Milan is located in the plains of Lombardy in the north of Italy and is the second biggest city after Rome. It is known as the fashion capital of the world with fabulous high-class designer boutiques along one of the most famous streets for shopping; Via Monte Napoleone, also known as ‘quadrilatero della moda.’ This area is considered as one of the most important fashion districts in the world by experts in the fashion industry. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything from these designer shops, it is worth taking a stroll through this area to see the amazing window displays.
Milan is steeped in history; founded by a Celtic people and later conquered by the Romans it then became the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Over the centuries Milan has been under the control of the Spanish, Austrian and French but by the mid 1800’s the city was eventually annexed by the new Kingdom of Italy. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy. The business district of Milan is the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies as well as hosting the Italian Stock Exchange.
Two of the main airports for reaching Lake Como are located in Milan; Malpensa and Linate. It takes approximately 40 minutes from Milan by car to reach the town of Como. From Milan you can take the fast train (frecciarossa) from the Milano Centrale Stazione located in Piazza Duca d’Aosta, directly to major cities in Italy such as Florence, Rome and Venice. Milan also has a great subway system to get you across the city quickly. From Piazza Castello you can find both international as well as domestic bus services.
There are numerous things to see and do in Milan from visiting churches to attending an event, or why not experience a football game at the famous San Siro Stadium as Milan is home to two of the world’s major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano (commonly referred to as Inter Milan) and see a game of football played with passion. You certainly won’t get bored.
Please see below a few ideas of things to see and do in Milan;
- Visit the Duomo (fourth largest cathedral in the world)
- Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper located in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Go and see an opera at the famous La Scala Opera House
- Watch a football game at San Siro Stadium
- Visit Castello Sforzesco and also the Parco Sempione for some relaxation away from the busy traffic of Milan.
- Visit one of the world’s most prestigious furniture and design fairs at the Fiera Milano (need to check site for tickets/dates)