The most important city of Italy in economic and financial terms is Milan. It is the second most populous city of Italy and is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. It is the business capital of the country and the fashion capital of not just the country but the world. It represents the ‘New Italy’ in contrast to Rome that represents the ‘Old Italy’. There are a lot of modern and many historical sights in the city. Part of the architecture of the city was destroyed by the bomb raids in the Second World War but most of that is rebuilt.
It is a city of international importance when it comes to fashion and is the stylistic capital of the country. It is compared to Paris, London and New York in the fashion industry and is a tough competitor for them. The fashion in Milan is inspired by the Parisian culture but has developed on its own over time. The Milanese fashion maintains the simplicity, sobriety and the fabric quality. The city houses two fashion weeks: in Spring and Autumn. It is the home of the leading designers of the world, which include Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Miuccia, Trussardi, etc. The city is also the home of many fashion houses and labels even though some of these labels were not originated in Milan. They include Valentino, Prada, Armani, D&G, Versace, Miu Miu, Luxottica, etc. The fashion agencies of Milan and the fashion institutes are famous worldwide and recognized internationally such as Beatrice International Models Agency, Style Design College, Istituto Marangoni, etc.
Though Milan does not have the historical sites like in Rome and Florence, it is still one of the most visited cities of the country. The main attraction of the tourists in Milan is the Duomo. It is the heart of Milan and is called Milan’s Duomo. It is the largest cathedral of Gothic architecture on this earth build in 500 years starting from 1386. Tourists are allowed to take a walk on the roof which is an amazing experience to wander among spires and statues and look at the breathtaking views. There are in total 3200 statues and 135 spires on the rooftop. The cathedral is located in the Piazza del Duomo also known as Duomo square. Duomo Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Statue of Vittorio Emanuele are also located on this square which makes the square the most historically important place in the city.
Another one of the most important tourist spots in the city is the Santa Maria Della Grazie or Saint Mary of the Graces. This is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the architectural masterpiece of the world renowned architect named Donato Bramante of the renaissance era. The delicately carved exterior makes it very attractive from the outside and the beautiful, bright interior makes you want to stay inside the basilica forever. One of the most famous paintings, ‘the Last Supper’ decorates a wall of the church which was the former dining hall. The Last Supper is a masterpiece painting by the famous and exceptionally talented Leonardo da Vinci. The painting survived even after the bomb attack on this building in 1943. But only limited visitors are allowed to view the place and hence you should book in advance if you are visiting Milan.
Another unimaginable piece of art and architecture in Milan is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which provides you the reason of Milan being the fashion capital. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the shopping mall designed and built in the 19th century and is like a palace having mosaic floor and a roof made of glass which makes it look stunning and wonderful. It has boutiques of Louis Vuitton, Prada, a store of silverware called Bernasconi, restaures and cafes such as Gucci Café, Zucca, and many more famous art galleries, boutiques, stores, books shops, restaurants, etc. The central dome of the mall is magnificent and the mosaic floor on the bottom is decorated with emblems of cities of Milam, Rome, Florence, etc. This place is the evidence of the style and fashion of the city.
Apart from this, Milan also has a castle named Castello Sforzesco and is different from the usual castles that are located over hills and mountains. This castle on the central land of Milan houses many museums and a grand park which was the courtyard. There is the last sculpture of Michelangelo, the Rondanini Pieta in the museum of the castle and it also has a variety of collection of ancient art, ancient musical instruments, etc. Milan also has a very famous Opera House called Teatro alla Scala or simply called the La Scala. This historic opera house was opened in 1778, renovated in 2004 and is the most famous historical monument for famous operas by super stars like Pavarotti and Maria Callas. The opera house and theatre also has a museum by the name Museo Teatrale alla Scala which has a collection of many musical instruments.
In short, Milan is a city that offers a large variety of tourist places. There is everything available in Milan from a fine ancient church to old palaces and castles. There are excellent museums and opera houses and world famous theatres. There are cultural gems, strikingly beautiful buildings, modern works and sleek architecture along with squares and streets organized perfectly on the land of Milan.