Known for its economic wealth, Lombardy’s capital, Milan, has the highest GDP per capita in Europe. Lombardy also has much to offer from a geographical point of view.
Milan and Beyond
Lombardy measures 24,000 square kilometers (9,500 square miles), making it one of the largest regions in Italy. It also boasts a wide range of climates and soils.
From North to South, decidedly mountainous areas, such as Valtellina in the Alps, give way to hilly ones, including Oltrepò Pavese, on the other side of the Po River; Lake Garda has an especially mild microclimate. These are the areas dedicated to winegrowing.
The most famous, highest quality classifications are: Franciacorta, Oltrepò Pavese, Moscato di Scanzo, Sforzato di Valtellina, and Valtellina Superiore.
In the ranking of the most beautiful roads in Europe, at least two are in Lombardy. The most famous connects Valtellina to Alto Adige, famous for its hairpin turns on the Stelvio Pass, which has a maximum elevation of 2,758 meters (9,049 feet). The Strada Regina runs beside a long section of Lake Como, closely following the shore, passing by characteristic villages. Italy is filled with a bounty of places to visit far off the beaten path from the most famous tourist spots.