In the neighbourhood

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CHIARAVALLE ABBEY
In the green setting of the Parco Agricolo Sud in Milan is the abbey that was the base of the agricultural colonisation of the lower Milan area.
Established in 1135 by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, it has a very impressive bell tower, which is made of marble and earthenware tiles. The tower is known as "ciribiciaccola" in a Milanese dialect rhyme. The abbey was originally a Cistercian monastery and is one of the first examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. and it was crucial to the economic development of the lower Milan area in the centuries that followed the establishment of the monastery.
To enter the complex, visitors must go through a 16th century tower built by order of the French king Louis XII. Next to it is the oratory dedicated to Saint Bernard in which the fresco of Christ in front of Pilate can be seen. The last part of the tour includes a visit to the 13th century Gothic cloisters and the chapterhouse, with graffiti by Bramante and frescoes. 

TOUR OF LAKE COMO
Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy, is surrounded by picturesque towns. During a private cruise on the lake, visitors will be able to admire the splendid villas near the coast, such as Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, now a luxury hotel with tropical gardens, and the Comacina Island (the lake's only island).
The boat will moor in the delightful town of Bellagio, on the central promontory of Capo del Lario [Cape Lario], one of the most beautiful tourist destinations by Lake Como and actually one of the world's main attractions – it is known as the 'pearl' of Lake Como.  The tour includes a visit to the gardens of Villa Melzi d'Eril, the first English garden in the Lario area.   

BORMIO AND THE STELVIO NATIONAL PARK
Set in the upper Valtellina region, Bormio is a great destination for tourists from Italy and abroad and its position offers visitors special access to the Stelvio National Park and the free port of Livigno. Known for its ancient traditions and local cuisine, the town is the ideal for people wishing to practise winter sports such as ice skating, sled dog activities, Nordic and Alpine skiing and snowboarding. There is plenty of choice for summer sports in the vast Stelvio National Park, such as mountain bike outings, mountain climbing, golfing, recreational fishing, archery and horse riding – just to mention a few. Wellness and relaxation activities are another very important sector of local tourism – there are three famous thermal baths in Bormio, the Terme di Bormio [Baths of Bormio], the Bagni Nuovi [New Baths] and the Bagni Vecchi [Old Baths]. 
 

PORANA, THE JEWEL OF THE OLTREPÒ PAVESE REGION 
Considered one of the most lovely towns in Italy according to the ANCI [Italian association of municipalities] census, the town of Porana is in the Oltrepò pavese region and offers visitors many attractions, ranging from traditional food and wine to buildings with amazing architectures.  The Church of San Crispino, in Porana, belongs to a building complex that includes the church itself and the lovely Villa Meroni, an 18th century residence. In 1883 the king of Italy, Umberto I, stayed in the villa while he was visiting the Oltrepò pavese area.