Visiting Milan can be a magical experience, as this northern Italian city is a center for fashion and culture. Here are some tips for visiting Milan.
Duomo di Milano
The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is one of the largest churches in the world. The impressive Cathedral of Milan, is a must-see for every visitor.
is a large city park in Milan, Italy. Established in 1888, it has an overall area of 386,000 m², and it is located in the historic centre of the city, inside the Zone 1 administrative division
Fiera Milano’s exhibition venue
Fiera Milano’s exhibition venue in Rho includes 20 large pavilions located on either side of a pedestrian walkway over 1 kilometre long. The site offers 345,000 square meters of covered exhibition space and 60,000 sq meters of outdoor exhibition space.
San Siro Stadium
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan, Italy
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, northern Italy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent
Sforza Castle is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification
Teatro alla Scala
La Scala is a world-renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala. The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta
The Royal Palace of Milan was the seat of government of the Italian city of Milan for many centuries, but today is an important cultural centre, home to expositions and exhibitions
History of Milan
Celtic tribes settled along the river Po in the 7th century BC, and the area encompassing modern-day Milan has remained inhabited since.
In 222 BC Roman legions marched into the territory, defeated the Gallic Insubres tribe and occupied the town, which they called Mediolanum (Middle of the Plain). Mediolanum’s key position on the trade routes between Rome and northwestern Europe ensured its continued prosperity and it was here in AD 313 that Emperor Constantine made his momentous edict granting Christians freedom of worship. By the end of the 4th century, Rome had been abandoned by the imperial court in favour of Mediolanum, and it functioned as the capital city of the collapsing Western empire.
A comune (town council) was formed by all social classes in the 11th century, and from the mid-13th century government passed to a succession of dynasties – the Torrianis, the Viscontis and finally the Sforzas. It fell under Spanish rule in 1535 and Austrian in 1713.
Napoleon made Milan the capital of his Cisalpine Republic in 1797 and, five years later, of his Italian Republic, crowning himself king of Italy in 1805. Austria returned in 1814 but troops under Vittorio Emanuele II and Napoleon III crushed the Austrian forces in 1859 and Milan became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
After WWI Mussolini, in Milan as editor of the socialist newspaper Avanti!, founded the Fascist Party here in 1919. WWII was the city’s darkest hour: allied bombings during WWII destroyed much of central Milan. Although postwar economic recovery was rapid, corruption quickly infiltrated the city.
In 1992 the Tangentopoli scandal broke, implicating thousands of Milanese politicians, officials and businesspeople, fashion designers Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani among them. A year later a Sicilian Mafia terrorist bomb exploded outside Milan’s contemporary art museum and in 1995 fashion tycoon Maurizio Gucci was shot dead outside his office on the same street.
Milan’s self-made big shot, Silvio Berlusconi, was elected Italian prime minister in 2001. Despite his legal and financial wrangles he became Italy’s longest-serving postwar leader until he was narrowly ousted by centrist Romano Prodi in 2006. The city’s mayoral race that year was also close, obliging new centre-right mayor, Letizia Moratti (the city’s first female mayor), to form a coalition government with the left.