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Sep 21, 2017
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More listings for ItalyMilan, the largest international hub in Italy, is rather known as a large fashion and industry centre. Milan is today the most modern of Italian cities. But that gateway to Italy is less often considered as a tourist highlight. In reality, Milan deserves to be better known and explored, as it is the unspoiled very essence of Northern Italy.
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Milan, the largest international hub in Italy, is rather known as a large fashion and industry centre. Milan is today the most modern of Italian cities. But that gateway to Italy is less often considered as a tourist highlight. In reality, Milan deserves to be better known and explored, as it is the unspoiled very essence of Northern Italy.

A little longer stay in Milan reveals a wealth of artistic interest in the many fine churches, rich galleries and museums, historic buildings or picturesque canals called naviglio designed by Leonardo da Vinci in order to connect the inland city with the sea.

The German name for Milan is Mailand, Land of May, which has a green refreshing aspect; but the most generally accepted explanation of the name is that it is a mixed word, between Latin and Teutonic, signifying the Middle Land, and suggested by the city's central position in the Plain.

The Visconti and the Sforza dominated Milan's history, and the Castello Sforzesco (literally the castle of the Sforzas) is still a prominent architectural feature. This immense 14 Century square building has been greatly renovated in the Renaissance style. It is from there that, under the reign of Lodovico the Moor, the city was turned into a metropolis attracting Leonardo da Vinci.

La Scala is the most prestigious opera house in the world. It was inaugurated in 1778, and renovated a few years ago. It saw Verdi and Rossini as they made their grand debut, and reached its peak when the flamboyant Arturo Toscanini directed the orchestra. Its simple facade contrasts with the magnificent concert hall inside... Do not miss that concert hall: either attend a concert or ballet performance, or visit the opera house museum, from where it can be spotted.

The Duomo (cathedral) of Milan is another masterpiece. The construction work was directed by a variety of Italian, German and French project managers, for a good few centuries. Magnificent stained glass windows ornament naves and transepts.

The true spirit of Milan may well be in the nearby Piazza dei Mercanti (Square of the Merchants). This quiet square has statues of saints, a Baroque palace and the statue of the Magistrate Oldrado da Tresseno displayed in a niche on the wall.

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