All you have to know about Milan, Italy
Milan, known for devotion to fashion and design, is the principle city of Northern Italy and a major economic force in Europe. The population of Milan and the surrounding area is over 7,400,000 making it the third largest metropolitan area in Europe. Located in the lush agricultural fields of Lombardy, it is a thriving commercial center and one of the richest EU cities, with luxury brands like Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Prada and Giorgio Armani headquartered here.Fashion is a cornerstone of Milan life and shopping the favorite pastime. The oldest shopping mall is said to be the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo.
Other plush specialty shops line the area and all the well known designers are represented. Milan is also a cultural hub with many Art and Historical museums and the legendary La Scala Opera House, which has recently been given a face lift. The art of fashion is put on display regularly during the evening hours when locals gather in cafes and along the promenade, dressed to the nines. Sport is also well represented in Milan which boasts a major soccer team and hosted several World Cup and European Champion League finals over the years.
Milan’s rich history is reflected in its castles, palaces and the Duomo or historical site of government. The Borsa Italiana, or Italian Stock Exchange is an interesting place to visit in Milan, as is the new Exhibition Center and trade Fair complex, Fiera Milano. It is easy to see all of Milan’s sites by using one of the three subway lines or the tramway system, which has more than 20 lines that traverse the metropolitan area. A metro runs from the San Raffaele Hospital to the Cascina Gobba station and there are over 93 bus lines. Milan is one of Italy’s main rail centers, with connections to all parts of Italy and throughout Europe.
Milan is serviced by two international airports, Malpensa and Linate and many international airlines. Both airports have transfer connections to the city center and many hotels. There is a host of hotels in Milan that range from 5 star luxury to simple pensions and hostels. It is a city famous for its risotto based cuisine and fine wines. Lombardy is truffle country and they are a favorite ingredient in many Milanese dishes. Coffee is a tradition here and is often accompanied by Pannetone, a rich cake that is a local specialty. Milan is a fascinating visit whatever your tastes.
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The skyscrapers in the city are abundantly found around Mussolini's gigantic train station. From this place, you can view the sleek Pirelli Tower which is another destination spot for tourists and locals alike. You can also find fashion and trade fairs along Fiera District. But despite the city's love for modernity, it is still a home to many historical spots. The buildings alone are enough to suffice the onlooker's traditional expectations of the city of Milan.When to Visit Milan Mid summer is the best time to visit the city. During this season, the stifling hot and humid weather allows visitors to see the most beautiful lakes in Milan.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Milan
What to know about Milan before you get there - Aug 14, 2008, by vcppow
The history of Milan is as interesting and complicated as that of any importantcity. Milan began as an ancient Celtic settlement around 600BC and was added to the Roman Empire in 222BC. By the 4th century, Mediolanum, its Roman name, was... Read more »
The best clubs and parties in Milan - Aug 15, 2008, by vcppow
Night life in Milan is fascinating because it is constantly changing. Of course there are tried and true institutions that never go out of fashion, but new places constantly spring up and become popular overnight, their features spread by... Read more »
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