Milano, Italy
ZipTipz Milano Travel Guide

Welcome to the city of fashion, business, and luxury. Works of art such as the Duomo and Leonardo's The Last Supper, exclusive hotels and great food are just some of the attractions in this cosmopolitan city.

District Guide

Milan is divided into 20 distinct zones that are identified numerically by the local council, but which also have names. Although every area is not listed here, each plays its own special role in the history of Milan; from the importantissimo historical centre to the modern “dormitory quarters”...

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Historical Background

Milan's history is a story of wealth, intrigue and conflict. Throughout its existence, Milan has known failure and incredible success and has faced both with a spirit and verve that makes this city one of the most famous in the world.

The first known inhabitants of Milan date back to the Bronze...

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Where To Stay

Milan is without doubt the city of fashion, shopping and business. Famous fashion streets such as Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Corso Emmanuele II also have elegant, luxurious and expensive hotels. The area known as Amendola Fiera has many hotels for both businessmen and tourists, a lot...

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Dining and Drinking

Milan may be famous for its shopping, trading, and amazing designers, but it is also a great place to enjoy a good meal. There are many ethnic restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias in the city, and during the summer months, it is not unusual to see groups of friends enjoying their pizza...

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Milan has plenty to offer in terms of great entertainment, culture and art… Need a little persuasion? The city has the famous Brera Art Gallery and the Cenacolo Museum, which houses artefacts relating to the Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper (more of his works can be found in the Science Museum...

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Recommended Tours

There are many different areas in Milan to explore, but a great place to start is Brera, because it is a district that is famed for its nightlife and restaurants, but also has art galleries to visit in the day and glorious palaces that played an important role in Milan's histor...

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Milan (Italian: Milano; Lombard: Milán) is the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. The city proper (Comune di Milano) has about 1,308,500 inhabitants (2004). The population of the urban area (Greater Milan La Grande Milano), comprising the core of Lombardy, is estimated, as of 2006, to be about 4,280,820 people. Finally, the official population of Milan Metro Area counts around 7.400.000 residents (2006). Milan became one of the most highly developed urban centers in Europe.

In European terms, Milan's metropolitan area is a part of the so called Padan Megalopolis. By population, Milan is Italy's largest city and the 3rd Metro Area of the EU. Municipal borders wrap a relatively small area—about one-eighth that of Rome—because of the historical high density of population centers in agriculturally rich Lombardy. The heavily urbanized area centered in Milan includes some Swiss territories in southern Canton Ticino: this does not imply any kind of administrative unity, though. Milan is an alpha world full service city in GaWc inventory.

The city is one of the world's major commercial and financial centers, and one of the wealthiest cities in the European Union. Milan is one of the world capitals of fashion—along with New York City, Paris, London, Tokyo—and design. Indeed the English word milliner is derived from the name of the city. The Lombard metropolis is famous for fashion firms and shops (via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall. Another famed Milanese product is the traditional Christmas sweet cake, called Panettone. Milan is also famous for the Alfa Romeo motorcar and for its silk production; but on the whole relies on its directional functions for the whole of Lombardy, its once proud and strong industrial base having been externalized throughout the region in the 60s-70s of the last century. The city hosted among other events the World Exposition in 1906, the football World Cup in 1934 and 1990, the football Euro Cup in 1980, and plans to host the World Expo of 2015.

Inhabitants of Milan are referred to as "Milanese" (Italian: Milanesi or informally Meneghini or Ambrosiani).

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