Lombardia Italy 10 Fun Facts - Digging Up Roots in the Boot

Lombardia Italy 10 Fun Facts

Ciao tutti! Welcome to The Best of Italy, a video series on Digging up Roots on the Boot’s YouTube Channel.  Alessia is going to share 10 fun facts about Lombardia, Italy.  It is one of 20 Italian Regions in Northern Italy.  Watch the video and continue reading below. Also, be sure and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on new video posts.

1Gargano Lombardia Italy

The province of Lombardia in Northcentral Italy is a contrast of flatlands, mountains, and hills.  Also, it is home to some of Italy’s most beautiful lakes.  Every year during carnival the town of Gargnano participates in a rowing competition called Gara delle Bisse.  It is an ancient tradition.  The first race was in 1548 under the Republic of Venice.  It takes place on beautiful Lake Garda which divides the regions of Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige.

2 Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala is the largest opera house in Europe, and Italy’s leading opera house.  When it opened in 1778, it was an elegant entertainment center for Milan’s society.  During the 19th century, it was a place to watch the opera or gamble in the foyer.  The ‘loggionisti’, the people who have the cheap seats in the upper gallery, are critical opera fans and heckle the performers.  Even Luciano Pavarotti was booed during his 1992 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo.

3 Duomo di Milano 

the Cathedral in Milan is the 5th largest in the world.  Construction began in 1386 and has continued for over 600 years.  The gothic-style cathedral has more statues than any other building in the world.  135 are gargoyles that anyone can adopt.  If you can afford to donate 100 thousand euros, your name will be engraved under your adopted

4 Unique Skyscrapers in Milan

Milan is a rare place in Italy where you can see skyscrapers.  In the Porta Nuova district, there are two unique residential towers called ‘Bosco Verticale’ or Vertical Forest.  They were designed to rehabilitate Milan’s historic district.  Trees, shrubs, and flowers are built into the towers to take the edge off the smog, produce oxygen, and regulate temperatures in the building.  For each resident, there are about 2 trees, 10 shrubs, and 40 other plants.  Today there are thousands of birds nesting in the towers. There are even small hawks on the rooftops.

5 Lombardia Italy Produces Great Wine

Lombardia has 13 wine-producing areas.  It is most well-known for its sparkling wines.  First, Valtellina on the slopes of the Adda River valley in the Alps has been producing wine since the 5th century.  The light to medium-bodied wines cost more and have a limited production.  The vineyards are mostly worked by hand due to its steep location.

Second, Oltrepò Pavese, along the Po River, produces more than half of Lombardia’s wine. The sparkling wines of the region are labeled Metodo Classico which is the same method used in making Champagne.  It is also used to make frizzante, a slightly sparkling, and liquoroso which is a fortified dessert wine.

The third and most prestigious wine zone is Franciacorta. It has a long history of producing still red and white wines.  But, it gained most of its success in the last 40 years with the production of sparkling wines.

6 Vintage Trams in Milan

Trams, in Milan, have always been an integral part of city life.  Today, some 1928 streetcars are more than just a means of transport. The vintage ATMosphera tram is a traveling restaurant.  It serves scenic meals 7 days a week, all year round.  You can have great Italian food while you take in the main attractions of Milan.

7 American Football in Lombardia Italy

The Bergamo Lions are an American Football team in Bergamo.  They are members of The Italian Federation of American Football which has 17 teams in its premier division.  They have won 12 Italian super bowls and 3 Eurobowls.  The team can have two Americans or Canadians on the roster.  Football in Lombardia Italy is not like the NFL.  Foreign players earn a very small salary of about $700/month.  Italian players need to keep their day jobs because they aren’t paid.  They only get uniforms plus meals and gas money for away games.

8 Aperitivo Milanese

Aperitivo or Happy Hour is a strong Milanese tradition and a cherished pastime.  Typical aperitivo drinks are bitter.  Some popular cocktails are Aperol spritz, Campari, and Negroni. Of course, they are served with snacks.  Although there are usually unlimited buffets, the tradition is not really about the drinks and finger foods.  Aperativo in Lombardia, like the rest of Italy, is more about social interaction.  Aperitivo embodies la dolce vita.  It is a simple and casual way of connecting with family and friends.

9 Monzo Lombardia Italy

Monza is the home of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.  Every Grand Prix in Italy since 1950, except one, has been held at this historic race track.  Mario Andretti won the Formula One World Championship there in 1977.

10 The Lombardia Lake that is home to the Rich and Famous

Lake Como’s beautiful landscape and relaxed lifestyle have made it a hotspot for the rich and famous since the early Roman Empire.  Some famous people that have villas on the shores of Lake Como are George Clooney, Sir Richard Branson, Brad Pitt, and George Lucas.

Do you know any other fun facts about Lombardia?  Let’s talk it out in the comment section below. Also, be sure and watch our other fun fact videos on Italy’s 20 regions and read our blog posts on Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks for watching and reading 10 fun facts about Lombardia. A presto!

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