As the country’s largest region, Lombardy stretches across the northwest of Italy, and is one of the richest and most populous regions not only in Italy, but in Europe. Its capital city, Milan, is of course an iconic destination for fashion conscious travellers, and is the largest metropolitan area in the country.
Lombardy shares a border with Switzerland, giving the country a diverse range of different landscapes, from the peaks of the Alps to the flats of the Po Valley. You will find everything from lakes and mountains, perfect for winter-sports enthusiasts, to breathtaking expanses of hills and vineyards, ideal for wine connoisseurs.
The region is definitely a destination for those who like the finer things in life, but visiting does not have to break the bank. Staying in Milan can be reasonable if you stay in one of its tiny but stylish hostels, most of which provide the experience of a hotel at a fraction of the cost. Milan is full of artistic heritage, providing you with a tour of the Roman era within its museums, religious buildings, and glorious palaces. It is by far one of the most popular destinations for travellers in Italy.
For a more expensive but much more inspiring tour, hostels can be found in Como, on the coast of Lake Como. The scenery here is magnificent, and has attracted travellers and creatives such as Flaubert and Bellini for centuries. This area is mostly one of raw beauty and relaxation, but it also provides entertainment in the form of water sports, air sports, or mountain climbing, the landscape being as varying as the rest of the region.
Although it is the perfect place to experience the best of Italy, Lombardy is still not often visited, in competition as it is with more well known cities. The best time to visit any of Lombardy is in the summer, between May and August, but as a mountainous area, it is still excellent in the winter months. Hostels do not hugely vary in price throughout the year, just watch out for any local traditional festivals that could raise the cost.
You will find everything you dreamed Italy could be in Lombardy - the food, the wine, the culture - but the jaw dropping landscapes and romance of the regions will make you want to stay in your little hostel, living the dream, forever.
Hi, I'm Jakob Lombardi,
the Hostelz.com local expert for Lombardy hostels. Welcome.