Lombardy is considered the most industrialized region of Italy. That is true, nevertheless it is also well-known for its lakes (bordering Lago Maggiore and Lago di Garda) and for its main city, Milan, which can truly be considered the gayest city in Italy.
Lombardy is said to be the ‘locomotive of Italy’: especially Milan is the capital of fashion and design and it is recently performing well also as touristic town. Here great artists lived and worked, such us Leonardo da Vinci, which left authentic masterworks to the Milanese lords: his Atlantic Code is conserved here at the Galleria Ambrosiana together with his painting dedicated to Salaj, his young lover. Then the Scala Theatre, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the amazing Cathedral and the Sforza’s Castle.
Milan is a truly rainbow city. The neighborhood of Porta Venezia is the gay area, rich with bars (Via Lecco, for example), clubs and saunas. Here you can eat at the ‘Mint’ a gay-friendly restaurant and then take the tube (with rainbow colors!) to go to the centre and visit the fashion area of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and the old neighborhood of Brera, the artists’ headquarter.
Nevertheless, not only Milan! You can enjoy the Lake of Garda and take the boat to reach the Venetian coast. Lake Garda is also extremely gay friendly and lot of tourists from Northern Europe reach its coastlines to enjoy the mild weather. Then if you like Prosecco, here you are in the right place. North of Milan the Brescia hills are well-known for its sparkling white wine. Do not miss a visit to a local winery and try some local food, such as the ‘Pizzoccheri’ a whole-grain pasta dressed with molten cheese and cabbage, original in the province of Sondrio. Then also the ‘bresaola’ which is typical in the Lombardy mountains and specifically in Valtellina.
Cremona and Crema, little more than villages, which have gained celebrity after the movie ‘Call Me by Your Name’, the oscar-winning director Luca Guadagnino shot here. The same as the tiny Bergamo, a true architectural jewel just north of Milan, which is divided into two areas: the ‘Città Alta’, where the historic centre lies and the ‘Città Bassa’, the modern residential neighborhood.
Travelling to the east side of the region, visit Mantova which lies on the river Mincio. You can take the boat to navigate on the river and enjoy the unique landscape.
Lombardy is a region to discover and it is really highly attractive to the gay community. All attractions can be found in the region and discovering smaller towns and villages can be a true unexpected surprise.