The Lombardy region of northern Italy reaches high into the mountains in its northern regions. Although best known for the impressive scenery of the Lombardy Lakes, the region also has a good number of fascinating historical towns and villages to explore.
The town of Chiavenna is at the far north of the region (north of Lakes Como and Maggiore), while the stunning scenery of the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio is to the north-east of Lombardy in the high Alps. Lake Iseo and Val Camonica are two further scenic highlights of the Lombardy region.
After taking in the many pleasures of Milan you should also visit the duomo at Monza and, a little to the south of the city, the historical highlights of Pavia - especially the monastery at Cartusia di Pavia.
Bergamo is also a pretty town, visited most for the old town (Citta Alta).
West of Pavia explore the Lomellina region - a region of paddy fields around Vigevano, Lomella and Mortera (see Vigevano for tourist information).
The medieval town of Lodi to the south-east of Milan is also very attractive, as is Crema to the east of Lodi, where many important art works can be seen, while Voghera (south of Pavia) also merits a visit.
The south-east of the Lombardy region contains the interesting city of Brescia, and a little further afield the towns of Cremona, Sabbioneta and Mantova each have their own charm and interest for the visitor.
The following Italian towns and villages in Lombardy are listed among the 'most beautiful villages in Italy': Bienno / Castellaro Lagusello / Cornello dei Tasso / Fortunago / Gradella / Gromo / Lovere / Mazzo di Valtellina / Monte Isola / Oramala / Porana / San Benedetto Po / Soncino / Tremezzo / Tremosine / Zavattarello
The following Italian towns and villages in Lombardy are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award):
Bienno / Castellaro Lagusello / Chiavenna / Clusone / Gromo / Menaggio / Sabbioneta / Tignale / Torno