First and foremost, it is important to mention that this region is home to the largest number of UNESCO sites in the country. Cherished by the Italians, its capital Milan is a city of elegance characterised by an eclectic mix of Gothic cathedrals, luxury boutiques and iconic landmarks. These include the incredible La Scala opera house, the elegant and spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the 15th century Sforzesco castle, which houses a series of museums and collections, including Leonardo da Vinci's incredible masterpiece, The Last Supper. Nature has also indulged this region of high mountains and incredible lakes, including the famous Lake Como. Here, gastronomy reigns, Lombardy’s recipes and wines are renowned throughout the world!
The Lombards were one of the Germanic barbarian people who crossed the Alps during the fall of Rome, ousted the Romans, and settled down in the region. As a border region, Lombardy overtime was conquered and ruled by feudal dynasties, the Spanish, the Austrians, and the French, however always remaining a significant commercial crossroads and intersection of cultures. Emperors from Charlemagne to Napoleon came here to be crowned. Historical events and geopolitics resulted in Lombardy always being strongly connected to northern Europe, affecting the organization of its municipalities, fostering its innovative continental spirit and marking its structure today and the culture and behavior of its inhabitants.