Milan is one of the larger cities in northern Italy and is located in the plains of Lombardy, the most developed Italian regions.
The city is the country's capital of finance and fashion.
Milan is a historic city with a beautiful and famous Cathedral and many buildings going back to the Renaissance times.
It has about 1.3 million inhabitants, but the urban area totals about 4.5 million and the Metropolitan Area about 7.5 million.
The main monuments and museums include the Duomo di Milano (a Gothic cathedral), the Romanesque church of Sant' Ambrogio (St. Ambrose, patron saint of the city), the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (where Leonardo's Last Supper fresco is located), the Sforza Castle, the Brera Museum, the Poldi-Pezzoli Museum and the Central Station. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele on the Piazza del Duomo, reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall.
Milan is the most important town in the world for Opera lirica, with its famous Teatro alla Scala (La Scala, theatre).
The Biblioteca Ambrosiana contains drawings and notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci among many other world treasures.
The city is home of two world-famous football teams: A.C. Milan and Internazionale F.C.. The famous Monza Formula One circuit is located in the suburbs.
Milan has 4 subway lines (red, green, yellow and blue line) called Milan Metro which run for more than 80 km.
There is a light metro called Metrò San Raffaele.
The new Suburban Railway Service (called "S" Lines) will open from December 2004 in the Milano Metropolitan Area.
There will be 10 lines (the service will be similar to French R.E.R. and German S-Bahn) which will run in the greater metropolitan area (more than 7 million inhabitants).
It is presumed Milan was originally founded by the Celts of Northern Italy around 600 BC and was conquered by the Romans around 222 BC, who gave it the name of Mediolanum.
For a more information about Milan see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan) December 2004
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During 1978, Sarolta, my daughter and I had a fairly extensive look around in Italy, many of it's cities, architectural, monumental, artistic and natural treasures.
We did enjoy our tripping around.
Hui Chin and I visited Milan after we explored Naples and the difference could not be more unexpected and greater than what we've found.
Apart from the many world famous buildings, like the Opera House or the Cathedral, that looked like a museum.
Milan was very clean and well organised in sharp contrast to Naples.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
Milan Trams 2004
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