At first glance, Milano may seem like a two-day destination at most; a place to do business, shop, pop into the Last Supper and whiz past the Duomo. But there is far more to savor in this elegant Lombardy city than meets the eye, as it is Italy’s most stylish and dazzling city, as well as one of the most historically significant, if you know where to look.
Milan is the main financial, industrial and commercial center of Italy. It is Italy’s most international and dynamic city, where foreign-born citizens make up almost 17% of the resident population. Is also known as ‘The Fashion Capital of the World’ for the many brands and shops that are based in the city. It is home to Italy’s biggest banks and insurers, as well as the Italian Stock Exchange. The football clubs based in Milan, F.C. Internazionale & AC Milan are among the best in the world and are a source of pride for many Milanese.
Culturally it boasts some world renowned attractions such as the “Duomo”, the world’s fourth-largest church; the “Cenacolo Vinciano”, Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper; the “Teatro alla Scala”, Milan’s famous and fabulous opera house and the “Castello Sforzesco”, which houses a collection of modern museums that are well stocked with impressive antiquities.
Its unique location allows you to reach the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, the Alps and Italy’s most beautiful lakes (Lago di Como, Lago Maggiore and Lago di Garda) in just a few hours. Other cities in Italy and Europe are also easily reached by train (Verona, Genoa, Venice & Bergamo, Zurich) or short flight (Rome, Naples & Palermo, Munich). If you are coming from further abroad, Milan is also the ideal base for exploring Europe. Its airports service most European capitals and given their proximity you will only be flying for a short while.
Facts & Figures:
Population: 1.3 million
(including surrounding metropolitan area: 4 million)
Created by: Celts in c. 396 BC as Mediolanum
Time: GMT +1 (Summer Time +2)
Postal code: 20100, 20121-20162
Dialing code: 02
Patron saint: Ambrose
Saint’s day: 7 December
Major industries: manufacture of textiles and garments, chemical, cars, mechanical tools, heavy machinery, iron and steel, tourism; shipbuilding
Cost of living:
According to the yearly Mercer survey, Milan ranked 30th in the list of Most Expensive Cities in the World in 2014. For the updated report, you can visit their website.
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