Your interactive family guide to Italy as recommended by local mums | Last updated 12 months ago



One of Italy’s largest regions, Lombardy lies in the north of the country, sharing a border with Switzerland. Stretching from the Alps to the lowlands of the Po Valley, it is home to a wide range of landscapes, including the breathtaking mountain chain that boasts the Valchiavenna, Valtellina and the Camonica Valley and the expanse of rolling hills that encompass the distinctive Franciacorta area, famous for its vineyards and wine production. The charm of the great lakes is a great tourist draw, attracting visitors to Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore surrounded by stately homes, parks and picturesque small towns. The region is also characterized by the great flat tracts of the Po Valley lowlands, covered by shimmering mirrors of water, this is the typical landscape of Lomellina. The regional capital is Milan.

  • Il Girasole, Milan

    Recommended by Charlie

    Centro Yoga Om, Vilanova i la Geltru Image

    Charming B&B in the heart of Milan
    Via Doberde, 19
    Reception: 02 27 08 07 38 - Mobile: 347 14 69 721 - Mail:

    "Just returned from a long weekend in Milan and I wanted to recommend the place that we stayed, if any of you are thinking of visiting the city (which, we were pleasantly surprised to find, had a lot of things to do with a 4 year old). We stayed in a BB called Il Girasole and the owner and his family completely made our weekend. It is not in the centre but only 10 mins from the cathedral by metro. The owner, Matteo, and his wife have two children and were so friendly and welcoming...quite simply, nothing was too much trouble for them. As an example, they sent me an email the evening before we arrived to tell me of a transport strike and how to find alternative transport. My daughter had such a lovely time that she didn’t want to leave the hotel! At the end of her stay, they gave her a sunflower seed to plant in Barcelona, so her cup was overflowing. So if you are thinking of visiting Milan (recommended though maybe not in summer as it is really hot!) with young children then I hope you try the place."