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Milan’s Boroughs

Nowadays, Milan is divided into 9 districts which are called boroughs here. They don’t have titles and are simply numbered in ascending order. Thus, borough #1 is located in the center, #2 is in the north-east, and so on in a clockwise direction. Every borough has its local regional government. The historical center of the city and the main attractions are situated in the first borough, while Milano Centrale railway station can be found in the second borough.

Map Milan

Population

Despite its rich and vivid history, the representatives of two nationalities live in Milan: the Italians and Lombards. But the city doesn’t have a problem with people. Annually, tourists from all corners of the world come to explore it. Unlike the majority of the Italians, local citizens are extremely punctual and have an excellent knowledge of English. Moreover, the Milaneses are gallant and tactful. They mention by name just their friends and relatives. Colleagues and acquaintances are called by the last name only.

A brief history of Milan

The largest city in Italy dates back to 600 BC and is considered to be the most ancient city in Europe. According to the scientists, it was one founded by one of the tribes of the oldest Celtic nation, insubres. Afterward, the city was conquered by the Romans and was named Mediolanum. Throughout its history, Milan was exposed to many declines and revivals, it was under the reign of Theodosius I and Visconti family, went through the Spanish domination, survived the epidemic of plague and the Napoleonic Wars. It was one of the main centers fighting for the unification of Italy and even became the bulwark of Nazism led by Benito Mussolini. The city was severely destroyed after World War II and its two suburbs — Precotto and Terro — wiped off from the face of the Earth.

Despite the tragic events, it managed to save the cultural heritage of the past centuries: buildings in the Renaissance and Classicism styles, red-bricked Lombard romance. Milan Cathedral became the symbol of the city together with Sforza Castle, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, and La Scala theatre where you can listen to the best operatic voices in the world.

Worldwide renowned artists were born and worked in Milan: a painter of the baroque epoch Caravaggio, a composer Giuseppe Verdi and Leonardo da Vinci. He was an incredibly talented person who was the greatest painter, sculptor, architect, writer, scientist and naturalist, inventor, and innovator in one person. One of Leonardo da Vinci’s monumental works – “The Last Supper” – is still kept in Santa Maria delle Grazie. 

Milan today is the trading and economic center of Italy, one of the capitals of the world’s fashion where Giorgio Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada are being produced.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Milan

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for visiting the capital of Lombardy. These are the most favorable periods for long walks or throwing a real shopping-marathon. It’s too hot and stuffy during the summer months in Milan. However, if you are hunting for sales, this fact should not scare you off. Especially, when Versace has up to 80% off. Milan in winter is rainy and foggy, but the city undergoes a marvelous transformation before Christmas. It looks absolutely festive, stylish and becomes extremely cozy.

Useful notes

What should a tourist do in Milan?

  • Ascend to the roof of Milan Cathedral to see the mind-blowing view of carved statues and high arches. In the distance, you shall see the skyscrapers built by the projects of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Arata Isozaki.
  • Listen to the opera at La Scala theatre. Besides, it’s an excellent opportunity to show off your evening finery. The theatre has a strict dress code.
  • Shop till you drop at the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and such streets as Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga и Via Sant’Andrea.
  • Reserve a spot to admire the renowned fresco “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci in Santa Maria delle Grazie and get acquainted with the Italian art in the Pinacoteca di Brera.
  • Get inspired by the spirit of antiquity in one of the oldest places in the city, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio.
  • Explore the non-tourist Milan where business districts and new architecture is being built. For example, Zona Tortona with Mudec Cultural Museum, Armani/Silos Museum, Fondazione Prada, and the mind-blowing “Vertical Forest” building. That’s a real triumph of urbanism!
  • Taste wine at il Secco wine vault, real panini in De Santis snack bar, “Brasilian sushi” with mango and fruit in Temakinho restaurant. And, of course, don’t forget about ice-cream. You can buy it at every step.
  • Purchase some ceramics, chinaware, and extraordinary decor for your home at one of the flea markets.

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