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    Gratian Matache
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    5 Sep 05, 2012

    Milan (Latin: Mediolanum) is the second-largest municipality in Italy and the capital of Lombardy as well as of the province of Milan. The basic administrative division proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in EU and the largest in Italy with an estimated population of approximately 5.2 million. The growth of many suburbs and satellite settlements around the city proper, following the Italian economic miracle of 1950s–60s and massive commuting flows, suggest that socioeconomic linkages have expanded well beyond the boundaries of its administrative limits and its agglomeration, creating a region of approximately 9.3 million people. It has been suggested that the Milan metropolitan area is part of the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest population and industrial density. Its health care and education system is considered one of the best of Europe.
    Milan was founded by the Insubres, a Celtic people. The city was later captured by the Romans in 222 BC, and later was the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 until 402 AD. Milan became one of the most prosperous Italian cities during the High Middle Ages, playing a primary role in the Lombard League. Later Milan became the capital of the Duchy of Milan, being ruled by the Visconti, the Sforza, the Spanish and the Austrians. In 1796, Milan was conquered by the French troops of Napoleon, only to be given again to the Austrian Empire at the Congress of Vienna of 1815. In 1859 the city was eventually annexed to the House of Savoy, and soon started to lead the industrialization process of the new Kingdom of Italy. During World War II, the city was badly affected by Allied bombings, and after German occupation in 1943, Milan became the main centre of the Italian resistance movement. In post-war years, Milan enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, attracting large flows of immigrants from Southern Italy. During the past three decades, the city has seen a dramatic rise in the number of international migrants, and today 15.2% of Milan's population is foreign born.

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  • Milan
    B Brey Benjamin
    3 Aug 28, 2012

    This is a city that most novice tourists sort of breeze over when they visit Italy, and I believe that is actually the correct decision. Unless you know people that live here and are plugged in or are here during either of the 2 fashion weeks then I think that this city is pretty mediocre. However, if you are in the know and are connected here then this can be a fabulous place.

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    Clayton Liggitt
    2 Aug 28, 2012

    Not too much to do in Milan after you see the main Duomo. Day trips to the lakes (Lago Maggiore, and Como) are great ideas, if not a longer weekend away to Zurich.

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  • Milan
    Cindy Pain
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    5 Aug 08, 2012

    Milan is a working city, full of life, everyday life. Each neighborhood is unique. It was easy to walk all over the city. The architecture is amazing. The combination of old and new is everywhere as are the flowers draped over the buildings. From the fashion district to the financial district and beyond the energy is palpable. One of my favorite surprises was the leather furniture that lines the sidewalks of many of the outdoor cafes! Leather on the streets...only in Italy where the sensibility is a celebration of beauty.

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    Veronica Sartori
    5 Aug 08, 2012

    Milano is one of my favorite cities. Although I may be biased because I lived in northern Italy for nearly a decade, I love Milan because it's a fast paced city that's still rich in culture. There are many churches, good architecture designs, monuments, around Milan.

    In addition, it's one of Italy's top shopping destinations. You'll find everything from Prada, Gucci, to Ermenegildo Zegna, right here in Milan.

    There's lots of walking opportunities, but you can also ride the bus or take public transpo around here easily! Don't forget to stop by a tea or espresso in the afternoon for a break. It's one of the most simple yet enduring experiences you can only capture in Milan!

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    Flavia S. M. Baker
    3 Aug 08, 2012

    Milano might be considered as the second Italian main city in Italy after Rome. It has that Northern weather that makes you go early home and wear big coats during the winter. However there is a lively fashionable side of the city that is to discover and appreciate everyday. What I really loved in Milano was having long walks in the center and admire the variety of people's dressing styles. I loved to see how young Italians are always up to the latest fashion and ready to show a real good taste in their perfect apparel.

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    Jacopo Mensa
    5 Aug 02, 2012

    Milan in addition to being known as the city of fashion, offers much more as the Duomo in Milan and other monuments.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    4 Jul 31, 2012

    Milan has many things for visiting such as fashion, culture & art, shopping. The most famous attraction for travellers are "The Last Supper" and Duomo. I had a short time to stay in Milan but I could told that ii's impressive.

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  • Milan
    Ella Santos
    5 Jul 08, 2012

    Feeling to visit some of my friends and relatives! what is the best palce to stay here in MILAN ITALY?

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  • Milan
    Virg Weed
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I have been fortunate to visit Italy many times on both professional and personal visits. For two years I worked for a Milano based company opening up distribution channels in the U.S. The website pretty well covers the things to do. La Scala, the Cathedral at the the Duomo, the Duomo itself and many fine restaurants. BUT, my favorite restaurant among many that I have visited in my travels is Il Bocchandivino. Check it out at their website. It is a true dining experience with an Italian wine served with each of 6 courses. Not inexpensive but it will leave a truly wonderful memory that can be recalled at will.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Milan is unlike other Italian cities. It is a financial and fashion capital with a less hectic feel than Rome. Be sure to eat some authentic Milanese foods such as breaded veal cutlet (veal Milanese), osso bucco (veal shank) or risotto. We were here during Fashion Week, so the store windows were especially fabulous and celebrities were in town. Be sure to visit the cathedral and La Scala. Book a half tour which includes a visit to see "The Last Supper".

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    Tim Celtic
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I have been a visiter to Milan on 2 occasions, both were trips to see my beloved football team,Glasgow Celtic play at the San Siro.On my first visit I stayed for 2 nights on the outskirts of the city. The public transport system is excellent and I was able to move around the city at will.The Dumo is the star attraction, a stunning cathedral that takes your breath away.Plenty of quality eating places, and fantastic shops that the ladies will adore.Milan is a must see city that oozes class and style.

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  • Milan
    John Husband
    1 Jul 05, 2012

    I used to dream about it when i didn't have much money but was the right age and status {student penniless etc) but now i can afford it it is impossible to go, sad really, a bit like paradise, which is the impression they try to generate. Causes a lot of heartbreak. I woul recommend a Kibbutz working holiday in Israel instead.

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    Jason Flegel
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Not my favorite city in Italy, but, hey, it's still in Italy. I feel like, compared to other cities, there just isn't as much "history" or as many interesting things to see. Do take note that I mean that in relation to, say, Florence. It is still a hub of culture and history, don't get me wrong.

    Where Milan shines, I feel, is in its nightlife-- something I think other cities in Europe do better anyway. All in all, if you're in the area, I think it's worth a stop. Definitely not somewhere that would have me coming back time and again.

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  • Milan
    Manuela Nadin
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Milan is a strange city, a little different from other italian coties. There are few monuments and historical sites. For sure I wouldn't visit it for a cultural trip. However it is very alive, full of great restaurants and clubs, smart people, fantastic shops. During the fashion week and the ' salone del mobile ' it turns in a fantastic place, overcrowded with people, parties. I suggest to visit it during autumn or spring. During summer it is too hot and the city is almost empty. During the weekends people from Milan love going out of the city, so it turns empty. One of the great habits of Milan is aperitivo. So instead of dinner you could choose a club serving apertivo, almost any, and you could have fingerfood with the beverage....instead of dinner. Great and funny. The Gothic cathedral in the very centre, Sant'Ambrogio is fantastic but, apart from it and Scala Theatre, there is not so much to see. Anyway you will enjoy deeply all the rest, including theatres. The area I love, and it is really very nice, is Brera.

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  • Milan
    Chris
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I was only in Milan for one day. We walked around the city and saw the sights that I have listed in this album. We hung out at the park with the locals for a few hours. It was nice relaxing after moving around so much in prior weeks.

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  • Milan
    Allie Gangi
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I studied abroad in Milan for the spring semester in 2009 and I loved it. The metro is really simple to use. Make sure you don't leave Milan without going out for aperitivo (similar to happy hour.) You pay for one drink and it comes with a buffet. Check out Iguana (really popular.)

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  • Milan
    Gabriela Vieira
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Not the best city to visit in Italy, not so many things to do, but there are few really special places. The Cathedral itself makes the trip worth it!!! Besides that, Milan is one of the most important cities in the fashion circuit, so, good for those interested in high fashion shopping.

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  • Milan
    Perfect Traveller
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I want to talk about a painter, whose work for too long has been overlooked, as we rush to the next Caravaggio exhibition! A woman no less, who in 1625 was eulogized with these words, “prodigy of painting, easier to envy than to imitate.” The story of Artemisia Gentileschi is the next Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ waiting to happen! Her life was tough, violent and devoid of the comforts even a Caravaggio enjoyed and of course being a woman meant; abuse! Born in Rome in 1593 of lower class origins, she grew up in rough, often violent household. Her mother died when she was 12 year of age, leaving her more alone than she could possibly imagine, with only her self-serving father to guide her through life. In May 1611 Agostino Tassi, an artist whom with her father, a solid painter in his own right, were working on frescoes at the papal palace Palazzo Quirinale, found Artemisia alone painting in the family studio, come home and raped her. She was 18 years of age. His promise of marriage, to placate the father, never eventuated because Tassi’s wife, who he believed dead, was very much alive. A charge of rape was brought against Tassi by Orazio, Artemisia’s father and whilst it’s true Tassi was condemned to exile, the sentence was never carried out.

    Forced by her father to marry a much older man, the newly wedded couple relocated to Florence and it was in that city that the art of Artemisia Gentileschi matured and with time, gained for her remarkable recognition. Among the many that flocked to her studio to admire her work was Galileo and she could often be found among the intellectual circles of the city, accepted as one of their own and who often met at the Buonarotti house in Via Ghibellina. It was at such a gathering that she met Maria di Niccolo’ Maringhi, a man of noble birth who became her life-long lover and financial benefactor.

    Her personal inner strength and courage that enabled her to transcend the obvious bias against and prejudices towards women in her day and prevalent at level of society, gave her the determination to paint and to drown out the social hypocrisy that challenged her right to do so. Even motherhood and its demands never diminished that passion, nor weakened her love for her art. As an artist of the Baroque period she has few peers and I would suggest even Caravaggio, whose work she had minimal exposure to, could learn something from her painting of the female nude. In the painting ‘Danae’ (an image of which you can see here), its power and presence lives in the abandoned pose, the silky white thighs and calves, the dimpled knees and that clenched fist of orgasmic delight. It helps of course to be a woman with such intimate knowledge of the female form and the pleasures that can rack that body and we do know that Artemisia modeled for herself in her own paintings. A rare intimacy and contact with the physical and emotional being of the female that a Caravaggio could only guess at portraying in his own paintings!

    Today, through to January 29, 2012, there is a wonderful exhibition of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi in the Palazzo Reale in Milan, that includes many letters written by her, that reveal more about the person than the artist. Today Artemisia Gentileschi remarkable life and remarkable painting are moving out of the shadows of history and presented in the glow of sunlight for all to enjoy. A respect and consideration that for too long she has been denied!

    http://www.mostrartemisia.it/

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    melissa
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Milan is like a city meets historical history. Great shopping! Beautiful cobblestone roads and lots of architecture to look at!

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A trade city since Roman times, Milan is now a business, financial and fashion hub for Italy, and all of Europe for that matter. If you're looking for three-hour lunches and la dolce vita, head south, as Milan is simply too busy for such pursuits. The city has been conquered or invaded by, well, just about everyone, and remains heavily influenced by Germanic culture. You can't toss your ... read more
leopard-print scarf over your shoulder here without hitting a boutique run by Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana or one of the many major fashion designers based in Milan. But non-fashionistas shouldn't fret; history and architecture are also highlights. Check out attractions like the Santa Maria Nascente, Christendom’s third largest church, appreciated for its daunting façade, grand entrance piazza and striking interior. Like everything else here, don’t expect what you know as Italian food at the dinner table, rather, rice and stews often replace pasta. Hotels are constantly full and as a result, expensive – you’ll find particularly high prices during the annual Furniture Fair in April, but relatively low prices can found in the city center.

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