Lombardy and the Lakes

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  • 1. Heller Garden

    More than 2,000 Alpine, subtropical, and Mediterranean species thrive at the Giardino Botanico Heller....Read More

  • 2. Isola Madre

    All of this Borromean Island is a botanical garden, with a season that stretches from late March to late October due to the climatic protection...Read More

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  • 3. Monte Isola

    The largest island within any European lake, Monte Isola allows no cars (except authorized vehicles), making it the perfect place for leisurely walks and bike...Read More

  • 4. Museo del Violino

    At this lovely and informative museum dedicated to all things violin, even those not already enamored by the instrument will find something to appreciate. Historic...Read More

  • 5. Palazzo Ducale

    The 500-room palace that dominates the Mantua skyline was built for the Gonzaga family, though much of the art within the castle was sold or...Read More

  • 6. Palazzo Te

    One of the greatest of all Renaissance palaces, built between 1525 and 1535 by Federico II Gonzaga, is the Mannerist masterpiece of artist-architect Giulio Romano,...Read More

  • 7. Villa del Balbianello

    The relentlessly picturesque Balbianello may be the most magical house in all of Italy; you probably know it from cameos in the movies Casino Royale...Read More

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  • 8. Accademia Carrara

    Bergamo is home to an art collection that's surprisingly rewarding given its size and remote location. Many of the Venetian masters are represented—Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio...Read More

  • 9. Bardolino

    This small town—one of the most popular summer resorts on the lake—is 32 km (20 miles) north of Sirmione along Lake Garda's eastern shore, at...Read More

  • 10. Campanone

    The massive 13th-century Torre Civica (Civic Tower), known as the Campanone, offers a great view of the two cities. Climb the stairs or take an...Read More

  • 11. Cappella Colleoni

    Bergamo's Duomo and Battistero are the most substantial buildings in Piazza Duomo. But the most impressive structure is the Cappella Colleoni, which boasts a kaleidoscope...Read More

  • 12. Casa del Mantegna

    Serious Mantegna aficionados will want to visit the house the artist designed and built around an intriguing circular courtyard, which is usually open to view....Read More

  • 13. Castello Scaligero

    Dominating the town is a 12th-century castle built by Verona's dynastic Della Scala family. It now contains a small museum of natural history....Read More

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  • 14. Castello Scaligero

    As hereditary rulers of Verona for more than a century before they lost control of the city in 1402, the Della Scala counted Garda among...Read More

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  • 15. Castello Visconteo

    The town's 14th-century fortress-castle now houses the local Museo Civico (Municipal Museum), with a Romanesque and Renaissance sculpture gallery, an archaeological collection, and a large...Read More

  • 16. Ca’ del Bosco

    Modern sculpture adorn the grounds of this respected Franciacorta winery (one of the largest in the region). Enjoyable hour-long cellar tours conclude with a tasting;...Read More

  • 17. Certosa

    The main draw in Pavia is the Certosa, 9 km (5½ miles) north of the city center. Its elaborate facade shows the same relish for...Read More

  • 18. Duomo

    Cremona's Romanesque Duomo was consecrated in 1190. It's an impressive structure in a breathtaking piazza, and certainly one of the most beautiful churches in Italy....Read More

  • 19. Duomo

    The splendid 15th-century Renaissance-Gothic Duomo was begun in 1396. The facade was added in 1455, and the transepts were completed in the mid-18th century. The...Read More

  • 20. Funivia

    For amazing views, take the funivia, a cable car that takes you to heights from which you can see seven lakes: Maggiore, Orta, Mergozzo, Varese,...Read More

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