Milan : The Style Capital of Italy
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy as well as of the province of Milan. It is one of the most important and stylish cities in Italy and is full of history. There are countless impressive buildings in the city that have tremendous character, in many different styles ranging from old Neo-classical Milanese palaces (palazzos) to ultra-modern towers and office blocks.
The climate in Milan is typically Mediterranean, with high temperatures and sunny days in the summer and colder, damper weather in the winter. July and August are usually very hot and temperatures tend to stay around 30°C for much of this time. Milan's low seasons tend to fall between April to June and September to October.
Milan Tourism and Attractions
Milan is a city rich in style and fashion and comes with more than its fair share of leading tourist attractions. When you first arrive in Milan, do treat yourself to a guided tour of the city, whether on foot or by bus, so that you can see what attractions are on offer and where exactly they are located.
Places to visit
Teatro alla Scala : This large opera house was built in 1776 by Giuseppe Piermarini on the central site of Santa Maria della Scala, an old church that was built in 1381. Highlights include the Museo del Teatro (theatre museum) which was founded in 1913 and is home to a fine collection of sculpture, paintings and ceramics, and also La Scala's Ballet School which was founded in 1813 and has produced many famous students.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II : The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a large and elegant arcade, lined with shops, bookstores, cafés and a famous restaurant, Savini. Designed to join the Piazza della Scala and Piazza del Duomo, construction started in 1865.
Cimitero Monumentale (Cemetery) : The Cimitero Monumentale contains many tombs and shrines, produced by famous sculptors. It was created in 1866 and is simply vast, covering an area more than 250,000 square metres. Highlights include the House of Fame', known locally as Famedio, a striking building with architecture resembling the pantheon, where many notable people have been buried and entombed over the years, with some truly spectacular shrines.
Meazza (San Siro) Stadium : Milan's Meazza Stadium was named after Giuseppe Meazza, a famous footballer who played for both the Inter and Milan city teams. It was originally built in 1926 and has since been rebuilt and renovated. It now has a capacity of around 85,000 and is Italy's number one stadium. It is also often referred to as San Siro, after the surrounding district. An enormous sculpture of a horse was created in 1999 and sited between the Meazza Stadium and the nearby San Siro racetrack.
Fiera di Milano (Trade Fair) : Founded in 1920, the Trade Fair was set up in Milan to help boost the domestic market in postwar Italy. Originally there were a number of pavilions and buildings, many of which were destroyed in the second world war, although some Art Nouveau buildings are still standing and in good condition. Since 1985, the Milan Trade Fair has become an important exhibition centre, one of the leading facilities in Europe, and now hosts a large number of specialist international shows.
Apart from the above mentioned places, there are numerous other interesting sites to visit in Milan.
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