Milan is one of Europe’s most accessible and welcoming cities. It is also Italy’s cultural, industrial and financial center and the second biggest city in Italy.
The museums and galleries in Milan are among the finest in Northern Italy, and many of the leading figures in the fields of Italian art, design and culture were either born in Milan or achieved success there.
Food, fashion and finance - those are the three raisons d'être of Italy's northern jewel. Milan may be the country's economic powerhouse but it's also a prime tourist destination, with world-class restaurants, beautiful boutique hotels, a newly resurgent music scene and stunning lake and mountain scenery on the doorstep.
Milan also has ancient origins: it was the capital of the Western Roman Empire and boasts a unique, world-famous artistic heritage, of which the best known is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.
Although this city was the Roman capital of the western half of the Empire, there are not many reminders of this period in Milan. The historic centre has no single dominating architectural style, and the buildings are perhaps more varied than any other city centre in Italy.
Today, the international centre of fashion and design, and a shoppers’ paradise, Milan is a vibrant, trendy city, brimming with things to do and see. Set against an enviable background: Lombard – dotted with charming cities of art – it is the region with the greatest expanse of natural parks and magnificent lakes surrounded by mountains such as Lake Como.
The Milan Duomo is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and the city’s symbol. Located in the city centre, with its golden statue “La Madonnina”, a trip to the top of the Duomo, where the views can be spectacular, is a “must”. This, together with the Sforzesco castle, La Scala theatre, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Santa Maria delle Grazie church – all within close distance of the city centre, will ensure your stay in Milan to be a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
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