Home of Italy’s stock exchange, an industrial powerhouse and the internationally accepted arbiter of taste in fashion and design, Milan is known as a leading city in the world economy and a center of international trade and finance.
Milan is the most cosmopolitan and outward looking of Italian cities, at times it can seem brash and soulless but beneath the veneer is a serious sense of history and place.
A compact historic center easily explored on foot through cobbled streets lined with boutiques, historic churches, some of the world’s finest museums and gardens. The grand Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, lies at the geographical heart of this one-time Imperial Roman capital, and expresses the love of beauty and power that still drives the city today.
Art collections old and new, unparalleled shopping, one of Europe’s biggest trade-fair complexes, sparkling nightlife, the prestige of opera at La Scala, the mark of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, a religious addiction to calcio (football), and endless opportunities to eat the best of Lombard and Italian food make Milan much more than the puritanically work-obsessed city it is often portrayed as.
Creativity is the engine which powers Milan: the world capital of Fashion and Design. Most of the major Italian fashion houses and labels are based in Milan. They include: Armani, Bottega Veneta, Canali, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Etro, Iceberg, Les Copains, Marni, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler, Frankie Morello, Moschino, MSGM, N°21, Prada, Fausto Puglisi, Tod’s, Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Zagliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, and the eyewear company Luxottica.
Constant evolving skyline: an architectural Renaissance is underway involving the likes of Foster, Isozaki, Piano, Fuksas and Libeskind. Milan has been confirmed as global ALPHA city together with other cities such as Sydney, Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. According to this ranking, Milan is third in Europ behind London and Paris (Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network, 2017).
Milano hosts almost 300,000 companies, half of them operating in the value added services, with a total turnaround of € 471 bn/yr. More than 3,000 are the multinational companies, which employee almost 300,000 people. Milan is one of the best-connected international cities in the world with over 3,400 weekly direct flights to 170 global destinations.
Milan has an excellent hospitality system. The hospitality and accommodation sector has undergone a radical transformation thanks to the effect of Expo2015, with 200 new or renewed hotels that welcome visitors from all over the world. Milan is considered a safe city: recent statistics show that Milan is one of the safest European cities.
Outside the city numerous outstanding day-trip destinations await you: lakes, mountains, art cities, food and wine tours.
Since Roman times the unspoilt beauty of Lake Como charms its visitors: its water of sapphire blue, set like a jewel among the high mountains that slope down to the lake shores, where lush gardens hide aristocratic villas. Every season is right for a pleasant visit to the thousand hidden places.
From Milan: 50 km/30 miles (45 mins. by train, 40 mins. by car)
Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands
This trio of isles – Isola Bella (“Beautiful Island”), Isola Madre (“Mother Island”), and Isola dei Pescatori (“Isle of the Fishermen”) – has been shaped by the Borromeo family, who in 16th and 17th centuries turned Bella and Madre into vast garden-and-palace complexes.
From Milan: 80 km/49 miles (1 hr. by train, 1 hr. by car).
If you miss the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre (literally ‘five lands’), you will have bypassed some of Italy‘s most extraordinary countryside. It is a Unesco World Heritage site, which features on the World Monument Fund list.
From Milan: 220 km/136 miles (3 hrs. by train, 2 hrs. by car).