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The Italian city of Milan is a cultural delight with excellent museums and performing arts venues. The famous painting of the Last Supper and an opera at La Scala are definite highlights of the attractions. Milan is also the gateway to the Italian Alps and a motorhome rental is the best way of enjoying a holiday in these stunning landscapes.
Milan is a part of Lombardy where a trio of majestic lakes which has proved a major draw for travellers over the centuries. A boat trip on the lakes Garda, Maggiore or Como offers delightful views of this setting. Activities such as windsurfing and hiking or a curative spa draw contemporary tourists. Trezzo sull'Adda is a half-day excursion where the 14th century Visconti Castle and Villa Gina and its lovely gardens are the chief sights.
St Maria delle Grazie Convent is a medieval edifice and home to the Leonardo da Vinci painting of the Last Supper. The nearby Science and Technology Museum is the largest themed on these topics in Italy. Brera Art Gallery is 10 minutes' walk and contains a vast collection of Italian paintings.
The walk to the gallery passes the verdant expanses of Sempione Park where Sforza Castle is another must-visit Milan attraction. The castle was largely rebuilt a century ago, but retains its central courtyard surrounded by defensive walls. It is home to eight museum collections. One of these contains masterpieces by luminaries such as Canaletto and Andrea Mantegna's Madonna.
At the top end of Sempione Park, the Peace Arch stands like a guardian angel. La Scala Theatre and the ultra-chic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade are slightly to the north of Milan Cathedral. This marvellous edifice is one of the biggest cathedrals in the world and is packed with religious objets d'art. Certosa di Pavia is an eight-kilometre drive and a unique monastery.
Citta di Milano Camping Site is close to the city's western A50 bypass. The tree-shaded complex boasts abundant amenities which include a pizzeria, a bar, a playground and courts for various ballgames.
Camping Montorfano sits on the shores of Lake Montorfano and is just a few kilometres from the south end of Lake Como. It is a great base from which to explore the lakes. The main facilities are swimming pools, an enclosed playground, a restaurant and a bar.
International Camping Como provides another ideal spot from to explore the Alpine lakes. The site is close to the Milan-Como highway and offers conveniences that include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spotless washrooms.
Most destinations in Lombardy don't take very long to reach from Milan. Several motorways join together to form an orbital road round the city. The A9 is the principal route north to the lakes and the Swiss border. Driving is a pleasure in the lake region with marvellous views seemingly around every bend in the road. It pays to keep your speed down on secondary routes through the mountains. Drivers are allowed a blood level of 0.05 per cent. Driving in Lombardy is on the right.