It’s not hard to find good reading material about Lombardy. There’s a wealth of travel guides to choose from, and many books that highlight the impressive art that was created and still featured here. Here’s a sampling of just a few.

Check out “Lombardy and the Italian Lakes” by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, features 600 suggestions for where to stay, a selection of 600 good restaurants and bars to choose from, and more than 50 maps and plans. This book features one of the most useful features for travelers – suggested itineraries for a variety of travelers, from wine enthusiasts to nature lovers.

Art lovers will enjoy “Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy”. This book was originally designed to be a supplement to an exhibit in Italy and the United States, but it is considered an important tome in the realm of art history and an essential for art lovers headed to Lombardy.

If the Lombardy region interests you because of its fashion capital status, pick up a copy of “Time Out Milan: The Lakes and Lombardy”. This book highlights all the usual suspects – dining, the landscape’s beauty, and the dining scene – but also the fashion scene, the thriving gallery and artists scene and information about the mountain region’s spas and ski resorts.