"Milan" Milan by leffe3

Milan Travel Guide: 2,882 reviews and 7,326 photos

Milan may pale in significance when it comes to tourist destinations in Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Sicily, Naples/Pompeii generally feature much higher on the 'must see' lists.

And while Milan may well be a bustling, frenetic industrial city, it's one of the wealthiest in Italy, has great appeal and has plenty of things to do to attract visitors - history, shopping (labels in particular!), contemporary design, world famous opera and theatre and, for sports fans, the home of two of the great soccer teams - AC Milan and Internazionale. An extremely efficient local transport system makes it very easy to move around and the city is less than an hour by train from Lake Como and Maggiore.

There's been a settlement for more than 2,500 thousand years, and its been an important trading location since the Roman Empire, when it was a major town known as Mediolanum.

Controlling the routes into the Alps and the plains of the River Po ensured that not only was the city prosperous but also a target for conquering armies, and the city has a long history of occupation - from the Romans, the Austrians, the French, including Napoleon, who named the city the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (a position it did not hold for very long!).

The city grew steadily wealthy throughout its history - as indicated by the stunning cathedral - and it was a leading exponent of the Renaissance under the Sforzas, patron of, among others, Leonardo da Vinci.

In more recent times, the Fascist movement of Mussolini's Blackshirts was organised in Milan and the subsequent World War II allied with the Germans resulted in heavy bombing of the city. The bodies of Mussolini and several members of his Italian Social Republic were hung upside down in the Piazzale Loreto at the end of WWII.

The city experience a post-war boom with many migrants from both southern Italy and overseas settling in Milan, resulting in it being one of the most culturally diverse cities in Italy.

And, with its cathedral, many churches and abbeys of major significance, those two soccer teams, La Scala opera house, the Teatro Piccolo and the home of Italian design and fashion, Milan is a magnet for tourism.

It's ultimately an exciting, boisterous city.

  • Last visit to Milan: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2011
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2005 at 4:43 AM

    Another spectacular photo to introduce your pages. I love your emphasis on architecture.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2003 at 8:19 AM

    Milan is a wonderful city and you have captured many beautiful pictures of it. It brings back many memories for me.

  • Amitu's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2003 at 6:15 PM

    great insights-thanks for sharing

  • bonio's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2003 at 3:06 PM

    Thx for the tips, I'm in Milan next weekend!


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