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Milan, Italy holds a valuable place in history and modern times as well. This article shares some interesting historical facts about this fabulous city, briefly describes the main attractions and focuses on the modern day importance of Milan to the nation of Italy in business, trade and fashion.

Milan, the Second Largest City in Italy


Although Milan claims “second” place to being the largest city in Italy, it’s not second class. Milan has much to offer to the traveler who’s visiting Italy, and is well worth a visit.

Being the country’s capital in business, fashion, music and design, Milan offers amazing attractions which combine both the past and present.

One and a half million people populate the Northern city. Located south of the Italian Alps, Milan is very close to several other cities and attractions such as Venice and Florence, great skiing and the seashore villages of Liguria and Cinque Terre. Each are just a few short hours (or less) away, which makes Milan a great place to live or tour.

History of Milan

The history of Milan goes back as far as 222 B.C., when the city was bombarded by the legions of Rome, and the residing Celtic tribes were defeated. The key factor of the city’s success was credited to trade, which led the city to a great success in development.

Milan then went through several transitions over the centuries, beginning in 1535, when the city fell under Spanish rule, and then in 1713, the city was passed to Austria.

In 1802, Milan became the capital of Napoleon’s Italian Republic, and he was crowned King of Italy and Milan in 1805. Following a brief return of the Austrians, Vittorio Emmanuele Il drove them out in 1859, thus incorporating Milan into the new Kingdom of Italy. To commemorate this king, the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II was built in the center of Milan.

As you can see, the history alone of this spectacular city is amazing and holds many treasures of the past that we normally only read about in our history books!

Milan is home to the world-renowned La Scala Opera house, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper and the Gothic Cathedral Duomo. On amore modem scale, Milan also contains shops and boutiques of Italy’s most important fashion designers, located in the famous “quadrangle of fashion” district near the center of Milan.

Italy’s leading Stock Exchange, world-class music conservatories and the nation’s most important design schools have also been parked in Milan.

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