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Homes in Lombardy

This stylish, sophisticated region combines romantic Alpine lakesides with elegant little cities. It’s long been loved by foreign property buyers, and with good reason, says Fleur Kinson.
Sirmione, at the southern end of Lake Garda

With an annual GDP that’s double the size of Italy’s next most productive region, Lombardy has been rightly dubbed the ‘economic powerhouse’ of the nation. This affluent, extremely well-run bit of Italy sits tucked up against the border with Switzerland, and it’s hard not to feel a bit of a cultural connection between the two. That said, Lombardy is also emphatically Italian, with all the stylish clothes, beautiful buildings, stunning food and healthy work-life balance that that suggests.

As well as its industriousness, Lombardy is famed for its geographical beauty. With its romantic head in the Alps and its hard-working feet in the Po Valley plain, Lombardy yields celestial mountains, exquisite lakesides, emerald-green pasturelands and wide-skyed cropfields. There is no shortage of fresh-air escapes for those diligently working in the region’s many handsome, small-sized cities.

As a buyer in Lombardy, you’re most likely to be drawn to these little cities or to the region’s spectacular Alpine lakes. The latter yield some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, perhaps especially around Lake Como, where green slopes dotted with sighingly pretty villas plunge into dreamy blue water. Half of stately Lake Maggiore’s shoreline is in Lombardy, as is half of Lake Garda and some parts of Lake Lugano. Lake Iseo is here too, as are bijou lakes Varese, Comabbio, Annone and others.

One thing you won’t struggle with in Lombardy is getting around. This region prizes efficiency, and its travel infrastructure reflects that. Road and rail connections are very good all across Lombardy. With several international airports and very short journey times to northern European countries such as the United Kingdom, it’s very easy for foreign homeowners to get here and get around.

BUYING IN

International buyers have been drawn to Lombardy for decades, not just because the region offers such geographical beauty and a great lifestyle, but also because its property market tends to be very stable and safe. There is considerable scope for pleasure and profit on homes in Lombardy. Buyers of holiday property and those who’d like to offer holiday rentals choose well in the region’s lakelands and in the rural areas around some of the small cities, while hard-nosed investors can gain from snapping up urban apartments.

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About Italia!

Our first stop this month is Milan, where Christmas is celebrated in style with a wealth of events to get you in the holiday frame of mind. The festive mood continues up in Como and down south in Sorrento. We also take a look at nativity tableaux (presepi) in and around Naples, where this celebratory tradition is alive and well. If you’re also looking for features without a side order of yuletide cheer, you’ll love our action-packed story from the ski slopes of Courmayeur, and our fascinating voyage of discovery around the peaceful byways of Molise.