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Lombardy and the lakes

Lombardy is one of the twenty regions of Italy and the most populous and richest region in Italy and one of the richest regions in Europe, the population is 9.852.170 inhabitants. Lombardy capital is Milan; it is a famous worldwide city and the capital of the fashion in the world. Lombardi is made up of twelve provinces Brescia, Mantua, Pavia, Como, Cremona, Bergamo, Sondrio, Lecco, Lodi, Varese, Monza and Brianza. Although Italian is the official language in Lombardy there are different dialects such as Western Lombard, Eastern Lombard and Emilian that is spoken in some parts of this region. Lombardy is bounded by Switzerland on the north, Piamonte on the west, Emilia-Rogmana on the south, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Veneto on the east.

Lombardy is located in an ancient region, the artistic remains such as ceramics and paintings show that it was inhabited since 2nd millennium BC. Many years later Lombardy was conquered by the Romans and in 194 BC Lombardy was called Gallia Cisalpina, this is why Lombardy was a rich Roman Province in 570 AC; this region was conquered by the Lombard legions led by Longobardi who gave the current name of the region.

Although Lombardy is an industrialized region and the main region in Italy, it has other touristic attractions such as Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie,Basilica of San Lorenzo, Cathedral of Milan, Castello Sforzesco, Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, Portinari Chapel, Brera Gallery, Certosa di Pavia, Petroglyphs of Valcamonica, The Last Supper, Teatro alla Scala.

Lombardy cuisine is one of the most representative cuisines in Italy; some of traditional dishes are: Polenta, Pizzoccheri, Quartirolo lombardo ,Risotto (alla Milanese) , Osso buco Cotoletta, Cassoeula, Gorgonzola cheese, Bitto cheese, Grana Padano cheese, etc; but the Lombardy wine also is one of the best in Europe, there are delicious wines such as Nebbiolo red, Bellavista, Santi, Nino Negri, Bonarda Lombardy made in the Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese areas.

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