12 things to see in Lombardy, Italy

12 things to see in Lombardy, Italy

The basilica was built in 1137 in gratitude for saving the city from a plague epidemic: the plague raged in all neighboring regions, but Bergamo was bypassed. The building was erected on the foundations of an old small church from the 8th century, which, according to tradition, was built on the site of a pagan temple.

Amvrosian Gallery

The Amvrosian Picture Gallery is considered to be the very first Milan museum, because it was founded at the beginning of the 17th century in the luxurious Archbishop’s palace. The ancient halls contain paintings of great meters such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci.

Brera Gallery

The Brera Picture Gallery has such a number of paintings by prominent masters, as there is no other gallery in Europe. Napoleon at the dawn of the XIX century established this gallery, expropriating all the most valuable paintings from the monasteries.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world, which locals call simply “the living room of Milan”. Located in the heart of the city, this shopping arcade connects two beautiful squares.


The purest mountain air, sandy beaches, crystalline water and warm, but not hot summer weather promises Lake Garda to its tourists. The most famous is the resort town of Sirmione: there will be good for families with children and fans of relaxing, healthy and sporting holidays.

The City Tower of Bergamo

The city tower in Bergamo is called in the city simply “Bell”, and this is due to the fact that during its existence the tower has been what ever, including a bell ringing (and, by the way, it remains so until now).


Probably hard to meet a person who has a magnificent Gothic building cathedral of Milan would have left indifferent. Cathedral of Our Lady of Nascente – the largest in the world, it can accommodate up to forty thousand people at a time, in addition, it has no equal in the beauty of the external and internal decoration.

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San Vigilio Castle in Bergamo

The first fort on this site was built by the Romans, and it happened in the 6th century A.D. Several subsequent conquerors maintained it, but the first serious increase was made only in the 9th century, Bergamo was then part of the Principality of Lombardy.

Sforza Castle

Milan was not without castles. The most popular of them is Sforza Castle, built in the mid-15th century. Especially interesting it will be for tourists from Russia. What is so remarkable castle?

Como – the abode of snobs and fashionistas, as to have a villa or a mansion on the lake is considered very prestigious. In antiquity Virgil and Pliny the Younger had villas on the shores of Como, and nowadays George Clooney, Vladimir Solovyov and other celebrities.

La Scala

The most famous opera house in the world is in Italy, and its name is La Scala. For three centuries it has been a meeting place for Milan’s aristocracy, and all true connoisseurs of opera and just lovers of beauty dream of visiting it.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and informative of Milan’s museums. It is located in the building of an ancient monastery and has a huge number of exhibition pavilions and outdoor exhibits.

Piazza Duomo in Milan

Even in an Italy brimming with architectural masterpieces, Milan’s Piazza Duomo serves as a model of perfect harmony. Surprisingly, it takes more than six centuries to form this ensemble, not just a year or two, if you count from the time the majestic cathedral was laid in 1386.

San Siro Stadium

“La Scala”, the Duomo Cathedral, “San Siro” – the soccer stadium stands among the main attractions of Milan. Locals call it “the voice of the city”. Probably because here you can unceremoniously sing and shout every week, tear your throats out for your favorite Inter or Milan.

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Fort Bergamo

Rocca di Bergamo (i.e. Rocca di Bergamo, Fort Bergamo) was historically created as the city’s main defense fort, so it’s a big, serious building, with high towers, thick walls, etc. After the construction of the Venetian walls it ceased to be Bergamo’s main and last defensive frontier.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada is an entire artistic quarter opened on the grounds of a former distillery in the south of Milan. It’s arguably the epicenter of contemporary art in Lombardy’s culturally saturated capital city.

San Lorenzo Maggiore Basilica

The second-largest church in Milan, the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore, was built at the turn of the 4th and 5th centuries; history has not preserved the names of the architect and client, and the church was consecrated in the name of St. Lawrence only in 590.

Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore

The Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore, one of the oldest churches in Milan, was founded by Bishop Martinian, the future saint of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the building, erected in 417, burned to the ground 600 years later and was rebuilt in the Romanesque style.

St. Ambrose Basilica

The date of the Basilica of St. Ambrose is lost in the 4th century AD, a time of uncompromising struggle between the Nicene and Arian confessions of Christianity. Its founder was one of the four church fathers, Ambrose of Mediolano, equally revered by Catholics and Orthodox.

Branca Tower

“The Eiffel Tower of Milan”, the Torre Branca was built in 1933 for the opening of the jubilee exhibition in the Palazzo del Arte, also known as the Triennale Museum, located in the Sempione Park. It is a pyramidal structure with an internal hexagonal section designed by the engineer Cesare Chiodi.

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