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Milan is the capital of Lombardy region and hosts several prestigious research centres, universities, important business centres and financial institutions. In 2015, it will host the Universal Exposition (EXPO 2015). With 3 international airports (Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio) and 3,400 flights per week, Milan is linked to 170 destinations all over the world, as well as by railways connected to the main European destinations.

The city was founded around 400 B.C by Celtic people (The Insubri) and the name Mediolanum, which means "central place", was later given by the Romans. Today, Milan is the second largest city in Italy with about 1.5 million inhabitants; adding the Greater Milan area doubles that number. The city proper is relatively small (extending just eight kilometers from the golden spire of the Duomo), full of cobbled streets, fashion boutiques, monuments and business centres. Three subway lines plus an interconnecting underground railway (Passante Ferroviario) and an extensive network of buses and trams facilitate moving around the different areas of the city.

While Milan is considered a business and financial place, it possesses a unique mix of cultural landmarks, such as the Duomo, Leonardo’s The Last Supper and the La Scala Opera House.

DuomoThe Duomo, the symbol of Milan, was founded in 1386 and took almost 5 centuries to be completed. It dominates the eastern side of Duomo Square with its massive white pinkish marble structure.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIOn a side of Duomo square lies the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a covered double arcade built in 1863 which connects Duomo square to the La Scala square. The Galleria is nicknamed il salotto di Milano, or Milan's drawing room, due to the number of shops and restaurants.


La ScalaIl Teatro "La Scala", the premier opera house in Italy, is probably Milan's best known landmark, built in 1776 in Neoclassical style. Partially destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and recently a stage tower was added by the Swiss architect Mario Botta.


Castello SforzescoNot far from Duomo square, the Castello Sforzesco can be found. This huge fortified complex, perhaps one of the most famous renaissance monuments, houses city museums and connects through its courtyard—the central core of the city—to one of the largest parks in the centre, the Sempione park.


The Last SupperImportant paintings can be found in the many art museums in Milan, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera and Poldi Pezzoli museum, but perhaps the most famous is The Last Supper fresco (Cenacolo Vinciano) by Leonardo Da Vinci, on the side of Santa Maria delle Grazie church.


Navigli canalsThe Navigli canals, where the port was located until the 19th century, are located in the south part of the city. The Navigli area is nowadays full of pubs and restaurants and is among the most famous nightlife district in town.

Additionally, a number of gorgeous sites, such as the Como, Maggiore and Garda lakes, are only one hour drive away.

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MIC - Milano Convention Centre
Via Giovanni Gattamelata 5
20149 Milano (MI)