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Lombardy

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Regione Lombardia
Capital Milan
President Roberto Formigoni
Provinces Bergamo
Brescia
Como
Cremona
Lecco
Lodi
Mantua
Milano
Monza e Brianza (effective in 2009)
Pavia
Sondrio
Varese
Municipalities 1562
Area 23,863 km²
 - Ranked 4th (7.9 %)
Population (2001)
 - Total

 - Ranked
 - Density


9,032,554
1st (15.8 %)
379/km²
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Map higlighting the location of Lombardia in Italy

Lombardy (in Italian Lombardia) is a region in northern Italy between the Alps and the Po Valley. Lombardy borders the regions of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and the country of Switzerland. Lombardy's capital is Milan. One-sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy, and its capital (Milan) is the fourth largest conurbation in Europe with more than 6.5 million inhabitants. The current governor of Lombardy is Roberto Formigoni.

Lombardy is one of the three richest regions in Europe, with a GDP per capita 30% higher than the rest of Italy. Many foreign and national companies have their headquarters in Milan. Lombardy seems to be very active in sports with many top-rated clubs in football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball.

Pirelli Tower, the highest skyscraper in Italy (127 m), is the seat of Lombardy Region.

Lombardy is candidate, with the city of Milan, for XXXI Summer Olympic Games (Milan-Lombardy 2016).

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History

The region is named for the Lombards or Longobardi, who came after the fall of the (western) Roman Empire. There was a close relationship between the Frankish, Bavarian and Lombard nobility for many centuries.

Lombardy's motto

The Lombardy's motto is "Una regione per fare" (in English, "A region to act").

Provinces

The region is divided into the following provinces, all named after their capital cities:

Its twelve provinces are subdivided into a total of 1,562 communes, ranging in population from Milan (1,256,211) to Morterone, near Lake Como, with only 33 inhabitants (2001 census).


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Lombardy's official logo.

Main cities

Transportation

Airports

There are four main airports in Lombardy:

Milan's two airports are considered the most crowded Italian hub with more than 30 million passengers a year.

Railway service

The Suburban Railway Service (called "S" Lines, the service is similar to the French RER and German S-Bahn), composed of 8 commuter rail lines (10 as of 2008), connects the Milan Metropolitan Area ("Great Milan"), and other important cities, like Como or Varese.

The Regional Railway Service (called "R"), on the other hand, links the cities of Lombardy and connects the region with the national railway system.

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S Lines map.

Tourism information

Famous Lombards

Food

  • Risotto alla Milanese
  • Cotoletta alla Milanese
  • Osso buco
  • Cassoeula
  • Panettone
  • Missoltini
  • Polenta
  • Torrone
  • Bresaola

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General information

Provinces

Universities

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