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.
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.
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