Milan, situated on the flat plains of the Po Valley in Northern Italy, is the capital of the Lombardy region and it is populated by about 1,320,000 habitants. It is a very cosmopolitan city, both hardworking and glamorous - powerful in businesses from finance to fashion.
Milan is also a very historical place where tourists can visit several important and fascinating monuments and buildings spanning many centuries in time. The first place anyone who lives in Milan will take a first-time visitor is of course Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), the geographical and historical centre of the city. The rooftop terraces of the Cathedral offer splendid views over the city.
There is also the Palazzo Reale (the Royal Palace); the Arengario Palace; the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the Gallery), an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery; La Scala, the opera house with an illustrious history and reputation; the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle. Don't forget that Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century lived and worked in Milan where his famous masterpiece "The Last Supper" can still be seen in the place where it was painted.
But what gives Milan its certain something today is its status as the epicentre of Italian fashion and interior design. This is certainly one of the best places in Italy to shop, or window shop!
In 2015 Milan will also host the Universal Exhibition, EXPO. The theme will be "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" and expresses the aim of the town of Milan to tackle the great problem of sustainable progress and to show elements of innovation in technology and science connected to the field of food at the global level. Open from 1 May to 31 October 2015, the Expo will host over 150 participating countries and running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors who, besides the exhibition grounds, will have the possibility to attend an interesting program of 7,000 events including shows, conferences and meetings. The ICC/AISTEC Conference will be a unique opportunity to visit also the EXPO grounds. For more information visit the official website at www.expo2015.org.
Enjoy your stay in Milan!!!!
Attractions and landmarks
You can visit www.turismo.milano.it and download a Milan - Guide to the city.
How to get to Milan
Milan has 3 airports: Milano Linate (LIN) - 7 km from the city centre; Milano Malpensa (MXP) - 45 km from the city centre; and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY) - 50 km from the city centre. All three airports are connected to the city by dedicated buses or trains.
Milan's main railway station is the Italian State Railways' (Ferrovie dello Stato) "Stazione Centrale" (Central Station), an imposing building located in Piazzale Duca D'Aosta. Trains depart from this station for many destinations in Italy and outside Italy. Information about train times is available from www.trenitalia.com.
Two underground lines linking the city centre with the suburbs stop at Stazione Centrale (line 1/red and line 3/yellow). For information, please, visit Trasporti Milanesi at www.atm.it (Phone: +39 02 48607607).
Another important railway hub is "Cadorna" station also located in the centre of the city and managed by Trenord railway. Lines from this station serve locations to the north of the city and are used by commuters who travel to Milan every day for work or study. Information about train times is available from www.trenord.it. Cadorna station is also connected to the underground system.
The rail service for Malpensa Airport (Malpensa Express) operates from Cadorna station and from the Central Station.
By car and coach
It is worth mentioning that Milan is also an important motorway intersection. The motorways to the city are connected by the East Orbital Road (Tangenziale Est) and West Orbital Road (Tangenziale Ovest). Take A1 Motorway (Autostrada del Sole) to Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples and Reggio Calabria. Take A4 motorway to either Turin or Venice. Take the A7 motorway to the Ligurian coast, Genoa and other junctions. Take the A8-A9 motorways for the lakes of Lombardy as well as Malpensa airport (Busto Arsizio turn-off). Further information is available from www.autostrade.it.
Thanks to its excellent road network, Milano is also within easy reach of other Italian, European and non-European cities via an extensive network of coach connections. Information about Lombardy's local public transport system is available from www.muoversi.regione.lombardia.it.