Travel and Culture in Lombardy
If you are interested in attending an Italian language and/or Italian culture course in Lombardy, we are pleased to help you in your decision, by giving you some useful information:
WHERE IS LOMBARDY ?
Lombardy is situated in the northern-western area of North Italy and borders with Switzerland to the North, with Piedmont to the West, with Emilia Romagna and Veneto to the South and with Trentino-Alto Adige to the East.
WHAT IS THE TERRITORY LIKE?
Lombardy covers a surface which is 23.859 square Km wide and it is the most populated region in Italy, with 9.122.000 inhabitants. The regional capital is Milan, the second most populated town in Italy, while the other chief towns are: Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantova, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese. The flat territory in the region is 47%, while the mountainous one is 40%. In the southern part of the region the river Po flows with its other important affluents: the Adda, the Ticino, the Oglio and the Mincio. The most important peaks of this territory are those belonging to the Gruppo del Bernina, that reach almost 4000 mt height. In the foothills of the Alps there are also several lakes, among which the biggest ones are Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como, Lake Iseo, Lake Idro and Lake Garda.
HOW CAN YOU REACH LOMBARDY?
If you arrive by plane, the useful airports for you are both in
Milan: the Malpensa and the Linate Forlanini airports, both with
daily national and international flights.
Otherwise, if you travel by train, the most important railway line inside the region is Milano-Lodi-Piacenza, that connects Milan to Bologna (Emilia Romagna), to Florence (Toscana), to Rome (Latium) as far as Naples (Campania).
Then if you travel by car, the Lombard road network is more than 12.000 Km long and it is divided into main roads, provincial roads and local roads. It allows wide connections all over the region and follows the direction of the railway line, reaching both the most important centres and the smallest urban areas in a minute way.
WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
Lombardy is economically the richest region, both from the agricultural
(fruit and cereals production) and the industrial point of view
(engineering, textile and food industries, too).