travelgrove Reviews
 

What to know about Milan before you get there, Italy

 
    Milan's map
vcppow's pictureby vcppow review
added on 14th of August, 2008

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 the second largest city in Europe and capital of the Western Empire. The city was plundered by Attila the Hun in 452 and nearly totally destroyed in 541 during the Greco-Gothic war.

The Lombards took over what remained of Milan in 569, made it their capital and set Milan on the road to recovery.By the 11th century, Milan regained its prominence and prosperity, while embattled with the Papal Church and various emperors. By the end of the century, Milan led several Italian cities in becoming independent from the Holy Roman Empire and continued to enjoy prosperity thought the Middle ages.Milan’s premier family during this time, the Viscontis, annexed several other cities including Brescia, and Parma. The brothers Galeazzo and Bernabò Visconti combined efforts to conquer Pavia which was then given to Galeazzo and later his son Gian Galeazzo Visconti. Bernabo ruled Milan with an iron fist and tried to take his brother’s land and add it to his rule.

Gian Galeazzo put him in prison and became the ruler of the joint territory. He annexed most of Northern Italy, all city states except Florence and Venice. Upon his death, the empire was divided between Giovanni Maria Visconti and Filippo Maria Visconti; Giovanni was named duke, which led to his assassination and, since Filippo had no male heirs, the Visconti line ended with his death in 1447.Milan was blessed with prosperity and luck, being one of the few cities of Europe that was spared from Plague of 1349.

The families of the Visconti and Sforza ruled the city and sponsored the artists Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. Filippo Visconti's daughter married Francesco Sforza, a sheriff of sorts. His role was to guard the city state but instead he assumed power and began the Sforza line. He was succeeded by Galeazzo Maria Sforza, a cruel man who was assassinated in 1476. leaving his 7-year-old son to rule Milan with the help of Ludovico Sforza. Know popularly as Ludovico the Moor, he was a man with cultivated tastes who sponsored education. Later, Gian Galeazzo married a woman from Naples and they tried to lessen Ludovico’s power. He, in turned, allied himself with Charles VIII of France, who later took control of Milan, only to be conquered by CharlesV of Spain.

Milan remained under this rule until the 18th century when Austria assumed rule. Eventually, the city states of Italy assumed independence and banded together in the late 1800’s. Throughout the changes in leadership, Milan continued to grow and prosper.Unfortunately, Milan’s prominence as an industrial city made it a prime bombing target during WWII, even after the city surrendered in 1943. Milan sustained a great deal of damage and entire neighborhoods were lost.

Milan was successfully reconstructed and has regained its status as a financial center. However 60% of Milan’s oldest buildings in the city center were destroyed, or so badly damaged during the bombing that they required demolition. The loss of so many buildings erected over the span of 1000 years is inestimable, but has resulted in Milan being a modern city with many new buildings designed by prominent 20th century architects.

 

Things about Milan you may be interested in

 
 

Read about Milan in our travel-guide
All you have to know about MilanThe best clubs and parties in Milan
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Milan Guide

Milan Travel guide

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 »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Milan

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 »

All you have to know about Milan - Aug 14, 2008, by vcppow
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... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Salzburg reviews - Austria
Salzburg is a really nice city, historically and because of the sights. First thing probably everybody knows, it's the birthplace of Mozart, the...
Why go to Salzburg

Stuttgart reviews - Germany
Wo liegt Stuttgart? Stuttgart liegt in Deutschlanf in Baden-Wüttemberg. Außerdem ist Stuttgart die Hauptstadt Baden-Wüttembergs....
Kurzer Leitfaden für Stuttgart

 

Peniscola reviews - Spain
Peniscola (Stadt im Meer) Über Peniscola Peniscola liegt mitten im spanischen Mittelmeer. Auf der Insel fehlen Orangen-, Oliven- und...
Sie müssen sehen Peniscola

Dhelfoi reviews - Greece
The city hasn't got too much importance, it has had during the ancient greek period. It's a small town, offering the same as every other tourist...
Visit the Oracle of Delphi

 

Levanto reviews - Italy
This is a nice place, great for everybody who wants to have some beach break and also nature you can walk through. Here the so called 'cinque...
Great beaches at Levanto

Manila reviews - Philippines
We booked our flight going to Manila for a 2am flight. My husband who is really very keen on following rules, policies etc said we should be there...
My Airplane Trip to Manila

 

Arieseni reviews - Romania
On Sunday we woke up in the morning, ate something, and then we went to ski a bit. But after a couple of hours we felt that we are too tired, my...
Having great time in Arieseni

Barstow reviews - California
We got up and were all fresh again after a good night rest at the hotel. We didn't even bother grabbing breakfast and were planning to eat some...
Shopping in Barstow

 

Las Vegas reviews - Nevada
Population: 478,434 Major Airports: McCarran International Airport (LAS) When to Go: The summers are scorching hot, but this is one of the...
Getting around in Vegas

Santa Barbara reviews - California
Santa Barbara, which is a halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles is easily the most gorgeous and I've ever been to by far....
Santa Barbara

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*