

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