Milan- perfect historical and shopping Destination of Europe
Milan or Milano is the second most populous city in Italy with population over 7 million, including its surrounding urban area. It means ‘in the middle’ is a landlocked and a sprawling happening ‘global city’ of Europe. Milan’s growth of urban and suburban area comprises of several provinces such as Brianza, Pavia, Bergamo, Como, Lecco, Monza, Varese and Novara. It’s largest non capital city of Europe and third biggest economy, in terms of GDP. Amalgamation of ancient history and bustling modernity makes it a perfect historical and shopping destination in Europe.
Milan is a bit underrated when the general tourist’s interest is seen in Rome or Florence more. It is a great destination for shoppers and for tourists who have keen interest in history. What factors make this city truly the best destination for tourists can be attributed to the following facts.
History of Milan
History of Milan goes back to 400 BC when it was abode of Celtic or Insubres who were known to have settled in Milan and adjoining places. Then in 212 it was conquered by Roman Empire who made it their capital of Western Roman Empire. Romans built many buildings for their royal entourage. Like Thermae Herculeae which is a big complex of palaces, buildings and allied services, its relics can be seen in Milan. In 313 BC, Roman Constantine I rode at the helm of this city, he advocated freedom for Christians to exercise their religion. After that Visigoths, Huns, Ostrogoths, Byzantine Empire, Lombards, Teutonic tribe, powered over It. Finally, It came under Holy Roman Empire.
In Middle Ages Milan prospered as a powerful hub of trade activities of Europe. Also became powerful with its rulers who fought the wars and made Milan a place of pride of Italians. It saw through an era of Napolean Bonaparte, French invasion, Austrian attack and survived outbreak of plague which took 60000 people’s life.
Places to see:
- Sempione Park is the largest park in central-Milan, built in 1890 has Napoleonic Arena, city Aquarium, a steel lattice tower, Japanese garden, public library and an art exhibition centre.
Montanelli Gardens- developed in 18th century the garden are well planned and have a National History Museum and Planetarium of the city.
- Forlanini park-not far off from city center Forlanini park is historical for Milan’s agriculture with a large pond and many well maintained old shacks.
- Parco Nord Milano is a wood land on north of this city developed as national park
- Parco Agricolo Sud Milano is a national park in South-Milan
- Parco Delle Cave or Sand pit park is developed on neglected land where excavation of sand and gravel was being done, now built with artificial lakes and forest
- Milan Cathedral
- Castello Sforzesco open museum
- Galleia Vittorio Emanuele II- great indoor shopping arena
- Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore- great ancient church
- La Scala Opera an old opera house
There are so many remains and reminders of the historical events happened here.
Milan is the haute couture centre and a fashionable city where there is no time lapse between clothes shown on ramps and those landing on the racks of the garment shops. The whole show of the fashion shops are in a town square Quadrilatero d’Oro that means ‘rectangle of gold’. It is one of the best fashion destinations of Europe.
All the big names have their presence there in this city like Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Marni, Prada, D & G, Fendi, Chanel etc.
Milan’s visit-friendly aspects
It is connected with all major cities of the world by daily flights. Accommodations are available matching all budgets. Its ethnic food is wholesome with more rice on the platter than pasta. Ideal time for visit is all the year round though summers are sultry, humid and hot some times and in winter’s temperature can go down to sub zero.