Milan is an important commercial and industrial city


Milano, the capital of the province with the same name, and of the Lombardy Region, is situated in northern Italy. It has the second highest population of a municipality in Italy (almost 1.300.000 inhabitants) after Rome. 

Milan is an important commercial and industrial centre  both in the E.U. and internationally. It is the most important Italian area for the service industry, finance, fashion, publishing and industry, the stock exchange (Borsa) and has branches of many multinational companies. It is one of the major Italian university, editorial and television centres and has the biggest area in Europe for trade fairs.

Teatro alla Scala

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, usually just called La Scala, apart from being one of the most famous theatres in the world is also known as the temple of opera. It is situated in one of the busiest and most elegant squares of the city, Piazza delle Scala, from which it takes its name. The square in turn takes its name from the Church of S. Maria alla Scala, built in 1381 and named after the person who had it erected, Regina della Scala, wife of Bernabò Visconti.

The Duomo di Milan

The Duomo di Milano (cathedral)  is often described as one of the greatest churches in the world and is the most famous place to visit in Milan.
It is dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and situated in the square of the same name (Piazza Duomo) in the centre of the city. One of the most admired and complex Italian Gothic constructions,  it was inaugurated in December 1774. The famous Madonnina statue on top of a spire, designed by the sculptor Giuseppe Perego and by the goldsmith Giuseppe Bini in 1762, is the highest point of the Cathedral. It is possible (for a fee) to visit the roof.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon; it is prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo and connects to the Piazza della Scala. Named after  Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengone between 1865 and 1877.
More than 130 years after its inauguration, the four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling most things from fashion (haute couture) to books, as well as restaurants, cafés and bars. Directly connected to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Milan's ultra-luxurious Town House Galleria hotel, offering the city's most luxurious (and most expensive) rooms and facilities. The Galleria is the site for many shops of luxury goods, and with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, is a must for shopping addicts!
Apart from the above mentioned, Milan has an enormous number of mansions, monuments, churches and other places that merit a visit and that make Milan a place not to be missed.

This Museum was founded in 1906 as part of the International Expo. Held in Milan in that year. It is the third oldest Aquarium in Europe.

Viale Gadio, 2 - 20121 Milano

Tel. 39 02 88465750
Fax: 39 02 8846751

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In spite of its name, this museum is dedicated principally to Italian art of the early Twentieth Century until immediately after the second world war. It has the best collection in Italy of futuristic art.

Piazza del Duomo, 12 - 20122 Milano

Tel. 39 02 62083219


This museum is named after the great Renaissance genius, and dedicated to him. It is located in the old convent of San Vittore al Corpo in Via S. Vittore, 21, near the place where at the time Leonardo owned vineyards, just outside the city walls. It also not far from the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie, where there is his famous painting, the Last Supper (Cenacolo) and from the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio.

Via San Vittore, 21 Milano

Tel. 39 02 485551

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