Video An Aerial View of Lombardy
Lombardy borders Switzerland to the North.
The name Lombardy comes from the Langobards, Germanic population that invaded Italy in the 6th century AD.
Most of the inhabitants speak the Lombardic dialect and Italian language.
The Lombardic dialect belongs to the Gallic-Italic language and presents characteristics of Gallic and Germanic, for the proximity to France and Switzerland.
The Romanesque Lombardic and the Gothic Lombardic period left beautiful examples of architecture in Lombardy and throughout Italy.
The Lombardic Renaissance with its humanistic spirit saw in Lombardy important artists, scientists, humanists like Leonardo da Vinci, Bramante, Filarete, Mantegna.
In the North of Lombardy there are the Alps and lakes that are of glacial origin. The presence of the Lakes makes the Alpine harsh climate milder and allows the cultivation of olives and fruit.
The Stelvio Natural Park, the largest in Italy, is a wonderful protected area.
Lago di Como in Lombardia