Welcome to Milan, Italy
Milan is a city in Italy, capital of the Lombardy region, and the most populous metropolitan area and the second most populous commune in Italy. The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that comprehends almost all the provinces of Lombardy, the Piedmont province of Novara, and some parts of the province of Piacenza. Milan is an Alpha leading global city.
Milan’s museums, theatres and landmarks attract over 9 million visitors annually.
Where is Milan ?
Milan is located in the northwestern section of the PO Valley, approximately halfway between the river Po to the south and the foothills of the Alps with the great lakes (Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano) to the north, the Ticino river to the west and the Adda to the east.
What to see in Milan ?
Milan is an Alpha leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare.
All the streets lead to the Dome. Officially, it’s the Cathedral of Milan. Take in the view from the Duomo roof, Milan’s extravagant Gothic cathedral, 600 years in the making, aptly reflects the city’s creativity and ambition. It is imposing interior contains some magnificent treasures but, for a truly breathtaking experience, climb the 150 steps (or take the lift) to the roof.
Step into a time capsule at Villa Necchi Campiglio, the house contains original 1930s furniture by architect Piero Portaluppi and wardrobes still crammed with the former owners’ fabulous designer clothes.
Fondazione Feltrinelli, Herzog & de Meuron’s first public building in Italy is a combination of two elongated, slanted structures that look reminiscent of a greenhouse.
Chiesa di San Maurizio, this 16th-century royal chapel and one-time Benedictine convent are Milan’s hidden crown jewel, every inch of it covered in breathtaking frescoes.
Castello Sforzesco, originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty, who ruled Renaissance Milan.
Do you like art ?
The world’s most famous opera house, the Teatro alla Scala, it’s a must see.
Visit some classic art galleries… the Pinacoteca di Brera contains one of the most important art collections in Italy. Smaller but with works every bit as important, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana houses The Musician, an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and a lock of Lucrezia Borgia’s strawberry blonde hair.
The Castello Sforzesco also happens to be home to one of the city’s most precious, yet often overlooked, artworks: Michelangelo’s final, uncompleted sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini.
The Last Supper, Milan’s most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie
Do you like shopping ?
With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade are definitely one of the world’s most glamorous (and oldest – it was built in 1867) shopping malls. Among its claims to fame is the planet’s first-ever Prada store, here since 1913. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani – and most recently, Versace – all have a presence.
Where to eat ?
Peck, Milan’s historic deli is a bastion of the city’s culinary heritage with three floors below ground dedicated to turning out the fabulously colorful display of foods that cram every counter.
Eataly , a cult destination dedicated to Italian gastronomy, this 5000-square-meter emporium showcases the best, locally sourced products over four huge floors.
Pasticceria Marchesi, this wood-panelled pasticceria has been baking since 1824 and turns out 10 different types of brioche alongside bigness, millefeuille, croissant, pralines and more.
Nightlife in Milan ?
The night is younger than you are. The city has one of the most robust electronic music scenes in Europe..
Botanical Club, this bar, bistro and gin distillery are Italy’s first foray into the micro-distillery trend.
VOLT, Milan’s youngest club is also its hippest, and has its sights firmly set on the European Top Club’s chart. Fully renovated, it now has a lighting and sound system designed in Berlin.
The Italian city of Milan is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals along with Paris, New York and London. Milan is always in season, it’s always crowded. Milan is famous for being a center of art, music and education since antiquity and as a center of fashion in modern times. It has a soul, and it offers soooo much. You will enjoy, visit Milan for a new experience.
As usual at the end, here are 10 sentences for communication:
- Do you speak English? – Parla Inglese?
- I don’t speak Italian – Non parlo Italiano
- I don’t understand – Non capisco
- Where is the toilet? – Dov’ è il bagno?
- Good morning – Buonamattina, Goodbye – Arrivederci
- I am sorry – Mi scusi ,Thank you – Grazie
- You are welcome – Prego
- Yes – Si, No – no
- My name is… – Mi chiamo..
- Hello – Buongiorno