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Basic information

  • Area: 183.77 km² (71 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3902
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,306,637
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Milan – Overview

Milan is situated in Lombardy, northwest Italy, and is a fashionable and sophisticated city offering visitors excellent food, superb wines and fantastic shopping, not to mention its wonderful historic architecture and cultural heritage.

The main shopping areas are Via della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone, Corso Buenos Aires and the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a fashionable glass-domed gallery filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Milan is also home to the Conservatory of Music, the Art Academy, La Scala opera house and a long list of famous art galleries and libraries.

Eating out in the city is easy with many restaurants located around the Navigli area or around the Stazione Centrale. In general, the quality of the food is excellent and prices are reasonable.

The city was originally founded in the seventh century BC by Celts and since then has been rebuilt three times following conquests by foreign invaders. The last of these occasions was at the end of the Second World War when over a quarter of the city was flattened by the Allies. Since then Milan has rebuilt itself to become the financial and business centre of the country as well as the main communications and transport hub.

Visitors to Milan enjoy an interesting blend of modern innovation and well-established cultural tradition.