| This is the most important industrial and commercial city in Italy, located in the north-west of the Northern Plains of the country. It was the capital of the western Roman empire in the 4th and 5th centuries, and flourished as a city-state in the 9th to 12th. During the Renaissance, its reputation as an outstanding city in art and politics spread around Europe. It developed strongly during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century to become the most prosperous city in Italy in the 20th century.
With three universities, a technological centre, newspapers, theatres, museums, art galleries, offices, exchanges, vehicle manufacturing factories, machinery, chemical, cloth, clothes and book printing; Milan is the only Italian city fully integrated in the cultural, industrial and financial capitals of Europe. Rome is the administrative capital, but Milan creates the country’s wealth.
Milan has a medieval centre surrounded by many suburbs. The Duomo square marks the centre of the city, where we find the cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Italy and the third largest in the world. The Convento de la Iglesia de Santa María delle Grazie houses the Last Supper, the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci.
What you must not miss:
• Last Supper Fresco
• The Vittorio Emanuele Gallery
• Milan’s elegant shops
• The Scala Theatre
• The Duomo
• Sforzesco Park and Castle