4 Enogastronomic itineraries of Lombardy: the roads of wine and flavors

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Martí Micolau

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Travel and cooking they are an ideal combination; two passions that marry perfectly. During a trip you come into contact with a new culture: you listen to the language, pay attention to the customs and above all taste the specialties of the host people. In short, being gluttons is a condition that unites every self-respecting traveler. It also happens that the "particularly gluttonous" choose itineraries precisely "according" to food and eating well. Fortunately, our country, from this point of view, provides excellent ideas. Today we introduce you 4 paths proposed by the Federation of Roads of Wines and Flavors of Lombardy: ideal solutions to discover and appreciate typical local products, traditional dishes ed wine excellences of the region...


  1. Route of wine and flavors of the Varesine Valleys
  2. Wine Route of Valtellina
  3. Franciacorta Wine Route
  4. Mantuan Truffle Road
  5. User questions and comments

1 - Wine and Flavors Route of the Varesine Valleys

The first proposal concerns the Road of Flavors of the Varesine Valleys. A route that affects the mountainous area of province of Varese, and specifically the Valceresio, Valcuvia, Valganna, Valmarchirolo and Valli del Luinese. In truth, this particularly vast territory lends itself to being visited following different routes. If you have time available we recommend a marathon of all the incredible cultural, historical, artistic and food and wine treasures that the area offers. If not, we advise you to select what interests you most, choosing the most suitable path. Whichever of the three options you choose, you will be able to admire the astonishing scenic beauty that characterizes these places.

  • Place to visit:

    The first of the viable routes leads to the discovery ofHermitage of Santa Caterina and Lake Maggiore, continues with the visit of Campo dei Fiori Regional Park, of the pretty municipal hamlets of the hinterland, of Cloister of Voltorre and the nearby Isolino Virginia, of the Documentary Center of the "Linea Cadorna" and finally of the Villa della Porta Bozzolo and Painted Town of Arcumeggia.

    The second solution involves visiting important places such as the Abbey of San Gemolo and the Painted Town of Boarezzo, Il Maglio di Ghirla, The Argentera Park, Lake Ceresio and the places of the old defensive military frontier known as "Linea Cadorna". And again the natural history museum of Induno Olona and the civic museum of the Fossilli di Besano, finally, the villages of Marzio and Brusimpiano.

    The third way allows the visit of the Country Painted Runo and Mills of Curiglia Monteviasco, and ends with a total immersion in the landscapes of Val Veddasca and Passo Forcora

  • Wines and typical products:
    Among the mountains and valleys of the province of Varese are typical products such as Luinese cheese DOP branded, Varese acacia honey, and special goat salamis. Among the wines produced here, the Ronchi Varesini IGT.
  • Traditional dishes:
    Along the stages of the itinerary it will be possible to stop at farmhouses and local restaurants, where you can enjoy traditional meat-based dishes such as roast kid, boiled, braised and bruscitt, a particular cut of coarsely chopped meat and in usually accompanied with polenta.

2 - Wine Route of Valtellina

The Wine Route runs through the Valtellina and Valchiavenna touching all the places related to production of renowned red wines. Here, too, there is no lack of important historical and cultural testimonies: among rock carvings, castles, palaces and sanctuaries.

  • Places to visit:
    The region is divided into five geographical areas (Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno, Baruffini) which can be visited through circuits that can be traveled by car, bicycle or on foot. Each of these areas specializes in the production of wine and offers entertainment and tourist solutions. The municipalities affected by the route are berbenno, Chiavenna, Morbegno, Castione Andevenno, Sondrio, Tirano, Bormio, Pogg buyers e Chiuro.
  • Wines and typical products:
    Among the typical products are the Bresaola and PGI Apples, but also Berries and chestnuts. Among the wines it must be mentioned Sforzato di Valtellina also called "sfursat" and the Rosso Valtellina Superiore DOCG.
  • Traditional dishes:
    Among the specialties not to be missed are the Pizzoccheri At Valtellinese polenta taragna and the tasty ones sciatt, pancakes stuffed with cheese.

3 - Franciacorta Wine Route

La Franciacorta is a hilly area between Lake Iseo and the city of Brescia, known throughout Italy for its winemaking tradition with a sparkling wine vocation. Twenty are common in this area.

  • Places to visit:
    The route leads between ancient abbeys and palaces, castles, medieval towers and other architecture, always paying particular attention to the precious cellars in which the Franciacorta Spumante is produced. Absolutely not to be missedmorainic amphitheater Lombard that extends from Brescia to Lake Iseo.
  • Wines and Typical Productsi:
    Here are produced specialties such as Quartirolo Lombardo PDO, Taleggio DOP el 'Laghi Lombardi DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Among the wines we naturally find the Franciacorta DOCG and also the Curtefranca DOC.
  • Traditional dishes:
    Among the traditional dishes to be enjoyed in Franciacorta we find the Missoltini Casonsèi, appetizing lake fish, the Beef in oil and Baked Tench, obviously accompanied with polenta.

4 - Mantuan Truffle Road

Finally we propose the Road of the Truffle, a path through which it is possible to rediscover the taste and traditions typical ofOltrepò Mantovano, a portion of Lombard territory on the border with Emilia Romagna. You can come into contact with a particularly suggestive natural environment and be surprised by the silence of the open countryside.
In the past this area of ​​Italy was a crossroads for peoples and ethnic groups, acquiring considerable value from a historical point of view. In these lands grows the Tuber magnatum Pico, a highly prized white truffle.

  • Places to visit:
    The starting point is undoubtedly city ​​of Mantua, one of the most beautiful in the whole region, particularly important from an artistic point of view for the beauty of its Renaissance historic center.

    From here you move towards the areas affected by the route. The itinerary, suitable for young and old, starts from Borgofranco Truffle Museum and leads the visitor to discover data and curiosities related to the discovery of the places dedicated to the precious delicacy.
  • Wines and Typical Products:
    In addition to Precious White Truffle, other typical products are cured meats, pear and mustard Mantovana, the Onion of Sermide, and the Lambrusco DOC as for the wines.
  • Traditional dishes:
    Among the traditional dishes to taste we find the famous pumpkin tortelli, agnoli in broth, and of course all the truffle-based specialties such as risotto, escalopes, tagliatelle and tortelli.

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