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The Alluring Features of Milan

Updated on October 25, 2016
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Busy roads of Milan

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Milan is one of the most important fashion capitals next to Paris, being the home of the most brilliant designers around the world. This is also where you can find international labels, which is why is a dream destination for many fashion lovers. The city is also the core of financial, industrial, and commercial industries as it serves as the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange and other headquarters for the country's biggest banks and multinational companies. Year after year, tourists would visit the place not only for its blazing fashion and architecture but also because of the infamous Milan Fashion Week.

It is the one of the four biggest fashion events, the others from Paris, London, and New York which is normally held between February-March for its summer fashion show and between September-October for its winter fashion show.

The Navigli or canals of Milan

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Skylines in Porta City of Milan (La nuova Milano)

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Piazza del Duomo with Milan's cathedral at the background

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Piazza del Duomo's interior

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"The Last Judgement" dome fresco style on the cathedral's ceiling

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Milan’s Iconic Landmarks

Milan is also home to a number of impressive buildings and structures which you can find at Piazza del Duomo. It is also known as the Cathedral Square, which geographically marks the center of the city and serves as a strong symbol for Milan's culture, heritage, and passion for arts. Over the years, it has become a favorite meeting spot for both locals and tourists. Just walking around the area allows you to observe the apparent lifestyle of the people in Milan.

Just located within Piazza del Duomo is the Milan Cathedral, which is known for its Gothic architecture. Presently, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. It took over six centuries just to finish the huge edifice but believe or not, it is only the fourth largest church in the world. Another structure that captivate many tourists with its grandiose façade is the monument of Italy‘s very first king Vittorio Emanuele II. Built in 1896, it has unbelievably stood strong and attractive throughout the years.

Another fascinating structure is the Palazzo Settentrionale which is located on the northern side of Piazza del Duomo. The arch serves as the entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Built in 1877, it features a breathtaking double arcade made of cast iron and elegantly arched glass that covers the street that links Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala.The Palazzo Meridionale, just across the Galleria exhibits the same style as the Palazzo Settentrionale. Both structures, with their propylaea and unornamented loggias are representations of the contemporary architecture.

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Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy.

Arengario Palace (Palazzo dell'Arengario)

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Holy Mary of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie)

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Royal Palace of Milan

The Royal Palace of Milan is another landmark that you should see. Inside the Royal palace are two of the best museums in the city – the Contemporary Art Museum and the Duomo Cathedral Museum. Your encounter with palaces does not end here, as the square has other spectacular palazzos (palaces) worth visiting. One of them is the Palazzo dell'Arengario (Arengario Palace). Aside from admiring this palace's intricate details, you can explore the Museo del Novecento museum just located inside the huge construction. Here, you can marvel at captivating art work created during the 20th century.

There are also notable sites in Milan that are outside the Piazza del Duomo's vicinity. Perhaps the most notable one is the Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace). What makes this church extra special is the presence of Leonardo d Vinci's Last Supper mural, specifically situated in the convent's refectory. This religious site draws in millions of visitors annually, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Royal Palace of Milan

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What you should expect in Milan (Fashion Fast Facts)

  • Milan is the where headquarters of famous designers are seated, such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana.
  • Its fashion week is not just gorgeous. It is perfectly stunning with striking beauties, elegance, and pride. So get ready for the most influencial clothing trends and the latest accessories, bags, shoes, and many more.
  • The Big Four always happen in this order - New York, London, Milan and Paris. If you book your vacation for the fashion week, you would surely see a lot of famous designers.

Milan's Spring/Summer Fashion Week 2013: You'll love it!

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