The Lombards came into Italy from the north in the AD, apparently pushed south by a rather aggressive and expansive nomadic people called the Avars, about whom little is known. The Lombards met with almost no resistance.
Tourists know Colmar (France) as the capital of Alsatian wine, an ultra-classy white variety. They also know Colmar for its quaint canals. Long ago, the canals in Colmar& & Venice& were buzzing with butchers, fishmongers and tanners.
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