|Facts about Milan|
|State||Milan ..Region (Lombardy )|
|Lat Long Coordinates||45°28′N09°11′E|
|Time Zone||UTC 1|
|Major Religion||Christian (Roman Chatolics)|
|Point of interest||Duomo and Piazza||Castello Sforzesco|
|Teatro alla Scala||Pinacoteca di Brera|
|San Siro Stadium||Via Montenapoleone|
|Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II||Milan Cathedral|
|Castello Sforzesco||Teatro alla Scala|
|Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio||Navigli|
|Brera Gallery||Palazzo della Ragione|
Milan is Italy's largest urban and metro area, as well as one of its most important financial centers. Though it has a very long history, the city of Milan was partially rebuilt after destruction during the war, and has since become one of Italy's most modern cities, with modern architecture and infrastructure and industrial areas. Because of this, Milan is quite different from many Italian cities, with its gray color scheme and skyline. However, Milan retains much of its historic roots, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful churches, and vibrant culture.
Located in northern Italy, Milan is situated in the Po Valley, between the Po River and the Alps. The city center of Milan is flat, with its high point at an elevation of just 122 meters (400 feet). Since ancient times, the city of Milan has used a canal system, though many have been covered in modern times. Outside of Milan, the Ticino River and Adda River flow on the west and east of the city respectively, while some of Italy's major lakes are also located nearby, including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.
How to get there
Milan is a major transportation hub of Italy and Europe, and is well connected to other major cities. Milan has a few main airports: Milan Malpensa, Linate, and the nearby Bergamo Orio al Serio. Malpensa is a large airport served by many of the European budget airlines, and is connected to downtown Milan via express trains and buses. Linate Airport is smaller but closer to downtown, with a service primarily to domestic destinations. Linate is accessible via local buses, an express bus, and a dedicated bus.
Aside from air travel, Milan's main train station, Milano Centrale, is connected by rail to cities across Italy, as well as Barcelona, Zurich, Geneva, Vienna, Paris, Munich, and other major European cities. There are also long-distance buses into Milan, which arrive at Lampugnano bus terminal.
When to visit
Milan is a great city to visit in the spring and especially the fall, while summer can be hot and crowded, and winter is quite cold in Milan, with fog, rain, and snow. However, the Christmas season is festive, with a large Christmas tree in the main square. Certainly, visitors to Milan should avoid August, which is when much of Italy shuts down and the locals leave for vacations. Also, museums and many other attractions and businesses are closed on Mondays in Milan. Of course, many visitors will come to Milan during Fashion Week, which takes place twice each year: once in February or March, and once in September or October.
What to see
Milan has much more to offer visitors than great shopping and a modern metropolitan city, but it may take some deep exploration to find some of it. As a historic city, Milan is filled with unique architecture, historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, cultural activities, and beautiful piazzas. Milan is home to some of Italy's oldest churches, such as the intricate and ornate Gothic style Duomo in the main piazza, which was built beginning in 1386. Other important churches include the UNESCO sites, Saint Mary of the Graces and Saint Maurice, both Renaissance era churches with beautiful art within. Saint Mary of the Graces (Santa Maria alle Grazia Basilica) is home to one of the most famous paintings ever, The Last Supper by da Vinci. More art can be found at Milan's many museums, including Pinacoteca di Brera, home to many famous works of art.
One of Milan's most famous sites is La Scala Theater, which opened in 1778 and continues to host theatrical world class operas. Another significant site is Castello Sforzesco, which is a historic palace that was once home to the ruling families of Milan, the Sforza-Visconti and now hosts museums.
While Milan has such a variety of experiences to offer, most visitors to the city would not miss a chance to shop in the fashion capital. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the prime destination for shopping in Milan, especially window shopping, as the galleria features fancy (and expensive) boutique stores.
Where to stay
There are a wide variety of accommodations to be found in Milan, from hostels to high-end hotels, and even camping, though the latter, Citta di Milano, is a campsite rather far from central Milan, though it is very inexpensive. Hostels include the Piero Rotta Youth Hostel and Ostello Olinda, though numerous inexpensive hotels can also be found. Hotel Amadeus, Hotel Bernina, and Hotel Canova are some mid-range options, while luxury hotels include Hotel De La Ville, Hotel Ascot, and Hotel Pierre Milano. For long-term stays, vacation apartments can be rented for lower rates.
Last Updated : May 15, 2014