If it's the unique northern Italian vibe you're looking for, Lombardy is the place for you. It doesn’t get more northern Italian than this! Hugging the Swiss border next to the beautiful regions of Ticino and Graubünden and boasting the vibrant, bustling Milan – both Italy’s industrial capital and a European leader in fashion – Italy’s Lombardy region is verdant, spectacular and cosmopolitan. It is a perfect combination of the efficiency and sophistication of Northern Europe along with the warmth and hospitality that makes Italy rank so highly amongst people’s favourite countries. So book self catering holiday rentals in Lombardy such as a villa or cottage and experience the Italian way of life. Milan possesses a certain undeniable importance. Though lacking the architectural opulence and relexed way of life of some other Italian regions, what the metropolis loses in charm, it makes up for in worldliness. Those with a hunger for people-watching will be satisfied.
Fashion and sightseeing in Milan
Milan is an undeniable world center of fashion, and this is hardly an export commodity. Other European fashion capitals are of course Paris and London. A good way to get to know your surroundings during your stay in a private holiday home in Lombardy is to take a sightseeing tour in Milan. A great place to start is the grand Duomo Cathedral, which has an astonishingly rich, and extensive collection gold and silver and ornately worked items, so many that your jaw will drop. The intense, incredible wealth of the collection is a testament to Milan’s historic importance. If you love this type of exhibition, you will also feel right at home exploring the Poldi Pezzoli Museum. Turning back even further in time, the incredible ruins at Collone di San Lorenzo are sure to take your breath away, and no first-time excursion in Milan would be complete without a visit to the impressive, towering Basilica of Saint Ambrose. At night, dive into Milan’s seductive Navigli District, which caters to lovers of delicious Italian cuisine – influenced greatly by its northern latitude near the French border – and those who love the call and pulse of bars, clubs and discos with top-notch DJ’s spinning House and Jungle all night long. Remember, this is Milan. But don't get stuck in the city. Head out to one of the charming, more rural villages of Lombardy, where you'll find plenty of great accommodation in Lombardy holiday homes and villas or even ski chalets and apartments. Whichever type of accommodation you're after, you're bound to be able to find the perfect rental property for your holidays.
Northern Italy - winter sports and relaxing lakes
Don't miss this region's fantastic ski slopes during the winter – in Bormio, Trepalle and Livigno you'll find great accommodation and Lombardy holiday lettings near the local ski resorts. If you're into skiing but you've been to the north of Italy before, you could travel to Ordino in Andorra instead, which is becoming ever more popular amongst skiers. Cool off by splashing into the beautiful Lake Iseo, a hop, skip and a jump away from Milan by car. This undiscovered resort lake combines the cool air of the Alps with brightly shining summer sun to offer a fabulous, relaxing beach-like resort destination with great lettings available for booking in this charming, delightful region. Other lakes to see in the area are Lake Maggiore, and also Lake Garda. Lake Garda is actually the largest in the whole of Italy, and is very popular amongst holidaymakers. Wherever you decide to spend your time in Lombardy, whether you just come for a night or two or a whole week, you'll find the perfect Lombardy accommodation by choosing from the wide selection of Lombardy holiday rentals available, be that an apartment, villa or chalet. Enjoy your stay!