The ancient capital of Lombardy impresses with its eclectic atmosphere. Milan is a city for everyone and for everyone. Connoisseurs of architecture are inspired by the unsurpassed beauty of the grand Duomo, the ancient Sforza Castle or the elegant gallery of Vittorio Emmanuel. Art lovers can enjoy the legendary “Last Supper” by Leonardo de Vinci or the unique collection of great Italian masters in the Brera Gallery. Music lovers all over the world strive to hear the best voices and see the best productions at La Scala. Football fans are tempted by spectacular games between Milan and Inter at the famous San Siro stadium. Shopping lovers will find numerous shops and chic boutiques of Milan’s haute couture houses. But these are only the most superficial touches to the portrait of the ancient city. Milan is refined and attractive, you can admire it endlessly,
Geography and location
Milan is the administrative center of the Lombardy region, the capital of the region, the main city of northern Italy and its financial and economic capital. Milan is located in the western part of Lombardy, covers an area of 182 km², and is the second – after Rome – in terms of population in the country, the city’s population is more than 1.3 million people. Milan is located in the central part of the Padan Plain, at the crossroads leading from the passes through the Alps, and the city is also connected by shipping channels with the Po River.
Milan has a humid subtropical climate, with some continental features. It has rather hot and humid summers – from 19 to 30 °C, and mild, wet winters, sometimes with frequent snowfalls and temperatures – from -3 to +8 °C.
History of Milan
The name Milan is associated with the location of the city and comes from lat. Mediolanum, which means “in the center of the plain.” According to historical documents, the city was founded by the Celtic tribes around 600 BC, and in 223 BC. was conquered by the Romans. Milan soon became the administrative center of the region “lying on the other side of the Po” and the residence of the Western Emperor. It was in Milan in 313 that the famous Edict was issued, which allowed the free preaching of the Christian religion. In the 4th century, when the city was ruled by Bishop Ambrose, who is the patron of Milan, and Emperor Theodosius I, the city became the capital of the western part of the Roman Empire. However, in 536 Milan was captured by barbarian tribes, and the restoration of the city began only with the arrival of the Lombards and – in 774 – the Franks, led by Charlemagne. From the 12th to the 15th centuries, power in the city changed – from Federico I Barbarossa to the rebellious communes of the Northern League and the Signoria of the Visconti family, and then, in 1450, Francesco Sforza, the founder of the ducal dynasty. From 1535 to 1713 the city was ruled by the Spaniards. In the XVIII century, Milan several times passed from Austria to France (under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte) and back. By the way, for several centuries the city was called Mayland – from it. Mailand, which is still used in German today. In 1797, Milan became the capital of the Cisalpine Republic, which in 1802 became the Italian Republic, and in 1805 the Italian Kingdom. In the first century of united Italy, Milan became one of the cultural centers of the country and European civilization, but during the Second World War the city was badly damaged.
Today Milan is the industrial, cultural and financial center of Italy, as well as the undisputed capital of world fashion.
in Milan Milan has a huge number of restaurants for every taste, here are just some of the most popular and exquisite:
Savini (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II) – one of the best restaurants in the city, located in the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, with a sophisticated atmosphere and excellent Lombard cuisine.
Cracco-Peck (Via Victor Hugo) is a gourmet restaurant with two Michelin stars.
La Terrazza (Via Palestro, 2) is a sophisticated restaurant with a romantic atmosphere, located in the historic center and serving international cuisine.
Atlantique (Città Studi, Viale Umbria 42) is a trendy contemporary restaurant and disco.
Ai Quattro (Mori Largo Marina Callas 1)– an elegant restaurant where you can taste the delicacies of seafood.
Armani / Nobu (Via Pisoni, 1) is a creative fusion restaurant.
Beoucc (Piazza Belgioioso) is an old Italian restaurant with a 300-year history, located on the square near La Scala Theatre.
Caruso (Via Alessandro Manzoni) is a chic restaurant located in the Grand Hotel Et De Milan.
Don Carlos V (ia Manzoni, 29) – located in the Grand hotel e de Milan, here, in a setting that recreates the interiors of the La Scala theater, classic Italian cuisine is offered.