Visiting Lombardy means immersing yourself into a reality that amazes everyone with the variety of cultural and tourist attractions: naturalist jewels, city of art, gastronomic excellences, Unesco sites and also some of the Borghi più belli d’Italia (most beautiful villages of Italy): the region, among the richest in Italy in this sense, has even 20 of them. They go from being typically medieval, like Gradella (CR) and Cornello dei Tasso (BG), to Renaissance jewels like the charming Sabbioneta (MN), which is also a Unesco site.
Some of them overlook the great lakes of Lombardy, like Lovere on Lake Iseo, Tremezzo on Lake Como, Tremosine and Gardone Riviera on Lake Garda. One village in particular, Monte Isola, the "pearl of Lake Iseo", is situated right on a small island in the centre of the lake’s body of water. Also particular is Castellaro Lagusello (MN), whose small basin of water is in the shape of a heart. Instead, Soncino (CR), Grazie (MN), Pomponesco (MN), Gromo (BG), San Benedetto Po (MN) and Cassinetta di Lugagnano, located along the Naviglio Grande of Milan, are all standing out on a river’s banks.
In the Oltrepò Pavese, in the province of Pavia, there are Fortunago and Zavattarello, while not so far from Cremona, there is Castelponzone with its characteristic ancient arcades; or even Bienno, in the province of Brescia, with its Exhibition Market, and Morimondo, near Milan, famous for its Cistercian Abbey. These are small secret jewels, in which history and natural landscape combine harmoniously. They embody the tradition and the spirit of the region, flaunting their artisanal and wine-and-food specialties.
In 2017, the Year of the Villages in Italy, as declared by the MiBACT, traveling among Lombard villages means discovering the authentic heart of a region with many destinations to experience and to "collect": thanks to #ilPassaporto #inLombardia. A completely free passport, that guides you through the discovery of the territory, on which you can get a themed stamp for every visited place in Lombardy. An original and personal way to create your own travelogue. Soon traveling in Lombardy and gaining stamps will be even easier thanks to the launch of a proper app. This will allow you to find information in real time about the places of interest that you are visiting, but also to have fun with a game that combines the real and the virtual world, starting a challenge on your knowledge of the territory and with which you could win exclusive prizes. To request #ilPassaporto and to keep up with future news about the initiative, visit the website: speciale.in-lombardia.it/passaporto.