Lombardy On a Budget
SightsA national landmark that simply cannot be missed is none other than the Milan Cathedral, or the Duomo di Milano. Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo began the construction of the Milan Cathedral in 1386, tailoring its rayonnant late Gothic style to be more reminiscent to the cathedrals of France rather than Italy. The construction continued for generations, allowing for an exceptionally large and elaborate cathedral to take fruition and simply amaze the world. The cathedral was mostly finished in in the 1880s; however, it still undergoes major renovations to this day. The Milan Cathedral is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world, about 157 meters in length and fitting 40,000 people comfortably within. The Milan Cathedral also consists of a museum, terraces, multiple churches, and a baptistery. Due to the many sights and services provided by the Milan Cathedral, hours and prices for admission vary widely, so it is best to consult the Milan Cathedral's website. Moreover, be sure to also familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the cathedral out of respect for this sacred spectacle. Admire the art and architecture of Lombardy at the Milan Cathedral!
ActivitiesNearly a shadow amidst the towering Rhaetian Alps, Lake Como, or Lago di Como, is one of the most breathtaking lakes found throughout Europe. Once a refuge for Lombard kings from invaders on Isola Comacina, Lake Como now harbors a cluster of towns where visitors can delight in exquisite malls and tasty eateries. Measuring about 120 kilometers, Lake Como acquires a distinct shape, forming an upside-down letter Y. Whether you seek to climb the mountains starting from Menaggio for a brisk jog or engage in a lively expedition of water skiing, there is plenty to do in the region of Lake Como. Plenty of off the beaten path destinations in Italy can be found in this region. Boat trips are highly recommended as you get to explore the expanse of the lake as well as a stop at some of the most popular tourist towns like Bellagio, Menaggio, and Varenna. The views of Lake Como are simply amazing and is well worth a trip.
Food and DiningRefined, elegant, sophisticated-restaurant Da Vittorio acquires a unique flair in dining that cannot be duplicated. Established in 1966 by Vittorio Cerea and his wife Bruna, the restaurant is located just below the start of the Bergamo Alps and the Italian lakes in the city of Bergamo. Da Vittorio became well known due to its riskily creative fish dishes during a time where meat was the predominant staple of Italian cuisine. Just as the Cerea family grew, the popularity of Da Vittorio grew as well. Presently, the restaurant offers a special menu in the tradition of Vittorio' to celebrate its renowned seafood dishes. Besides its restaurant, Da Vittorio also offers catering, banquet halls, and cooking demonstrations for the public. Some of Da Vittorio's meals include raw "damare" fish and shellfish, crab bisque, spit-roasted lobster and oyster nage, "hourglass" white sea bass, and grilled fantasy of prawns.
TransportationThe best prices for buses and trains in Italy can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.
If you are looking to explore the expanse of the Lombardy region, most seasoned travelers suggest renting a car. This will allow you the convenience to travel at your own pace and to your own destinations.
However, if you are looking to remain within the borders of major metropolitan areas of Lombardy like Milan, public transportation is the best way to go. Milan as well as other cities are known for its excellent, on-time public transportation service. However, if you are looking to enjoy the view of Lombardy, many take the tram instead as views of the landscape are often missed when taking the subway. However, be weary that the tram often runs behind schedule and continually gets caught in traffic.
Via Italy's very efficient rail network, major cities in Lombardy, including Milan, connect to Rome, Venice, Florence, and other major cities throughout Italy.
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