Lombardy (Italian Lombardia) is a region in northern Italy between the Alps and the Po Valley. Lombardy's capital is Milan, and the region is divided into the following provinces, all named after their capital cities:
- Brescia (weapon industries)
- Como (silk industries)
- Pavia (one of the most ancient universities)
- Varese (shoe industries)
The region is named for the Lombards or Langobardi, who came to this region after the fall of the (western) Roman Empire. There was a close relationship between the Frankish, Bavarian and Lombard nobility for many centuries.
The current (October 2002) president of Lombardy is Roberto Formigoni