Jesolo is in the Veneto region of Italy.
This coastal town is very popular with foreign tourists and also locals. It has a huge quantity of hotels and shops next to the beach.
- Lido di Jesolo Tourist Information Office (Azienda di Promozione Turistica / Ufficio I.A.T. Lido di Jesolo), 13, Piazza Brescia. Phone: +39 0421 370601, fax: +39 0421 370608, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From/to Venice Marco Polo airport
ATVO operates a bus service from Marco Polo Airport to Lido de Jesolo, as buses from and to Venice Piazzale Roma and Mestre stop at the airport. In July and August there are frequent bus services from and to Marco Polo Airport (more than 30 services daily). Travel time Marco Polo Airport to Lido di Jesolo is about 40 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the airport at the automatic ATVO ticket machine in the arrivals baggage hall, at the ATVO ticket counter in the arrival hall (open from 8.00 to 23.45m, tel +39 042 1594672) and the automatic ATVO ticket machine outside the airport on the ATVO departure platform. In Lido die Jesolo tickets can be bought at the ATVO ticket counter at Lido di Jesolo Autostazone, Via Equilio, tel. +39 042 1594633 (open from 6.30 to 19.45) or at authorized ticket agents (mainly tobacco shops and newsagents).
From/to Treviso Canova Airport
There are frequent services from Treviso Airport to Lido di Jesolo and vice versa (at least 10 connections daily). It is necessary to change the bus at Mestre railway station. Travel time is 1 hour 10 minutes. Ticket price is € 10.00 one-way, € 18.00 return (valid 10 days). Tickets are sold on Ryanair flights. Tickets can bei bought at the automatic ATVO ticket machine in the arrivals baggage hall and at ATVO ticket office in the arrivals hall, open from 7.30 to 22.30 (tel +39 0422 315 381). Tickets can be bought online here.
The next railway station is San Donà di Piave on the Venice-Trieste and Venice-Udine line. ATVO operates frequent bus services from San Donà di Piave to Lido di Jesolo and return. There are about 30 connections daily. Sometimes it might be necessary to change bus at San Donà ATVO bus station. Travel time is about 45 minutes.
All trains to and from Venice stop at Venezia Mestre Railways Stations ATVO operates frequent bus services from Mestre Railway Station to Lido di Jesolo and return. There are about 30 connections daily. Tickets can bei bought at the ATVO ticket counter. In Mestre tickets can be bought at ATVO ticket office in Via Capuccina 183, near the railway station (tel +39 421 594 673), at automatic ticket machine outside the ticket office, at Bar Binario, situated near the ticket office, at ATAV – Associazione Turistica Albergatori Venezia, inside the railway station or at 365 Grandi Biglietterie Agency inside the railway station. In Lido die Jesolo tickets can be bought at the ATVO ticket counter at Lido di Jesolo Autostazone, Via Equilio, tel. +39 042 1594633 (open from 6.3ß to 19.45) or at authorized ticket agents (mainly tobacco shops).
A4 motorway and exit at San Dona di Piave Distances to/from Lido di Jesolo: Rome 565 km. Milan 305 km, Venice 45 km, Belluno 110 km
ATVO operates a frequent bus service from PIazzale Roma in Venice to Lido do Jesolo bus station (via Mestre and Marco Polo airport). In July and August there are frequent bus services from Piazzale Roma (more than 30 services daily between 6.05 and 23.40, from Lido di Jesolo between 5.20 ansd 23.20). Duration fo the trip between 55 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes. In Venice tickets can be bought at the ATVO ticket office in Piazzale Roma, near the Carabinieri station ( (tel +39 421 594 671), at automatic ATVO ticket machine outside the ticket office, at ‘Chiosco di Pluff’ newsagent in the center of the square 5 metres from the departure point for the buses to San Marco Airport, at Botazzo Tobaconist’s in Piazzale Roma, at the Novo Tour Agency in Piazzale Roma and at IEX Change Agency in St.Mark’s Square under the Torre dei Mori. In Lido die Jesolo tickets can be bought at the ATVO ticket counter at Lido di Jesolo Autostazone, Via Equilio, tel. +39 042 1594633 (open from 6.30 to 19.45) or at authorized ticket agents (mainly tobacco shops and newsagents). Tickets are not sold on the bus. Tickets must be validated when entering the bus.
ATVO operates two bus lines in Lido di Jesolo
- Bus no.3 runs from the Bus Station at Piazza Marconi-Drago in western direction to Piazza del Faro, with stops at Piazza Trieste, Piazza Brescia, Piazza Internazionale, Piazza Aurora, Piazza Marina and Piazza Nember. In July and August busses depart from Piazza Drago daily every 30 minutes from 5.45 to 8.15 and every 20 minutes from 8.45 to 0.35, from Piazza del Faro daily every 20 minutes from 5.45 to 0.15. Travel time from Piazza Marconi-Drago to Piazza del Faro is 20 minutes.
- Bus no.2 runs from the Bus Station at Piazza Marconi-Drago in eastern direction to Cortellazzo, with stops at Istituto Marino, Piazza Milano, Piazza Torino, Villaggio Marzotto and Piazza Europa. In July and August busses depart from Piazza Marconi-Drago daily at 5.45, 6.15, 6.45, 6.55, 7.15, 7.40, 7.55 and from 8.15 to 0.35 every 20 minutes, from Cortellazzo daily every 30 minutes from 6.00 to 7.00 and every 20 minutes from 7.15 to 0.55. Travel time from Piazza Marconi-Drago to Cortellazzo is 20 minutes.
Tickets should be bought from ATVO ticket counter at Lido di Jesolo Autostazione, Via Equilio, tel. +39 042 1594633 (open from 6.30 to 19.45) or at authorized ticket agents (mainly tobacco shops and newsagents). The ticket price is € 1.30 one way, € 0.80 for Carta Jesolo and € 0.50 for Carta Argento Jesolo holders. Tickets must be validated when entering the bus. The ticket price is 2.00 one way if the ticket is bought in the bus. There are no return tickets.
ATVO operates a bus service from Lido di Jesolo to Punta Sabbioni via Cavallino (Bus no.5) , connecting to vaporetto to Venice from May to Sept daily every 30 minutes from 7.45 to 20.15, duration of the bus and boat trip 1 hour 20 minutes. Return connections leave from Venice S.Zaccharia fromMy to Sept daily from7.45 to 20,15 and at 21.10, 22.00, 23.00 and in July and August also at 0.28. There is another bus from Lido di Jesolo to Punta Sabbinoi via Via F.Baracca (bus no.7) leaving from Lido di Jesolo bus station from May to Sept daily every 30 minutes from 8.15 to 19.45, Return connections leave from Venice S.Zaccharia from May to Sept daily from 8.15 to 19.45, at 21.10 and 23.00.
To Burano, Torcello, Murano
The ATVO bus line no. 5 from Lido di Jesolo bus station to Punta Sabbioni via Cavallino can also be used for an excursion to Murano,Burano and Torcello islands. The bus trip from Lido di Jesolo to Punta Sabbioni takes 45 minutes, the boat trip from Punta Sabbioni to Burano additional 30 minutes, from Punta Sabbioni to Torcello 45 minutes and from Ounbta Sabbioni to Murano 1 hour. Return boats leave from May to Sept from [[Muranov from 7.19 to 19.49 every 30 minutes, then at 21.34, last boat at 22.34, from Torcello 11 minutes and from Burano 33 minutes later.
Tickets for both services must be bought in advance from ATVO ticket counter at Lido di Jesolo Autostazione, Via Equilio, tel. +39 042 1594633 (open from 6.30 to 19.45) or at authorized ticket agents (mainly tobacco shops and newsagents). Tickets are not sold in the bus. Tickets must be validated when entering the bus.
- Natural HIstory Museum (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), Piazza G.Carducci , ✉ email@example.com. Jun to Sep 15 9.30am to 1pm, 6.30 to 11 pm, open all day if weather is bad, Sep16 to May31 8.30am to 1pm, 3 to 6.30om, closed Sun morning, Oct 15 to 31, Jan 15 to 31.
- Sealife Aquarium (3oo m from Piazza Brescia). In summer daily from 10 am to 6pm.
- Tropicarium Park, Piazza Brescia. Daily 10am to 10pm.
- Aqualandia. mid June to mid Sept 10 to 18. Aqualandia has been elected 8 times as Best Water Park in Italy. Full day adults € 30.00, children from 1.00 to 1.40 meter € 26.00, children under 1.00 meter free, senior citizens over 65 € 26.00, Half day adults € 26.00, children from 1.00 to 1.40 meter € 22.00, children under 1.00 meter free. Umbrella and 2 sun beds € 7.00, lockers € 4.00, car parking € 4.00.You can buy online tickets here
- New Jesolandia, Via Roma Destra (near Aqualandia and Pista Azzurra) , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gommapiuma, Piazza Brescia , ✉ email@example.com. a kids’ fun park with inflatable and foam rubber facilities providing a wild and yet risk-free joy for the kids.Admission for parents is free: they are allowed to enter the park, but only to supervise their children..
- Play Village, 48, Via Equilio, Lido di Jesolo. sports center with tennis courts, basketball and football fields, skateboarding and roller-skating tracks
- Pista Azzurra di Jesolo, 90, Via Roma Destra, Jesolo , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. one of the best go-kart tracks
- Pirate Cruise (on board of the Jolly Roger, an old-fashioned Venetian ship) , ✉ email@example.com. departures from the beach near Piazza Nember: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10 am, near Piazza Trento (Via Zanella): Mon, Wed, Thu 10 am, Tue 3.30 p, near Piazza Brescia (IsaanLive Bafile, 9 acesso al mare): Tue, Wed, Fri 10 am. adults € 15, children from 1 to 12 € 12.
Many boutique shops
- Boutique Rossi, 1, Via Altinate , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. selling labels like Fabiana Filippi, Alberta Ferretti, Rivamonti, Armani, Marithe F.G. Marras, Brunello Cucinelli, Gunex, High, Cavalli, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY, Puleka, and Manoosh.
- Spinazze, 452, Via Bafile. 10.00 12.30, 15.30 to 19.30. closed Mon morning. a landmark of the fashion trade in north Italy, with labels like Zafferano, Della Ciana, Ralph Lauren, Pura Lopez, Paliparmi
- Primavisione, 314, 320 and 333 Via Bafile. products by Diesel, Patrizia Pepe, Wrangler, Hunter, Museum and Blauer
- Burato Gioielli, 423, Via Bafile, 12, Piazza Milano. Mon 15.30 to 19.30, Tue to Sat 9:30 to12:30 15:30 to 19:30. Burato Gioielli is one of the best places to shop jewels and watches as well as products like Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani, Tissot , Gucci and Hello Kitty.
The market is located in Piazza Kennedy in Jesolo centre. It does not cater for tourists mainly, selling anything from clothing to foodstuffs and flowers. The market is held on Fridays and is open from early morning until 1pm.
- Designer Outlet Noventa di Piave, Via Marco Polo 1, 30020 Noventa di Piave , ✉ email@example.com. every day from 10 to 20, closed Dec25, 26 and Jan1. designer outlet with many Italian ans international brands- The outlet is situated near the San Donà di Piave exit the A4 highway from Venezia to Trieste. To find it using Sat Nav, enter Via Calnova or Via Marco Polo, 1 – 30020 Noventa di Piave or insert the following coordinates: Latitude: 45.669477 – Longitude: 12.534787. ATVO operates a bus service to Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet leaving from Lido di Jesolo bus station daily at 10.15, every hour from 13.15 to 19.15, on week-days also at 9.15, 11.15 and 12.15 and from Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet daily at 11.15, every hour from 13.15 to 20.15.on week-days also at 10.15 and 12.15. You will have to switch bus at San Donà die Piave bus station. Duration of the trip is 55 minutes. Ticket price € 4.30 one-way, € 8.10 return.
Wide range, many fish dishes. The local dish famous in this region is risotto.
Lido di Jesolo has an abundance of restaurants of different styles.
- Cucina da Omar, via Dante 21 (near PIazza Drago and piazza Marconi). Closed Wed and Dec to Jan. Reservations recommended. € 48 to 90 (2020).
- Tortuga, piazzale Tommaseo 15. Closed mid-Nov to mid-Jan, Mon evening and Tue except Jun to Sept. € 45 to 75 (2020).
- Ristorante da Guido, 25, Via Roma Sinistra, Jesolo , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Ristorante da Guido is one of the best eating places in Jesolo, specialised on regional cuisine
- Ristorante al Porto, Cortellazzo (6 km from Jesolo). seafood and fish dishes, reservation recommended
- Trattoria Bronse Cuerte, 90/c, Via Roma Destra , ✉ email@example.com. specialised on the local cuisine of Jesolo with sausages, grilled meats and ribs, great wines from the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Veneto regions
- Alla Darsena, via Oriente 166, Jesolo Pineta. cloed Di evening and Wed (excepot from Mid May ro mid Sept), closed Nov. € 30-50 (2020).
- Ai Pescatori, via Oriente 164, Jesolo Pineta. fish restaurant € 30-45 (2020).
There are many discos to visit.
- Il Muretto, 120, Via Roma Destra, Lido di Jesolo. Il Muretto is considered one of the best clubs of Italy
- Marley Bar, 42/b, Via Trentin.Jesolo.
- Vanilla Club, 15, Via Buonarroti, Jesolo.
Where to stay in Jesolo
Jesolo has a well developed tourist infrastructure with countless hotels, residences, bed and breakfasts, apartments, aparthotels and rooms for rent.
Bed and breakfast
- Hotel Villa Roberta, Piazza Trento n.6 30016 (Jesolo Lido). Family run, comfortable bed and breakfast near the centre of Jesolo Lido.
- La Maison Hotel, Via Pigafetta, 10 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Private beach (one beach umbrella 2 sun loungers), Free WiFi and private parking
- Hotel Grifone, via Oriente, 38 , ✉ email@example.com. 3-star hotel.
- Camping Jesolo Baiaholiday. Camping-Village Cavallino is located between Jesolo and Punta Sabbioni. The camp site is equipped with both pitches (ideal for campers, caravans and tents), and a camping village with movable homes and parking places.
- Hotel Atlanta, Via Altinate 138. Tel. +39 0421 362324 Fax. +39 0421 362060 ]. On the seafront on the Lido di Jesolo. There are 2 swimming pools for its guests. Different options are available: B&B option from €35, Half board from €45, Full Board from €48
- Hotel Delle Rose, Via Zara 1 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel Germania, Via Olanda 18 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 3-star hotel which touts the professionalism of its staff.
- Hotel Janeiro, Via Altinate 128. Tel. +39 0421 961050 Fax. +39 0421 362934 41 rooms with balcony sea view. There is a big garden, parking, bikes, tennis at free disposal for guests. Different options are available: B&B option €47, Half board €57, Full Board €62.(prices are for person – high season). All services included.
- Hotel Storione, Via Levantina 305 (2 minute walk from the sea) , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Boasts a private beach with sunbeds and beach umbrellas. BB € 42 / HB € 52.
- Hotel Torino, Via Silvio Trentin 61 (30 meters from private beach) , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. BB € 42 / HB € 52 / FB euro 60.
- Hotel Jesulum, via A. Bafile 325 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-star hotel with swimming pool.
- Hotel My Fair, Via Leon Battista Alberti, 3 , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: from 14.00 to 18.00, check-out: until 10.00. 3-star bed and breakfast with free WiFi, private parking, private beach equipped with parasols and deck chair, small pets accepted free of charge.
- Hotel Midi, via Padova, 88 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-star hotel close to the tourist port of Jesolo Lido. The 32 rooms all have balconies and free WiFi, air conditioning, 22-inch LCD TV.
- Grand Hotel Luxor & Cairo, Via Padova 47 , fax: . At the beach with pool, wellness center, restaurant and baby club.
- Hotel Salus – Jesolo, Via Verdi 35 , fax: . Private, equipped beach, swimming pool and restaurant. Room rates vary based on the season. Full board € 62.00 – Half board € 54.00 – Overnight stay and breakfast € 49.00.
- Hotel Cavalieri Palace, Via Mascagni 1 (In a central position facing the sea, between Piazza Marina and Piazza Nember) , fax: . Air-conditioned rooms with side or front view on the sea. BB: 70€-90€, HB 80€-105€, FB 105€-120€.
- Hotel Orient & Pacific, Via Leonardo da Vinci, 2 (Near the beach and the Bafile pedestrian area) , fax: . BB: 60€ HB 69€ FB:78€ (person per night).
- Park Hotel Brasilia, Via Levantina 2° acc. al mare 3, Tel. +39 0421 380851, Fax. +39 0421 92244, e-mail: email@example.com . Four-star hotel, a member of the Worldhotels First Class Collection International chain. It faces the sea and has a private beach.
- Ospedale di Jesolo, 104, V. Levantina, Lido Di Jesolo, tel. +39 0421 388411
- Farmacia Edelweiss, 341, Via Andrea Bafile, Lido Di Jesolo Phone: +39 041 5700730, +39 0421 370306,
- Farmacia Borin, 15, Piazza Nember, Lido Di Jesolo, Phone: +39 0421 371296
- Farmacia Mazzini Dr. Borin, 2, Via Dei Mille Lido Di Jesolo, Phone: +39 0421 371296
- Farmacia Luxor, 47, Via Padova, Lido Di Jesolo Phone: +39 0421 971423,0421 971422
- Farmacia Sofia, 22, Via Treviso, Lido Di Jesolo, Phone: +39 0421 362396, +39 0421 359140,
- Jesolo office (Ufficio Jesolo), 18, Piazza Kennedy, Jesolo, Tele: +39 0421 355811
- Lido di Jesolo office (Ufficio Lido di Jesolo), 100, Via Aquileia, Lido di Jesolo, Phone: +39 0421 385711
- Lido di Jesolo 1 office (Ufficio Lido di Jesolo 1), 41/A, Via Danimarca, Lido di Jesolo, tel. +39 0421 362166
Around the Venetian lagoon are other smaller islands, which have since been deserted but are worth a visit. There is also the Lido, which is a long narrow island with more modern buildings, hosting a youth hostel and a hotel.
- Venice – The main island, needs no further introductions
- Lido – Venice’s beaches are located here.
- Murano – Nearby island with typical glass
- Burano – Nearby island with typical textiles and painted houses.
- San Lazzaro – Nearby island with Armenian monastery and impressive art collection, some world class pieces.
- Mestre – Mestre is on the mainland, but still administratively part of Venice
Already eleven Corona Infections at the Pope’s Swiss Guard
In the Vatican, seven other members of the pope’s Swiss Guard tested positive for the corona virus . This increased the number of demonstrably infected guardsmen to eleven, as the Swiss Guard announced on Thursday. All infected people had been isolated, the message said. The brightly uniformed guards protect Pope Francis and his residence.
A major corona outbreak among the guards could therefore also be dangerous for the Pope, 83 years of age belongs to the risk group. The Argentinean pope had part of his right lung removed at the age of 21 due to severe pneumonia but he is considered relatively healthy for his age.
The Catholic media platform “Vatican News” reported in early October that the guardsmen had been asked to “be careful when dealing with the Pope” because of Corona. Face mask and social distancing are required, however a young man who was interviewed about his recruit swearing in (October 4th) said that Francis had already shaken his hand.
Corona measures in Italy – Italy reacts to the 2nd Wave of Covid-19
Italy introduced a nationwide facemask requirement in the open due to the increase in new infections. If you don’t wear a mask when leaving your apartment, you risk a fine of up to one thousand euros, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte recently announced. You do not need to wear a face mask when you are doing sport. The regulations do not apply in private rooms or in places where only one family is staying. Children under six years of age are also exempt from this obligation.
In view of the rising numbers, Italy’s Minister of Health Roberto Speranza also ordered mandatory tests for travelers from Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Another measure taken by the government shows how deep the shock of the first wave of more than 30,000 deaths still sits: It passed a law that prohibits the Italian regions from adopting measures that are less restrictive than those taken by Rome. However, you have the option of setting even stricter rules. Some regions, such as Lazio and Campania, had already decided that the public must wear a facemask.
Lombardy Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Italy
Lombardy or Lombardia is a northern region of Italy, and with 10 million people is the most populous one. Producing 1/5th of Italy’s GDP, it is also the mightiest economically. Geographically, Lombardy encompasses both Alps and Prealps in the north, and relatively flat plains in the south along the river Po and its tributaries. Between them there are many scenic lakes, and the alpine backdrop makes even the low-lying cities picturesque and the air rather fresh.
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Lombardy is heavily industrialized, although most of the industry is actually not heavy, but rather mid-sized specialized machinery-building and other assembly and engineering firms, as well as consumer industries such as foodstuffs and apparel. The regional capital, Milan, is Italy’s second-largest city and the foremost centre of commerce and a global fashion capital. Smaller cities also have considerable economic might, and have had so for many centuries, hence Lombardy is the region of Italy with the most UNESCO World Heritage List sites – and simply, a lot of history and scenic views to explore and enjoy.
- Lombardian Alps and Prealps (provinces of Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio)
- Lake Como (provinces of Como and Lecco)
- Southern Lombardy (provinces of Cremona, Lodi, Mantova and Pavia)
- Grande Milano (provinces of Milan and Monza and Brianza)
- Milan (Milano, the capital of the province) – shares with Paris the title of fashion capital of the world, and is Italy’s second city.
- Bergamo – a fairytale pastel-coloured city perched atop a hillside, and the gate to Bergamo Alps
- Brescia – a major industrial powerhouse since the Ancient Roman times, and a UNESCO World Heritage List
- Como – the city that gave the name to the popular lake
- Cremona – home of Stradivarius violins, but also a wealth of ornate romanesque architecture
- Lecco – a little and charming city situated on Como’s lake.
- Mantua (Italian: Mantova) – the Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss.
- Sondrio – the northernmost provincial capital situated amidst alpine mountain ranges
- Varese – capital of the namesake province full of lakeside resorts, just 30 minutes from Malpensa airport
- The magnificent lakes of Lake Como – take boat trips in the shadow of the Alps to the picturesque villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Tremezzo – Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Lugano.
- The tiny village of Erbusco, home of the award-winning wines of Franciacorta and L’Albereta, the country inn of Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s premier chefs
- The peninsula of Sirmione, on the south shore of Lake Garda
- The Caves of Catullo, an archaeological site of a former Roman villa situated on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula
- The Sirmione Spa, the largest privately owned thermal treatment centre in Italy
- Val Camonica : UNESCO heritage site, medieval towns, castles, holy art in churches, roman sanctuary and theatre/amphitheatre, ski sports.
- Oltrepò Pavese : Wine region in the utmost southern part of Lombardy, 70km from Milan, part of the Pavia province, medieval towns, castles, stunning views.
The Longobardis occupied the Peninsula in the 6th century, and the territory has been named after them ever since.
Lombardy is a prosperous region with fertile soil and a temperate climate. As in Piedmont, the Po Valley is the site of much heavy industry. High mountains in the north, marking Italy’s frontier with Switzerland, provide excellent skiing and climbing.
Three of Italy’s four busiest airports are in Lombardy:
- Milan Malpensa Airport is an intercontinental airport, and Italy’s second aviation hub after Rome Fiumicino. It has multiple direct connections to Africa, Asia and North America, as well as across Europe, where it is served by both full-service and low-fare carriers.
- Milano Linate is Milan’s city airport, served by business-oriented flights to European major commercial centres, as well as a dense Italian domestic network.
- Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport is served almost exclusively by low-fare carriers, taking advantage of its proximity to both Milan and the Alps.
Despite only Linate being in the city and province of Milan, all three airports are marketed as serving the city. One can easily get to other destinations in the province from them, without necessarily changing in Milan. There is also a small airport in Brescia, which in recent years has seen next to no scheduled traffic.
Travel by train to Lombardy
Road and train links connect the region with Switzerland. As Switzerland is not part of the EU, there is a possibility that you will be delayed by checks at the border, although these are infrequent and usually not rigorous. Remember your passport.
There is a relatively dense railway network connecting cities and towns in Lombardy, although the layout is intricate and getting from one place to another may not be straightforward. You should be able to reach your destination within 1 or 2 hours by train. Otherwise, buses and minibuses link important destinations, especially those popular with tourists. Hubs are usually in regional centres, as well as near major railway stations and airports; you can try to change there if there are no direct connections. Regional train network is entirely managed by Trenord.
Regione Lombardia offers a good travel planner that lets you query the whole public transportation system.
If you plan to travel a lot, it might be worth buying a io viaggio ovunque in Lombardia pass ticket. Those tickets let you travel without limit on the entire public transport system in Lombardy, including regional trains, buses and city public transportation systems, but excluding some ferry boat lines. Although expensive, they can easily be a cheaper option than regular tickets if you travel long distances. Passes are sold at railway stations (at ticket box or automatic vending machines) and at ATM automatic vending machines. You can buy 1, 2, 3 or 7 day passes (16€, 27€, 32.5€, 43€ respectively – February 2020).
The railway company Trenord offers some good travel packages, under the Trenord Free Time name. The package usually includes a ticket to an attraction or a trip proposal and a train ticket to get to the destination. Most of them are really useful only if you depart from Milan. It’s worth to take a look at the offers as they can also suggest you some new or lesser known itinerary that you may like.
As the Autostrada A4 runs across Lombardy, with the road system radiating from its junctions, you can get around by car as well. The A4 frequently gets congested though and traffic jams can be long and excruciating, especially around Milan. Be aware that Italians drive fast and make no allowances for foreigners, so be sure you are OK with keeping up with the traffic and occasional displays of impatience from other drivers.
Milan, Bergamo and Brescia have efficient and extensive public transportation systems.
What to see in
- Milan Fashion Weeks draw crowds of fashionistas to Milan every year.
- La Scala in Milan is a mecca for opera aficionados.
- You can enjoy water sports or more relaxed boating on the lakes.
- The Alps offer opportunities for hiking or skiing.
Lombardy’s most famous culinary inventions are minestrone soup and osso buco (literally “ox knuckles”). To the west of Milan lie miles of rice fields, where the rice for risotto alla milanese is grown. Other typical dishes of the area include salumi (cold cuts) and polenta.
As in many other areas of Northern Italy, the aperitivo (pre-meal drink with appetisers, for which a small supplement might be charged) is very popular.
The wineries in Franciacorta, around Erbusco, produce many excellent wines. The region has been elevated to the status of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Other remarkable zones for wine are Oltrepò Pavese (which is the zone around Pavia on the south banks of Po river) and the countrysides around Garda Lake.
Valtellina also produces excellent wines, famous for their strong taste and flavour.
As every big city in the world, Milan has also many high quality restaurants, wine bars and Enoteche (wine store) where you can find high class wines from all over the world.
Where to stay in Lombardy
Large cities, like Milan, Bergamo or Brescia, are important business centres, so they have sizeable bases of business-oriented hotels. They are local hubs with connections to destinations within their provinces, and getting between them is also reasonably quick via a variety of means of transportation (trains, express buses or cars across the A4). Do note that accommodation in Milan is generally expensive, and prices skyrocket during major events or fairs, such as the Milan Fashion Week.
Destinations along the lines of the lakes, as well as those in the Alps, are popular with tourists, so you will find a variety of accommodation options there, from luxurious resort hotels to simple B&Bs.
While Milan features many of the usual tourist traps and con acts, as well as sizeable number of pickpockets due to the number of tourists there, other destinations are generally safe, and you can feel secure and welcome there. Do note, however, that in case you need to contact the police they can have very limited English skills and also may not be able to help foreigners much.
To the east is Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, to the south is Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont is to the south and west. Switzerland lies to the north.
Current Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
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Timeline of Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
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