Welcome to MILAN
Milan is the capital of the Lombardy Region and Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. 3.8 million people live in the Milan metropolitan area. Milan can be considered a bridge between the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe. And with its monuments and museums, its beautiful Alpine lakes and ski slopes, its location not far from Venice and the beaches of the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas, Milan is certainly Italy’s most important crossroads.
Milan is a famous center of art and culture. Its architectural, artistic and museum heritage is of great interest. It is famous in particular for its Cathedral (Duomo) but can boast also an imposing Castle, historic churches, and palaces. World famous masterpieces include Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà at the Castello Sforzesco and works by Mantegna, Bramante and Raphael at the Pinacoteca di Brera.
One of the most famous Milanese cultural institutions is ‘La Scala’ opera house. Its opera, ballet and symphony productions attract thousands of people from all over the world.
Milan has won the bid to host the International Exhibition Expo 2015 whose theme is: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
Milan is an economic powerhouse where the largest Italian and multinational corporations operate. It is also an observatory for social transformations in Europe and the Mediterranean area. The economy of the Milan metropolitan area generates about 10% of Italy’s G.D.P. The leading industrial sectors are mechanical engineering, machine manufacturing, design, and fashion. IT and biotechnology expanded greatly in the 1990s. The biotech industry is supported by a network of research centers, science and technology labs, and medical structures, which facilitate experimentation and industrialization. Milan is home to leading Italian and European ICT and hi-tech corporations who have their production and research centers here.
Five million business travelers come to Milan every year and the New Fiera Milano exhibition complex located in Rho/Pero is Europe's largest
The city has long been a leader in publishing and is now gaining prominence in the telecommunications and energy sectors. Milan is among Europe’s top five financial centers and the only Italian gateway to the international financial market. Such a dynamic and diversified economic system is inevitably interconnected with the university network as well as with private and public research institutes like the CNR (National Research Council), the INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research.
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