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- City: Milano
- Region: Lombardia
- Province: Milano
- Zona: North Italy
- Coordinates: 45°27′50.98″N 9°11′25.21″E
- Surface: 181,76 km²
- Population: 1 345 890 (by 31/03/2012)
- Patron Saint: Sant'Ambrogio
- Saint Day: 7 December
- Web site: Official Web Site
Milano is the regional city of Lombardia.
Milano is one of the second biggest city in Italy after Roma and it is the center of the most populated metropolitan center of Italy and one of the most populous in Europe. Milano is very important city for all North Italy, it is a city of alive business, lots of international exhibition, study, culture and sport.
Milano was founded by Insubri (Celtic people), beginning of the sixth century BC, The city was conquered by the Romans in 222 BC and was called Mediolanum, gradually increased its importance until it became one of the seats of the Roman Empire in the West. During its history assumes a variety of roles, including capital and main political and cultural center, the Duchy of Milan during the Renaissance and the capital of the Kingdom of Italy during the Napoleonic period.
From the nineteenth century Milano is the most important center in publishing and book publishing related to information. The city is at the top of the world music circuit thanks to the theater of La Scala and its long operatic tradition.
Milan became the "Italian Economic Capital" during the industrial revolution involving Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century, including Torino and Genova, that are forming the "Industrial Triangle".
During the last century Milano has stabilized its economic and productive role and became the largest financial market in Italian.
Milano is one of the world capitals of fashion and industrial design.
In the surrounding of Milano, in the town of Rho are situated the poles of the Milan Fair, moved there in the recent past due to lack of space in the historical, the largest exhibition center in Europe.
What to see in Milano?
The most interesting things to see in Milano are in the historical center of the city.
Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano (the Cathedral of Milan), called Santa Maria Nascente is rising in the main square in Milano. It is a notable Basilica if the city and you should not miss also to go up to the cathedral.
Teatro della Scala
A short distance from the Duomo is the eighteenth century Teatro alla Scala, one of the most famous opera houses in the world. A beautiful covered Gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II is connecting Piazza della Scala and Piazza del Duomo. The covered high and very light passage is made by iron structures and sight glass in eclectic style.
Castello Sforzesco in Milano is a historical palace of the city, originally conceived as a purely military structure and later it was redesigned as a stylish court for the lords of the city.
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a basilica and shrine in Milano.
Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
On the east of the center of Milano is located on of the oldest church the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio. It is considered the second most important church of the city.
There are two interesting Legends related to two of the columns in Basilica d Sant'Ambrogio:
Museums and Art Galleries
Milano is also rich of museums and art galleries, the most famous is certainly the Pinacoteca di Brera, which together with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is the network of the most famous art galleries in Milano.
Another notable museums circuit is formed by the house museum in Milan. La Triennale di Milano, home to exhibitions of the modern art form with the PAC exhibition venues for contemporary art in Milan. In addition to these museums we could include the scientific museum and dozens of smaller museums such as the museums of the Castello Sforzesco.
How to go to Milano?
- By Air
For more information visit the web site of on the following airports:
Milano Malpensa - International Airport Milano - Terminal 1
Milano Malpensa - International Airport Milano - Terminal 2
Milano Linate - International Airport Linate
Bergamo Airport - Orio al Serio International Airport
- By Train
Milano is situated in an important crossroad for the passengers and freight rail traffic.
The Central Railway Station of Milano is the second one for traffic of passengers in Italy after the one in Termini, Roma.
The other important railway station in Milano are Porta Garibaldi Station, Lambrate and Rogoredo, dedicated especially to the regional transport.
The city is served by Suburban Rail ("S line"), which provides frequent connections in an area of about 40 km radius. A 9 km tunnel that crosses the city from the north -west to south-east, offering many points of interchange with the underground and urban transport.
Point of exchange between the regional and suburban services are "door stations" Rogoredo, Rho Fiera and Pioltello-Limito.
For more information visit the Italian Railway web site.
- By Car
Going to Milano you should have in consideration that the city have a very big traffic such inside as in all the surroundings and highway all around tangential way (tangenziale). The main center if Milano is so crowded and there is almost impossible to park you car there.
So why the better way to go to Milano is to go there with public transport or if you are with a car to leave your car in the surrounding where starts the bus lines or Metropolitan of Milano.
- Go Around
The urban public transport in Milano is served by the ATM - Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (Milan Public Transportation) and it serves the city and a large part of the province.
Milano is the first in Italy and third in Europe, after London and Barcelona that provides the bike sharing service with two hundred stations and 3650 bicycles available to users at the end of 2012. This is a good way to reach the central parts of the city especially during the days of forbidden traffic in the center of Milano.
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Map of Milano