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Lombardy, among the most extensive and populated regions (over 10 million inhabitants), is the heart of Italian fashion and industrial economy. Composed of 12 provinces and over fifteen hundred municipalities, the pearl "Lombarda" is certainly the capital of Milan: the headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange and residence of the main Italian and international companies in the Bel Paese. However, there are numerous towns and cities of art that enrich the Lombardy region. Among these, the city of Bergamo, famous for its majestic Duomo dedicated to Sant'Alessandro; the town of Varese, a characteristic ancient polycentric village; the city of Como, birthplace of Alessandro Volta and the Sondrio municipality: where it is possible to taste the fragrant Valtellina wines. Beyond the provinces of Bergamo, Como, Milan, Varese, and Sondrio we also find that of Brescia, famous for its imposing medieval castle; Pavia, home of the historic and glorious University; the province of Monza and Brianza, a territory that embraces the typically Alpine art and nature. But also the provincial capital of Cremona, famous for its historic Romanesque cathedral and Lecco: the eternal city celebrated in the Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni ("That branch of Lake Como"), among the most evocative places appreciated by nature lovers and of wellness tourism. And finally the province of Lodi, which perfectly combines the ancient history, enclosed in the Duomo and in the historic building "Varesi", with the modern and futuristic Bipielle Center, a masterpiece of contemporary art designed by Renzo Piano in 2012: an eternal beauty that contains the "present and the past" of the Lombardy region.

How to reach Lombardy

By plane

Lombardy is served by four airports that provide national and international connections (also foreseen numerous intercontinental routes), offered by national and low-cost airlines. Possibility also of air routes intended exclusively for "business" customers. The main world carriers directly serve the city of Milan, an easy and recommended destination to reach the region. In fact the Milan-Linate international airport lies in the Lombard capital, which is just 10 km from the city center and the Milan-Malpensa airport, located at a distance of about 50 km from the center of Milan. The Bergamo airports ("Orio al Serio") and Brescia-Montichiari are also present in Lombardy. To find out the scheduled timetables and routes, refer to the websites of the companies that manage the airports.

On the train

To quickly reach the Lombardy region, the destination of Milan (Central Station) is recommended. Direct connections to the main regional and national locations (Trenitalia and Italo) and to the European ones are in fact planned from the station of the Lombard capital. Also foreseen connections through "high speed" served by Trenitalia (with Freccia Rossa and Argento) and the Italo Treno company. For long distance journeys it is advisable to book a comfortable cabin. Even the railway stations of the provincial capitals are well connected by fast regional trains to the main towns of the region. For prices, connections and timetables, see the official website of Trenitalia , Trenord and Italo Treno .

By bus

There are numerous road transport companies that connect the localities of Lombardy with the main towns of the Peninsula every day. Direct connections are in fact scheduled from Milan for the cities of Turin, Genoa, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. The cost of the ticket varies depending on the destination to be reached, on average you can spend € 35 each way from Milan to Rome and € 25 for the Milan-Venice connection. The main bus lines that provide the service are: ASF Autolinee ; APAM ; SAB Autoservizi and STIE .

By car

The Lombardy Region is crossed by numerous well-served road and motorway arteries, which make the journey by car a safe and comfortable solution for those traveling with lots of luggage or for small groups of people. In fact, in the Lombardo territory there is a dense and widespread network of roads and highways, which connect provincial capitals, inhabited centers and mountain resorts. The main motorways that cross Lombardy are the A1 ("Autostrada del Sole"), which connects the city of Milan with Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples; the A4 ("Serenissima"), which connects Milan, Bergamo and Brescia with the city of Turin; the A7 ("Milano Serravalle"), the axis that connects the Lombard capital and the city of Pavia with the city of Genoa; the A22 ("Autostrada del Brennero"), which connects Modena with the Brenner pass from Mantua. It is good to know that the city of Milan is served by an efficient system of ring roads connected directly to the main highways that cross the region.

Milan skyline

Milan skyline (Source: Daniel - CC BY 2.0)

How to move in Lombardy

For those wishing to reach the region it is good to consider that Lombardy is a very extensive region that alternates flat and hilly stretches with steep slopes (typically "alpine"), like the road section included in the Valtellina territory. For these reasons, transfers between capitals and cities can take longer than the average estimated by the main tour operators and local transport companies.

Public services in Lombardy

In Lombardy there is the telematic service "Muoversi in Lombardia" that allows travelers in transit to use an online portal that connects the main public transport in the area. Through the web portal, accessible from the site www.muoversi.regione.lombardia.it/a>, with a simple click you can book (with a single travel title), urban and suburban buses, trams, trolleybuses, subways, suburban trains and regional, Malpensa Express trains, Battelli on Lake Iseo and cable cars and funiculars.

Travel Tips

The car is in any case the most comfortable and safe way to quickly reach the main tourist and cultural sites of the Lombardy region. From the portal of bravodriver.com you can reach the region by booking a transfer service from any city in Italy. With our transport service a licensed driver will pick you up from the chosen location and take you directly to the desired destination. Within the portal bravodriver.com you can choose the car that best suits your needs and the driver who will accompany you on the journey. What are you waiting for ?! Choose Bravodriver.com . Just one click!

Bellagio - Lake Como

Bellagio - Lake Como (Source: Gian Luca Ponti - CC BY-SA 2.0)

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