- Milan is the capital of Lombardy, the most rich and populated region in Italy
- The 2nd-largest populated Italian municipality after Rome.
- The city has the 3rd-largest economy among EU cities after London and Paris, and the largest among European non-capital cities.
- Milan’s museums, theatres and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, Sforza Castle and Leonardo da Vinci paintings such as The Last Supper, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) attract over 8 million visitors annually.
- In Milan you can find, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
- Home of the most famous Italian fashion brands, such as Valentino,Gucci, Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, are headquartered in the city.
- Milan’s Cathedral, built between 1386 and 1577, is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy. The gilt bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, placed in 1774 on the highest pinnacle of the Duomo, soon became one of the most enduring symbols of Milan.
- Milan hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1934 and 1990, the UEFA European Football Championship in 1980 and most recently the 2003 World Rowing Championships, the 2009 World Boxing Championships, and some games of the Men’s Volleyball World Championship in 2010 and the final games of the Women’s Volleyball World Championship in 2014.
- The partnership with the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, that started in 1967, was suspended in 2012 (a decision taken by the city of Milan), because of the prohibition of the Russian government on “homosexual propaganda”.
Must- see Attractions:
- MILAN CATHEDRAL– Watch; Outside, Inside & At the Rooftop of Cathedral.
- SFORZA CASTLE
- GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
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What to bring:
Aside from personal stuff like clothes, cards and cash-always bring a copy of your passport & schengen visa for random inspection.
Where to stay:
Milan have many hotels, from budget to five star hotel. If you have family or friend who can be your sponsor then it’s gonna be a great news but for all the first timer, it is advisable to stay in a hotel near the metro,train station or airport. Not only it is economical but easier to navigate the city and have access to all tourist attractions. You can check some site , where you can find good hotel.
How to get there:
- If you coming from Philippines ,you need to fly first to our neighbor Asia country like Hong Kong, Thailand or Singapore then fly again by plane by choosing what airline is suitable to your budget.
- If you’re already at schengen region you can easily get access to any of European Union (EU) comprises 28 member states by Train, Bus or Plane.
You can also check Eurail Passes and Interrail Passes, saying “your key to discovering destinations from across Europe. Enjoy unforgettable train rides and plan your next stop as you go. See up to 30 countries with 1 rail pass and make friends and memories for life!”
- Milan is one of southern Europe’s key transport nodes and one of Italy’s most important railway hubs. Its five major railway stations, such as the Milan Central station, are among Italy’s busiest. Since the end of 2009, two high speed train lines link Milan to Rome, Naples and Turin, considerably shortening travel times with other major cities in Italy
- Milan Metro is the rapid transit system serving the city, that with 4 lines and a total length of more than 100 km (62 mi) is one of the largest in Europe..
- Taxi services operated by private companies and licensed by the City council of Milan.
- Milan is served by three international airports. Linate, Malpensa International Airport, Orio al Serio.