A Summer to Savor in Lombardia
What to see and do this summer from the ambassadors of #SpringinLombardia
After the launch of our seasonal social media call, #SpringinLombardia, locals and tourists alike began posting pictures and travel advice from their favorite places in the region! We encouraged everyone to post their photos and experiences #inLombardia to showcase the best of the best to help you start planning your very own trip.
As the season came to an end, we calculated the top "influencers" for the social call and asked them for advice on what to see and do this #SummerinLombardia! Now it's your turn! Take a look at their advice, travel the region, and post your own tips with #SummerinLombardia to become the next winner.
- ALESSANDRA FRIGERIO My name is Alessandra, I'm a lawyer by profession and photographer for hobby. I love having the ability to render the everyday things immortal in a picture.
- CERNOBBIO Without a doubt, tourists absolutely must visit this area of Lake Como, where I've lived for 40 years now. The local area never ceases to amaze me. Here you can leave the car in the garage and hop on boat to visit the romantic villages along the coast. Cernobbio, with Villa d'Este and the small characteristic lanes are perfect to wander before stopping in a local restaurant to enjoy the traditional recipes.
- BELLAGIO Then there's the pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio, an ancient village where you can enjoy the sunset, stroll to the very tip of the town, and rest in the shade of the gardens. Get lost in the small lanes that best represents the word "lagheè", admire the local art, and maybe even stop into a vintage store.
- ENNIO PUGLISI From Palermo, I call Milan home and would describe myself as an islander on the mainland. My name is Ennio, I'm a 32 year old architect emigrated from the south on the hunt for riches (I'm still looking). I can't say I grew up with a camera and ironically as a child I would often open the film only to find faded pictures. It was only after graduating that I began to experiment with a reflex camera.
- BERGAMO Lombardy isn't on the sea, but it definitely has mountains - one of the things that makes Bergamo so beautiful. It's not far from other cities in the valley, is easily reached, and has incredible views over the lowlands as well as the Alps. Bergamo is small and you can visit it in a short period, and can be used as a base to explore the nearby areas, with much to see.
- LECCO If it's hot and you need a break, head to Lecco. From Milan, it's only a 40 minute drive and the city is spread across Lake Como. It's the kind of city that makes you feel like you're in a Riviera, whether it's summer or winter. The food is phenomenal and I'd recommend an aperitivo in the city center. As an islander, the lakeside full of boats makes me feel right at home. Don't miss the incredible colors during the Golden Hour.
- SIMONE COLOMBO Passionate about Instagram and always on the hunt for new destinations and photos. I love vibrant colors and finding new angles when showing the beauty of Italy. I love seeing the historic, artistic, and natural sides to this extraordinary country.
- LAKE COMO Now that the summer is here, it's crucial to find a place to keep cool and relax during the weekends. My favorite spot is Lake Como. When Bellagio and Como are full of tourists, I love going to the eastern shores by Lecco. The city is relaxing and perfect for walking through the stores of Via Roma or in the shade of "Matitone" (the 360° views from this bell tower are amazing!). Or take the car and drive up the coast.
- LAKE ISEO Lake Iseo is a calm place with plenty of surrounding nature, perfect for a sporting weekend or just to enjoy a bit of relax. I recently discovered just how many things there are to do in the area, from an excursion in Franciacorta through the vineyards and tastings to a trip along the lake to catch a romantic sunset. In Sulzano, the views are incredible and there are countless active sports to practice.
- EMILIANO VERGA My name is Emiliano Verga and I'm an energy engineer and I also teach a Masters course in Digital Strategy at the Politecnico di Milano. I'm passionate about unusual photos.
- VALDIDENTRO Why go to Valdidentro in Summer? Incredible locations like the Cima Piazza glacier, Cancano Lake, or the Crap de Scegn Falls. Exciting events like the "Sulla via delle streghe" or the "Notte Viola". History hidden in places like Fort Oga or the Torri di Fraele. Relax in the Terme di Bormio or shop in Livigno. Phenomenal food, from the sciatt to the pizzocheri. Just look to the bright skies to uncover the wonder of this territory.
- GROANE PARK Just 15 minutes in train from Milan you can immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Groane Park. Get out of the city and explore the centuries old trees and sculptures, waterfalls, and small lakes covered in water lillys. Don't forget to visit Villa Arconati.
- ANDREA MARINO 35 years old, I live in a small town near Crema in the middle of the Lombard countryside. I love nature, traveling, dogs, and Instagram. You'll never catch me without my straw hat.
- MONTE MISMA Monte Misma is in the foothills of the Alps at an altitude of 1,160 meters, where you can see over the Po Valley. You can reach it from different paths, like the Valle Seriana or Val Cavallina. I climbed up at the Santuario della Forcella di Pradalunga and after passing the Patadolt (great for picnics), the real climb begins through the woods to the top. The 360° views are definitely worth the climb.
- LODI Unite architecture in nature here in Lodi, where you can visit the Cattedrale Vegetale and hit the Adda River. Relaxing and easy for beginners, you can follow a path that leads into the surrounding nature and along the river through the countryside. The area is also perfect for cyclists.