Lombardia, the only Italian region where you can travel from the Italian Alps to iconic lakes in just about an hour: Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Iseo. Lombardia is also home to the city of Milan and Franciacorta sparkling wine (yes please!). Lombardia is the birthplace of Panettone! Some of Lombardia's most famous culinary creations are: sbrisolona cake, polenta, risotto alla Milanese, Milanese veal cutlet, and uber-famous meats and cheeses: Bresaola della Valtellina, Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Grana Padano. Lombardia is home to Malpensa airport, Bocconi University, and many ancient Roman ruins (we love the ruins in Brescia!).