Lombardy is one of the twenty administrative regions of Italy with capital Milan, the name comes from the German tribe that ruled this area after the end of the Roman Empire.
Covered passages are very common in north Europe, meant to provide shelter during bad weather.
It took nearly six centuries to built this Gothic cathedral that is nowadays the largest in Italy (St. Peter's Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world. At the top (108.5 m) you have the Madonnina statue, symbol of the city of Milan.
Maybe the most famous statue in the cathedral by Marco d'Agrate (1562). Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and the tradition says he was skinned alive.
We are now entering in the Brera district of Milan, considered one of the most characteristics.
With its lanes filled with cafe and cultural buildings, Brera can be considered the bohemien area of Milan.
I just love circles.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, opened in the 1877 and named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy, ended in 1946. Each corner represent a different continent.
The city of Como is located one hour walk to the border with Switzerland. Besides George Clooney's villa, the city is important for the Italian culture as it is the main set of the most known Italian novel: I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). It was written by Alessandro Manzoni and published in the 1827, it represented the first standard of novel for the Italian literature.
The waterfront promenade is very scenic, be sure to have time for a pleasant walk.
This villa has been built from the 1797 as summer retreat for the aristocracy, it hosted historical figures as Garibaldi and Napoleon. Several Italian and foreigners movies have been set here. Nowadays it is open to the public and exhibition are hold inside.
Monza was the summer residence of the Lombard kings.
The Arengario is the ancient town hall from the 13th century.
All the main streets of the city end to the town hall.