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Lombardy region a northern gem of Italy tours

Whether you're exploring its famous Tuscany region or visiting one of its many islands, there are certainly no dull moments when you are on a tour of Italy. Seemingly every part of the country has some form of cultural, historic or artistic intrigue, and that is true even for the lesser known Lombardy region, which sits in the northernmost reaches of the country. Like much of Italy, Lombardy's rich landscape has much to offer, and there are a few cities in particular that are worth a visit.

A highlight of Lombardy, and Italy as a whole, it is easy to see why Milan is a favorite destination among many traveler. First and foremost, the city is one of several world fashion hubs, and that is evident around every corner. Milan offers some of the best shopping in the world, and even if you're not interested in coming home with an authentic piece from one of the world's leading designers, a walk through the so-called Golden Triangle is certainly an experience you won't soon forget. You should also make a point to visit the Milan Cathedral, which stands as one of largest such buildings in the world. 

While Milan offers a taste of the city as you make your way through Lombardy, Como is famous for its natural beauty. Located alongside the banks of Lake Como, the town is peppered with picturesque lakeside views, and walking through the many quaint villages that rest along the water's edge will make it readily apparent why Como has been a popular vacation spot for centuries. Before leaving the city, however, be sure to ride its famous funicular railway, which takes you up more than 3,500 feet above Como.

It may not have the name recognition of Milan or Como, but Cremona has plenty to offer visitors in its own right. It's particularly famous for its unique architecture, including the Torrazzo. The iconic bell-tower stands at more than 343 feet tall, making it the third highest brickwork bell tower in the entire continent. Built in the early 1300s, it is also the oldest brick tower taller than 328 feet that is still standing. You can make the climb to the top of the tower, which offers an impressive view of the city below. 

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