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When: As a single traveller, you have no constraints on when you travel to Italy. The winters can be quite mild in many parts of Lombardy and you might decide to beat the crowds by travelling in the off season.
Where: Check out Milan, one of the grandest cities in the country and - despite extensive bombing in the war - still an absolute treasure trove. Be sure to see Milan Cathedral, catch an opera at La Scala and see a football match at the San Siro.
Why: Because Milan is one of the most important and exciting cities in the country. Whilst lacking some of the picture postcard prettiness of Florence and Venice, it more than makes up for this with a vibrant contemporary cultural scene and some excellent nightlife.
When: Head out to Lombardy in the midsummer months for some glorious Mediterranean sunshine and an unforgettable holiday of outdoors pursuits and fantastic cuisine.
Where: You have to see Lake Como or one of its sister lakes. They boast some of the best scenery anywhere in the country and offer excellent hiking routes and water sports opportunities. Surrounded by gorgeous little towns, they offer excellent restaurants and some fantastic hotels.
Why: Because the lakes of Lombardy offer opportunities for sailing, kite surfing and water skiing. You could go hiking through the hills surrounding the lakes and enjoy some stunning views. There are also a number of golf courses in the region.
When: Why not head out to Lombardy in the early summer. You'll miss the bulk of the midsummer school holiday crowds whilst still catching some gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine!
Where: Bergamo is a stunning medieval city in the foothills of the Alps. Comprised of the Citta Bassa and the Citta Alta, it boasts a rich arts heritage and a wealth of fantastic churches, chapels and museums.
Why: Because there can be few things more romantic than a holiday in one of Italy's most immaculately preserved medieval cities. The Piazza Vecchia is renowned for being one of the most beautiful of Italy's public squares and it is a great place to lap up some of the Dolce Vita!
When: Why not head out to Lombardy in the christmas holidays for a week in the gorgeous ski resorts that neighbour the Swiss border?
Where: Valtellina is formed of three major skiing regions - Alta Valtellina, Aprica Val Malenco and Val Chiavenna. There are some excellent long descents here and a couple of hundred kilometres of pistes.
Why: Valtellina boasts some gorgeous skiing resorts and some fantastic conditions whilst enjoying considerably less crowds than the more well known French and Swiss Alpine resorts.