Milano

Milano is a city located in the north of Italy, know as the fashionable business capital of the country. Milano is a host of the Universal Exhibition EXPO over six-month, from May 1 to October 31 2015. The exhibition is held under the theme “Feeding the planet. Energy for life.” This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food. While visiting the expo, you may stay a few days longer in Milano to discover the city.

There are three main attractions in the city center of Milano, which are close to each other. First of all, the famous cathedral church Duomo di Santa Maria Nascente, which is the largest cathedral in Italy and the 5th largest one in the world. I recommend to visit the interior of the cathedral as well the rooftop terraces, it’s worth a visit! Right next to the Duomo you will find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is an ancient and glamorous arcaded luxury shopping gallery, with a stunning mosaic floor and wonderful glass roof and cupola. The gallery contains some fashion boutiques as well some restaurants. Just behind the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you will finally discover the third main attraction. The Teatro alla Scala is a world-renowned opera house, inaugurated in 1778.

The triumphal arch called Arco della Pace is one of Milano’s most important Neo-Classical monuments. It is adjacent to the Parco Sempione, the largest and most popular in the central area of Milano. Located at the park, you may visit La Triennale di Milano, a cultural institution for arts, architecture, design and fashion. It organizes exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art and social issues, with nationally and internationally renowned architects and designers.

Next to some historical sites in Milano, there are as well some new and modern districts. Porta Nuova is the main business district of Milano and is now undergoing a massive renewal, called the “Progetto Porta Nuova”. The project, which has been under construction since the late 2000s, includes several modern skyline buildings, cultural centers, and a large city park. Right next to the Porta Nuova district, you can find the modern food mall called Eataly, offering a variety of regional and fresh Italian products as well some eating places.

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