Homes for sale in Lombardia
Lombardy in northern Italy is one of the most prosperous regions in the country. Around 10 million people live in the region between the Alps and the Po Valley, which is home to spectacular natural landscapes, lively cities and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, picturesque lakes are located in Lombardy. If you are looking for a property in Italy as a residence, investment or holiday property, you will make an excellent choice with one of the Upper Italian lakes as a location.
Rich cultural heritage
Lombardy is richly blessed with cultural treasures. The Renaissance city of Mantua has been inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. Magnificent noble palaces from the 15th and 16th centuries line the streets and alleys in the old town. The University of Padua is one of the oldest educational institutions of its kind in Europe. Students from all over the world enrol there every year for a semester abroad. The city's landmark is the 13th-century basilica.
Music lovers will get their money's worth in the violin-making town of Cremona, where more than 700 of the hardly affordable unique instruments can be admired in the Stradivari Museum. The city of Bergamo welcomes you with a completely preserved medieval centre. The Città Alta (Upper Town) with its winding alleys, small squares, stairways and passages is located on a hill almost 400 m high.
Milan: fashion metropolis and creative city
Milan is the capital of Lombardy. It is the creative city in the north of Italy. The heart of the fashion city beats at the Piazza del Duomo. The majestic Milan Cathedral rises there. Directly opposite, the covered Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery invites you on a shopping tour. The hallmarks of the mall are the huge triumphal arch at the entrance portal and the striking glass dome.
Just a stone's throw from the cathedral is the Quadrilatero della Moda (Quadrilateral of Fashion), where world-famous fashion brands such as Valentino, Hermès, Prada and Gucci have their own designer boutiques. One of the world's most famous opera houses, La Scala, is located on the Piazza della Scala.
Magical impressions: The three Upper Italian Lakes
When the glaciers of the last Ice Age retreated to high alpine peaks, they left behind a magical legacy: the Upper Italian Lakes. Lombardy borders on no less than three of these fascinating landscape pearls. The largest is Lake Garda with its scaliger castles, wineries, thermal baths and picturesque little towns. It is the surfing stronghold par excellence in northern Italy. In the northern part, downdrafts from the Alps provide excellent conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Lake Como welcomes its visitors with a film-like backdrop. Seen from a bird's eye view, the arms of the glacial lake form an oversized "Y". With its magnificent villas on the shore, the Mediterranean vegetation and the Alpine peaks as a backdrop, Lake Como has inspired painters, writers and filmmakers. Various scenes from Hollywood blockbusters such as "Star Wars Episode II", "Casino Royale" and "Ocean's 12" were filmed on Lake Como.
Nestled between the high mountain ranges of the Southern Alps lies Lake Maggiore. Lombardy in Italy and the Swiss canton of Ticino border this emerald green jewel. In spring, the nearby Alpine peaks are still covered in snow, while lemons, almond trees and oleanders are already in bloom along the lakeshore. The Borromean Islands lie in the middle of Lake Maggiore. Some of the islets are home to magnificent 17th and 18th century palazzi surrounded by manicured gardens.