With its population of 1.3 million people, Milan is one of the world’s most influential cities in many areas, from fashion and food through to finance. Thanks to various events connected with the design and fashion world, such as the International Furniture Fair and Milan Fashion Week, the city is a trailblazer for Italian artistic expression.
Milan is also one of the world’s most important financial hubs with its Stock Exchange district home to the head offices of leading national and international banks.
Founded in the 6th century B.C., Milan’s artistic, historic and cultural heritage is world famous. Indeed, 9 million visitors a year walk along the roads and through the squares of the city centre to admire the city’s magnificent architectural works, such as Milan Cathedral, Sforza Castle and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where it is possible to admire Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Milan is a multi-faceted city where both the locals and visitors can enjoy the various different aspects that make it so unique and unforgettable.
Everyone recognises Milan as one of the world’s fashion capitals alongside London, Paris and New York.
Milan’s shopping district, the “Quadrilatero della Moda” (literally “fashion square”), is located close to the city centre, and comprises via della Spiga, via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni and Corso Venezia. In these streets fashion lovers can find boutiques belonging to the labels that have made Italian style and elegance world famous.
Coinciding with Expo 2015, which focused on the theme of food, in recent years Milan has demonstrated its great passion and expertise in the area of cuisine. There are genuine culinary treasures in every part of the city: from the elegance of a Michelin-starred restaurant to the youthful and innovative style of street food and hamburger bars, without forgetting the tradition of Milan cuisine, which can be enjoyed in any number of typical trattoria.
Milan is also renowned for its art and design. The extensive network of public and company museums, studies and private archives is evidence of the importance of design history in the city’s heritage. Such institutions include the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery, Palazzo Reale, the Museum of the 20th Century, the Milan Triennale, Fondazione Prada, Hangar Bicocca art museum and Mudec.
Every spring the city plays host to Milano Design Week. A leading international event for the home, furniture and lighting sector, the entire city hosts initiatives, exhibitions and events connected with creativity and design.
Useful links: turismo.milano.it