Elegant, refined and even rather arrogant, Milan is fume-ridden, chaotic and totally beguiling by turn. A world-beater on the international fashion and design stages, the banking capital of Italy and the centre of industry in Lombardy, Milan is today a wealthy city of glamorous people, stylish shopping streets, incredible restaurants and an on-trend nightlife. As Italy’s second city, it’s driven by commerce, a thoroughly modern city with a glorious history – and one that it shows off at every possible opportunity.
And what a history. As well as the Roman ruins, the soaring duomo and its majestic piazza, the galleries stuffed full of priceless artworks and treasure-trove museums, Milan offers up more than 100 churches, charming pedestrianised Brera, Renaissance palaces, romantic castles and glorious parkland. Combine this with the sharp shopping in the gilded Quad d’Oro, the robust North Italian cuisine, the cool nightspots, and the surprising warmth of the people and you discover a sophisticated modern city with an ancient beating heart.
And when you are high on the buzz of the place, there’s nowhere better to sit and watch the world pass by than over an espresso at Zucca in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II right on the edge of Piazza Duomo – a gorgeous world of dagger-heeled, designer-clad fashionistas parading their bella figura for all it’s worth.
Inhabitants in Italy:: 59,500,000
Inhabitants in Milan:: 1,300,000
Official language: Italian
Time zone: CET, UTC+1
Emergency number: 112
Country phone code: +39
Country code: IT, ITA
Local transportation: Tram, bus, subway
|Inhabitants in Italy:||59,500,000|
|Inhabitants in Milan:||1,300,000|
|Time zone||CET, UTC+1|
|Country phone code||+39|
|Country code||IT, ITA|
|Local transportation||Tram, bus, subway|
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