Next time you are in Milan, or in the surrounding areas, get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go breathe some fresh air in the countryside!
I recommend you go on a day trip to a nice little town located up in the mountains about 30 km northeast of Milan, and only 15 kilometers from Lecco, in the region of Lombardy.
Montevecchia translated in English “the Old Mountain” is a middle-aged city in the heart of the lovely nature park “Valle del Curone”. This cute little town of 2,500 habitants dominates the valley.
On Sundays you can come across many trail trekkers discovering the 2.4 hectares of rich elements. The park is very diverse where you can find assigned areas dedicated to agriculture and breeding as well as architectural monuments of great artistic and cultural value.
A few years ago, a group of Italian archeologists found out that three pyramids were built under those hills.
More precisely at 500 meters above sea level, one of the pyramids is currently under the Sanctuary Beata Vergine del Carmelo. The view from the top is just breathtaking!
You can see the Alps in the distance, endless rows of the surrounding vineyards, the Nature Park and of course the countryside.
The old part of the city is pedestrian, no cars allowed. Its narrow and winding paved streets lead you to the main church of the village.
Close by is the well-preserved Villa Albertoni-Agnesi once property of the famous Italian Mathematician Gaetana Agnesi. It is a must see because of the rococo architecture with balustrade, wrought iron balconies and a nice garden still showing another impressive view.
Food lovers will definitely fall for Montevecchia! There are many places where to taste local cheese, salumi and several varieties of regional wine.
I definitely would recommend walking on a little path that is close to the Villa Albertoni which goes downhill and takes you directly to Taverna Galeazzine. It is a friendly and welcoming restaurant, affordable and very traditional. Delicious dishes are prepared with fresh locals products. It truly makes a wonderful culinary trip!
Have you been to Lombardy? Where did you go?
Any recommendations you have for us?
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Amandine Dowle, a French photographer and serial expat currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.