Milan (Milano in Italian) is the second-largest city in Italy. It is located in northern central Italy, in the Lombardy region, of which it is capital. Milan can be taken different ways depending on the viewer. To some, it is a city with beautiful architecture, to others it is a city rich with culture and culinary options, and to others still, it may seem to be a cold and heartless place where only money can buy happiness.
Milan is the financial capital of Italy, and many large Italian corporations are headquartered here. The Italian stock exchange is also located here. Because of the wealth of the city, things can seem to be priced much higher here than in the rest of Italy. Even with the sometimes exorbitant pricing, there are plenty of food and cultural options to accommodate even the most budget-conscious traveler, and hopefully so; Milan is a city that has much to offer and shouldn’t be missed.
The city has some truly stunning architecture. The famous Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) is one of the largest cathedrals in the world, and its Gothic structure is breathtaking. Nearby is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, simply known as the Galleria or “the Gallery,” which is a shopping area with a beautiful high portico. There are numerous other churches and buildings to see from centuries past, and remnants of the old Roman Empire still exist here and there.
Beside the exquisite architecture, Milan is home to many museums, institutions, and famous works of art. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Last Supper painting is housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Art museums are everywhere, and just as this city is world-famous for its fashion today, it played a huge role in art throughout the ages. Castello Sforzesco is a huge castle that houses the Pinacoteca, where some works by Michelangelo are displayed, as well as museums of ancient art, archaeology, and musical instruments. La Scala is a renowned opera house near the Duomo and also shouldn’t be missed.
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Free Downloadable PDF Guide to Milan
The “Guide to the City of Milan” is published by De Agostini Editore together with the Tourism and Local Marketing sector of the Municipality of Milan. Why pay for a guide from a third-party when you can get this one free, straight from the official tourism board? View or download the guides in Italian, English or Spanish by clicking on the links below:
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