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An Italian best-kept secret in Lombardy

Talk about unsung heroes – Lombardy gets just a fraction of the press that Tuscany does, but boy, is it beautiful. Topped and tailed by soaring mountains and wide plains, it straddles the fertile Po Valley and the sculpted Dolomites. Glimmering mountain lakes – Como, Lago d'Iseo – hide like long-lost treasures between the pre-Alps. Ski fields drape across the borderline peaks at Livigno and Valchiavenna. Lombardy vacation rentals in towns like Bergamo and Milan promise a whirlwind of culture and class – think priceless art and cobbled old towns.

Things to do

Lombardy, where Italian wonders abound

Lombardy vacation rentals in Milan, boltholes in Bergamo and amazing villas near Mantua combine to make stays in this northern region a ticket to some seriously awesome Italian wonders. The world-class Pinacoteca di Brera is a fine place to start. It's Milan's piece de resistance, laden with works by Caravaggio and Raphael and more. Bergamo's Old Town is fringed by the Accademia Carrara – a place to spy out pieces by Botticelli and Titian. Then there's the chocolate box of historical treats in Mantua, a tasty medley of the Ducal Palace and the stunning Mantua Cathedral, with its Gothic bell tower and Renaissance-style rose windows.


A Lombardy odyssey

Start in the cities. That's where guided tours can reveal filigreed Gothic duomos and you can ride a Segway through enchanting neighborhoods laden with trattorias and palazzi. Move to the lakes. You'll splash in crystal-clear waters and laze on pebble beaches, you'll whiz on windsurfers, and camp in grassy meadows, where wildflowers bloom. Then make for the mountains. Up there, where the Dolomites start in earnest, you can hike and bike, break a long trek with a stay in a rifugio – a mountain refuge providing a bed and hot food, away from your main base – and scramble on via ferratas to reach dramatic summits.


Lombardy – all seasons beckon

You won't find a dull time of year in Lombardy. History and heritage don't disappear in cities like Milan and Bergamo when the big crowds disperse, in fall – book your Lombardy vacation rentals to explore amazing museums without the queues in months like October and November. Winter heralds the ski season. Snow hits Livigno and the Dolomites around December and lasts until March. Spring sees hikers flock to the Italian Alps in April and May, while summer is high time to visit Lake Como and Lago d'Iseo to cool off in highland waters.

Natural features

The 2 sides of Lombardy

Lombardy is a region carved in 2. The south is given over to the wide Po Valley, home to reserves like the Regional Park South Oglio and its wiggling rivers and lakes and bald hills. The north is where the Italian Alps poke up. They start right by the city of Bergamo, from where you can see them rising in rows of limestone. Delve within and there are cobalt-blue lakes, like Iseo and Como. Protected areas come thick and fast, like the Natural Reserve Sebino, with its grassy plateaus and woodlands, or the dramatic Bergamasche mountains, with snow-dashed peaks and welcoming rifugi.

Where to stay around Lombardy?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11,889 vacation rentals near Lombardy. From 2,090 Houses to 898 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lombardy for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lombardy?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lombardy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lake Como: 3,807 vacation rentals
  • Milan: 2,528 vacation rentals
  • Lake Garda: 5,612 vacation rentals
  • Bellagio: 2,692 vacation rentals
  • Varenna: 2,528 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lombardy! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lombardy?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lombardy:

  • Milan: 2,528 rentals
  • Bellagio: 2,692 rentals
  • Varenna: 2,528 rentals
  • Como: 1,067 rentals
  • Menaggio: 2,819 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lombardy?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lombardy are:

  • Como (QCM-Como Seaplane Base): 2,806 vacation rentals
  • Malpensa Airport (MXP): 900 vacation rentals
  • Linate Airport (LIN): 2,564 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lombardy?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lombardy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Villa del Balbianello: 3,756 rentals
  • Livigno Ski Area: 398 rentals
  • Milan Central Station: 2,587 rentals
  • Piazza del Duomo: 2,579 rentals
  • Vittoriale degli Italiani: 5,016 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lombardy listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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