Milan, Italy - The Traveller


Monday, February 16, 2015

Milan, Italy

Milan – Italy’s Largest Urban & Metropolitan Area

Milan is the 2nd most populuous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. It is also financially an important city in Italy and situated at the centre of Italy’s largest urban and metropolitan area. Though it is not considered beautiful as some of the other Italian cities, being partly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, the city has been rebuilt into a cosmopolitan business capital.

Milan when compared to other places is interesting due to the fact that the city is more about lifestyle, of enjoying worldly pleasures, a paradise for shopping, football, opera and nightlife.Milan is also famous for its wealth of historical as well as modern sights like the Duomo which is one of the largest and the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world.

 The gilt bronze statue of the Virgin Mary which is placed on the highest pinnacle of the Duomo in 1774 has become one of the most enduring symbols of Milan. La Scala is one of the best established opera house, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele is an ancient and a glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery has some of the finest artistic works in Europe.

 The Pirelli tower is a majestic example of the 1960s modern Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica contains one of the worlds’ famous paintings namely the Leonardo da Vince’s – The Last Supper.

Grand Palaces & Churches

At first glance, Milan seems to be a bustling and quite stylish metropolis with a good variety of grand palaces as well as fine churches at its centre though it seems slightly prosaic, business orientated and a soulless place. On a rainy, grey or foggy weather, some of the buildings, some ancient while others modern; tend to display a severe appearance.

Milan is a diverse city filled with history at every corner with a plethora of hidden gem together with an established history in theatre, literature, music, sport, art and fashion etc. Milan is the main industrial, financial and the commercial centre of Italy as well as a leading global city and its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana and the headquarters of the biggest national banks and companies. Besides this, the city is also a major world fashion and design capital and its museums, landmarks and theatres which include the Milan Cathedral is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.

Known for Various International Events & Fairs

The UNESCO World Heritage Site draws over 6 million visitors every year. Milan hosts various cultural institutions and universities with the enrolment of over 185,000 students in 2011 which is 11% of the national total. Milan is also well known for various international events and fairs which include the Milan Fashion Week as well as the Milan Furniture Fair which was the largest of its kind in the world.

It will also host the 2015 Universal Exposition as well as the Design world Expo in the year 2016. Besides all this, Milan is also a home to two of the world’s major football teams namely A, C, Milan and F. C, Internazionale Milano.

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