"Milano" Milan by MM212

Milan Travel Guide: 2,839 reviews and 7,127 photos

Italy's industrial centre, Milan, traces its roots back to the Celts who dominated Europe in ancient times, but it was the Romans who gave it the Latin name Mediolanum when they conquered it in the 3rd century BC. The city has since grown in importance to become Italy's second and its economic backbone. It is also one of the world's most prestigious fashion and design centres, as evidenced by its incredible shopping district. The most famous sights for any visitor include il Duomo - the magnificent Gothic cathedral, Teatro alla Scala - the world renowned opera house, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, not to mention the famous painting of the Last Supper.

My first visit to Milan was in Dec 2006 while in transit between New York City and Damascus. I had the opportunity to spend 5 hours in the city centre, but it was barely enough time to quickly glance at the most important highlights. I have been fortunate enough to return again a few of times, though all on business and for short periods of time (rarely enough to do additional sightseeing), and have enjoyed every visit. I find the central district (il Centro) beautiful and with similar energy and style to Paris or London, despite many warnings of the horrors of Milan. Indeed, many parts of Milano are not Italy's best foot forward, but if this is the worst Italy has to offer, it is still wonderful!

Trips to Milan:
Dec 2006 (5 hours)
Sep 2012 (5 hours)
Apr 2013 (2 nights)
Nov 2013 (1 night)
May 2014 (1 night)

  • Last visit to Milan: May 2014
  • Intro Updated May 16, 2014
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    At least you had time to see a few beautiful places in Milan and were lucky with the weather. I will visit for a couple of days for the first time in February.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2008 at 6:52 AM

    Thanks for the sneak preview of Milan. Milan is a "necessary evil" for ME-based tourists looking for a gateway to northern Italy. Hope you get the chance to visit the city soon...for a longer time.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    I'm leaving tomorrow morning for my first-ever visit to Milan -- hope I have blue skies like you did!

  • makiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Hi, My work is sending me back to Milan so im very excited. Will explore other places after finished with work. Nice pages on Italy, thanks, Rob

  • rubbersoul75's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 6:59 AM

    Solid page for 5 hrs! Nice travelogues, particularly the duomo. Sorry about the meal.. Yes, Firenze page.. if you book a flight, let me know & I promise to compile some tips!

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