Even though it sports the second-largest population in the country, Milan is the most important city in Italy from the financial point of view.
Fashion is really big business here, as well as a major draw of the city, featuring a range of shopping opportunities, from the upscale to the more reasonably priced, at first glance one might be inclined to think that the city’s style and atmosphere is nothing more than just show, just like the many models that grace its catwalks, but there’s more to it than that.
Milan is Italy’s economic engine room, it’s where the stock exchange is found, and even though it features a plethora of treasures that have survived World War II, Milan itself is not fueled solely by tourism.
What powers Milan is its creative streak – part of what makes its art and monument interesting as well – lots of household, high-end names have started in Milan, names such as Armani, Versace and Prada, to name just a few.
Fashionistas from all over the country, Europe, and even the rest of the world come to Milan to shop at the upscale flagship stores situated in the Quadrilatero d’Oro. Pretty much the whole city is populated with boutiques carrying emerging labels, concept stores, and even discount outlets which sell samples, and older seasons’ cast-offs are great for bargain hunters.
Not satisfied with just being a fashion capital and the financial capital of Italy, Milan is also a world capital for furniture and other related homewares, which actually works hand in hand with it being a hub for risky contemporary art.
As far as monument and attractions go, one cannot miss the ornate Duomo cathedral, the famous La Scala opera house and of course a plethora of museums, galleries and elegant palaces.
Of course, Leonardo da Vinci enthusiasts can book a viewing of “The Last Supper” and of course visit the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnica to see the original manuscripts of the great inventor’s drawings and models.