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City of Milan

Milan, the City of Italy, known all around the world as the international center of fashion, design, style and contemporary creativity

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Milan, a City to Visit

The capital of the Lombardy region, Milan is the second most populous city in Italy after Rome (1.3 million inhabitants) and the economic capital of the country. It is located in the heart of the Po Valley (the largest in Italy), in a network of rivers (including the Po and the Ticino), navigable canals, and lakes (Lake Como).

Mediolanum

Founded around 590 BC by a Celtic tribe, it was conquered by the ancient Romans in 222 BC and called “Mediolanum” (meaning “in the middle of the plain”). Over the centuries, its importance grew until it became the capital of the Western Roman Empire, a period in which the Edict of Milan (313 AD) was promulgated, granting all citizens, including Christians, the freedom of worship.

Testimonies

The Roman poet Ausonius described it at the end of the 4th century as: “In Mediolanum, everything is worthy of admiration. There are great riches and many noble houses. The population is of great ability, eloquence, and affability. The city has expanded and is surrounded by a double circle of walls. There is the circus, where the people enjoy the shows, the theater with its wedge-shaped seating, the temples, the fortress of the imperial palace, the mint. The colonnaded courtyards are adorned with marble statues. Its buildings are more imposing than one another, as if they were rivals.”

Northern Character

Milan has been at the center of the political and cultural life of Renaissance Italy. Subsequently, in the early 16th century, it was first dominated by the Spanish Empire and, about two centuries later, by the Austrian crown, under whose rule it became one of the main centers of the Italian Enlightenment. In the 19th century, it was the capital of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy and, after the Restoration, one of the most active centers of the Risorgimento until its entry into the Savoyard Kingdom of Italy. All these influences, as well as its geographical location, have developed a special, much more “northern” character in Milan compared to the rest of Italy south of the city.

 

The “Milan Salon”

Much of Milan’s artistic and architectural heritage is located in the historic center, whose current appearance is the result of numerous urban redevelopments carried out between the Unification of Italy and the post-war period. The symbolic monument of the city known as the Milan Cathedral, located in the eponymous square, is the center of the city’s economic and cultural life. A short distance away, connected by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (a covered passage with exposed iron and glass structures in eclectic style, inaugurated in 1877 and popularly known as the “Milan Salon”), is the Teatro alla Scala (1778), one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Another symbolic monument of Milan is the Sforza Castle, originally conceived as an exclusively military structure, but later redesigned as an elegant court for the city’s lords.

Dinner with Leonardo

Not far away are the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, considered the second most important church in the city, and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where the famous Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located.

Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Moral Capital of Italy

The main economic and financial center of the country, Milan is today the Italian capital of publishing, at the top of the global music and opera circuit, of international trade fairs of all kinds (automotive, art, design, furniture, etc.), as well as one of the world capitals of fashion.

MILAN Concise Guide

Tours and Activities in the city of Milan

  • Milan, Last Supper

    Full-day Private Tour of Milan

    Milan 212,00458,00

    Private tour of Milan, a personalized 6-hour tour, an ideal gift for a corporate award, a special anniversary, a birthday, or a wedding gift!

    Milan | Guided Tour | Private | 6 hrs.

  • Milan Private Tour

    Milan 157,00324,00

    Private tour of Milan, don't miss this opportunity to experience the essence of Milan with somebody who live there!

    Milan | Guided Tour | Private | 3 hrs.

  • Venice Private Day Trip From Milan

    Milan 265,00494,00

    An Exclusive Day Trip to Venice from Rome, all included! 1st class Train tickets, Private Guide in Venice, skip the line to the Basilica of Saint Mark and transfer by boat along the Gran Canal

    Venice | Private Tour | 1st class High speed | 1 day

  • Build your Holiday in Italy

    Holidays in Rome

    Built your Italy Tour from Milan, Visit Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence, and optional tour to Pompeii, the Island of Capri, Sorrento Coast

    Italy | 4 stars | High speed | 10 days

  • Milan, Last Supper

    Italy Tour from Milan

    Italy Luxury Trips

    Italy Tour from Milan, Visit Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence

    Italy | 4 stars | High speed | 10 days

  • Milan to Genova and Cinque Terre Italy Rail Tour

    Holidays in Rome

    Italy Rail Tour, an independent tour to visit Milan, Genova, La Spezia,  the enchanting 5 Terre, the tour ends in Rome

    Italy | 4 stars | High speed | 6 days

  • Luxury Tour Package Milan

    Italy City Breaks 1.095,00

    Customized Luxury Tour Package for your vacation in Milan

    Milan | 5* | Private Tours | Private car | 4 days

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