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Lombardy Local History

Lombardy was called Longobardia and eventually Lombardia, when the Longobardis founded it in the 6th century. Lombardy has had many conquerors over the years, from barbarians to Napoleon and even Mussolini came to his end here, when he and his mistress were strung up in a Milan square where residents vented their rage at the two dead bodies.

When Marco Polo first returned from China with silkworms, Como has been making silk and been a major supplier for the fashion designers of Milan. Several big name designers such as Giorgio Armani have come to Como to discuss the various patterns that they would like with the local silk manufacturers.

In the 1700's the Habsburgs who left a legacy of neoclassical buildings in the inner core of Milan dominated Milan, with an abiding appreciation for music. This city is a commercial powerhouse with its 400 banks and several major industrial companies. Milan is the centre of publishing, silk production, TV and advertising as well as automobile assembly plants, rubber and textile factories. Milan is home to the Italian stock exchange as well as some of the most important corporations in Italy have their headquarters here.

Lombardy Attractions

Lombardy Shopping

Open-air Market Located along Viale Dante, Via Prati and Via Pilati, Lake Garda, Lombardy. This market is open of the second and the fourth Wednesdays of every month and you can buy virtually anything you can think of. It is on of the best markets on Lake Garda and a must see when visiting the area.

G. Lorenzi Located at Via Montenapoleone 9, Milan, Lombardy. G. Lorenzi is the best store to look for small gifts and lots of unique stuff, which you have never seen before, let alone imagined what you could do with it. There are many one of a kind item for sale and it's the best place to get that gift for someone special.

Gucci Located at Via Montenapoleone 5, Milan, Lombardy. Gucci is the headquarters for the most famous leather goods distributor in all of Italy, let alone the world. Gucci sells shoes, luggage, wallets, handbags and all different types of leather accessories.

Lombardy Activities

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science & Technology (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci) Located at Via San Vittore 21, Milan, Lombardy. This museum is fascinating, especially once you realize how ahead of the times Leonardo da Vinci actually was.

There are copies and models on display, such as a reconstructed convent pharmacy, a monastic cell a sewing machine, as well as exhibits relating to astronomy, telecommunications, motion pictures and physics.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm and admission to the museum is $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and children.

Lombardy Parks & Gardens

The Gardens of the Villa Serbelloni Located at the Piazza della Chiesa, Bellagio, Lombardy. The gardens are spectacular, unfortunately the villa isn't open to the public, but there are 1 ½ hour guided tours around the grounds which start at 11am and end at 4pm from mid April to mid October Tuesday to Sunday. There is a cost of $8, which is donated to local charities.

The Botanical Gardens (Giardini Botanici) Located at Villa Taranto, Via Vittorio Veneto 111, Verbania-Pallanza, Lake Maggiore, Lombardy. The Botanical Gardens is spread over more than 50 acres and has more than 20 000 species of plants from all over the world. The gardens has a very dramatic setting between the mountains and the lake and the plants are set between ornamental fountains, statues and reflection pools and waterfalls. The gardens are open from the 28th of March to the 31st of October from 8:30am to 6:30 daily. Admission to the gardens is $9 for adults and $6.50 for children.

Borromeo Palazzo Located on the Isola Bella, Lombardy. There are conducted tours through this airy palace. The palace features six-grotto rooms, good tapestries and outside is a beautiful garden with white peacocks that enchant year after year. The Borromeo Palazzo is open from the 29th of March to the 26th of October each year from 9am to noon and again from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Admission is $10.50 for adults and $5 for children.

Lombardy Beaches

La Punta Located in Bellagio, just a 10-minute walk north of the city centre. La Punta is a beach, which is open to the public. There are also tennis courts that you can rent for a game.

Lido Villa Olmo Located at Cantoni, Lake Como, Lombardy. The best swimming can be found at Lido Villa Olmo. A pool adjoins the sand beach, which is perfect for sunbathing. Admission to Lido Villa Olmo is $8 and it is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Lombardy Restaurants and Bars

Lombardy Restaurants

Ristorante da Vittorio Located at Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII 21, Bergamo, Lombardy. This restaurant is family owned and holds it s own with some of the finest places in Milan. There are dozens on delicious dishes on the menu to choose from and just about every kind of fish that swims in the Italian waters. All dishes are served with fresh seasonal vegetables. Ristorante da Vittorio is open from Thursday to Tuesday from noon to 3pm and again from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Al Veluu Located at Via Rogaro 11, Lake Como, Lombardy. Al Veluu has plenty of charm as well as personal attention from the owner and his son who are on hand to offer their advice on what is best to choose from, from their delicious menu. The terrace tables offer a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding countryside, and the dining room has a fireplace and big windows as a welcome refuge if the weather is fowl. The cuisine is impeccable, with most of the dishes being homemade, even the butter. Al Veluu is open from Wednesday to Monday from noon to 2pm and again from 7:30pm to 10pm. The restaurant is closed from November to March.

Al Porto Located at Piazzale Generale Cantore, Milan, Lombardy. Al Porto is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Milan and has been around since 1907. The cuisine is out of this world and everything just tastes that much better when you are enjoying a Friuli wine. Al Porto is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and Monday to Saturday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The restaurant is closed from the 24th of December to the 3rd of January and the whole month of August.

Lombardy Bars & Clubs

Papageno Pub Located at Via Colleoni 1B, Bergamo, Lombardy. Papageno Pub is one of the most popular joints in Bergamo and has some of the best sandwiches and bruschetta in town. There is plenty to keep you busy and the place is flowing with beer.

Oblo Located at Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II 144, Mantua, Lombardy. This pub has one of the best selections to choose from and also has reasonably priced wines to choose from. The Oblo is a great place to come and unwind after a long day of site seeing and is the perfect place to get to see some of the locals in action.

El Tumbun de San Marc Located at Via San Marco 20, Milan, Lombardy. One of the patrons actually called the El Tumbun de San Marc their version of Cheers, and it is definitely the place to be if you love your beer and enjoy a friendly atmosphere and lots of fun. El Tumbun de San Marc is open from Monday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and again from 7:30pm to 1am.

Lombardy children's activities

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science & Technology (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci) Located at Via San Vittore 21, Milan, Lombardy. This museum is fascinating, especially once you realize how ahead of the times Leonardo da Vinci actually was.

There are copies and models on display, such as a reconstructed convent pharmacy, a monastic cell a sewing machine, as well as exhibits relating to astronomy, telecommunications, motion pictures and physics.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm and admission to the museum is $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and children.

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