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It is perhaps best known for the fashion mecca that is Milan, which is also a financial, industrial and commercial powerhouse. But Lombardy is full of delights further afield such as its historic cities and lakes, where Lake Garda property has become extremely popular.
Despite being left in ruins by World War II bombs, Milans present-day prosperity has seen Lombardy rise to become Italys wealthiest region. As well as having some of Europes best shops and boutiques, it also houses a wealth of artistic and historic and treasures.
Its Duomo, which took nearly 500 years to build, is the worlds biggest Gothic cathedral and Europes third largest church. The city is also home to the world-famous La Scala opera house, dating from 1778. And the Santa Maria della Grazie houses Leonardo da Vincis masterpiece fresco, the Last Supper.
No surprise, therefore, that Milan is frequently a key choice for people looking to buy homes for sale in Italy. But despite Milans undoubted attractions, there is so much more to see elsewhere in this picturesque part of Italy. If you come here to look at or buy Lake Garda property or other Lombardy property, be sure to drop in at one of its many must-see Renaissance cities.
The university city of Pavia sits on the River Ticino and boasts splendid examples of medieval and Romanesque homes and other buildings as well as the Certosa di Pavia monastery. Brescia is Lombardys second city, with Renaissance squares, Roman ruins, a monastery and a castle.
Bergamo boasts a medieval walled old town, with its houses sitting on a hillside overlooking the modern city. Mantua is a majestic historic city hemmed in on three sides by lakes. And Cremona is home to the famous Stradivarius violins.
However, when considering investing in Lombardy property, do not limit yourself just to its towns and cities. Make sure you also see its beautifully serene countryside, with some of Europes most picturesque lakes. Lakes Como and Iseo lie wholly within Lombardys borders, while to the west it shares Lake Maggiore with Piedmont and Switzerland; and to the east Lake Garda with Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige.
Garda is Italys largest lake. If you are here to look at Lake Garda property, dont miss scenic towns such as Manerba and Sirmione. If youre here with kids, they will want to head to Gardaland in Castelnuovo del Garda on the eastern shore Europes third largest amusement park.
For a more relaxing time away from the crowds, try the smaller Lake Iseo, which has a nature reserve and Europes largest lake island. For something a little racier, Monza, just outside Milan, is the home of the Italian Formula One track. The capital, of course, is home to two of the worlds most famous soccer clubs, Inter and AC Milan.
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