The region is almost the heart of Northern Italy, bordered by Switzerland to the north, Piedmont to the west, Emilia Romagna to the south, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige to the east.
The main crops, especially in the wide Pianura Padana, are wheat, rice, maize, barley, and the region is first in Italy for farming, with a considerable production of meat, milk and dairy products. It is also the region where industry and finance are most developed, and Milan is the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange (Piazza Affari).