Milano is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. Milano is renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion and one of the major financial and business centers of the world. The city is the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange (the Borsa Italiana) "Piazza Affari" and its hinterland is an avant-garde industrial area. The city hosted the World Exposition in 1906 and the Universal Expo in 2015. Milano hosts 11 Universities and the Politecnico plays a significant role in engineering, architecture and design.
Milano’s origin goes back to 400 B.C., when Gauls settled and defeated the Etruscans. In 222 B.C. the city was conquered by Romans and was annexed to the Roman Empire. In 1300 the Visconti family were the noblemen, who ruled and brought a period of glory and wealth to the city. The Duomo was built in 1386 and became the symbol of Milano and the third largest church in the world. It is overall made of marble, with immense statues, arches, pillars, pinnacles. From the roof you can experience a beautiful panorama of the city! The Sforza family assumed the Castle and the power of the Viscontis and finally Milano achieved peace after many years of war against Venice and Florence. Under the Sforza duchy the city began the development of sciences, art and literature. Ludovico il Moro (Ludovico Sforza) called Leonardo da Vinci and “il Bramante” to his court.
Beside fashion, design, business and history, Milano is nowadays one of the most relevant cities in the world in term of state-of-the-art architecture.
City Life, the project of requalification of the Milanese fair area, is designed by the “archistars” Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid.
This extraordinary project aims to represent “Milano as a gate to Europe” with its city’s largest pedestrian area, the third Milanese green park and three brand new skyscrapers symbolizing the city around the globe. City Life, located nearby MiCo Congress Centre, regards a total area of 366.000 square meters and provides for a well-structured and balanced mix of public and private functions among residences, offices, shopping halls, green areas and public spaces.
The jury of the International Highrise Award resolved unanimously: the residential high-rise Bosco Verticale, designed by the Italian Stefano Boeri Architetti
and Barreca & La Varra won the prize 2015 for the world’s most innovative high-rise building and can be considered a prototype for the cities of tomorrow.
Milano is the city that better represents the international character of Italy, it’s comparable to London, Frankfurt and Paris.
Milano has always been a rich and important city. It has always been a place full of various famous artists and offers a big variety of buildings, churches, monuments and museums, among them Santa Maria delle Grazie, built between 1466 and 1490. In the Refectory there is one of the most famous paintings of Leonardo da Vinci: the “Last Supper” fresco. Milano is also synonymous of La Scala, one of the most famous lyrical theatres in the world.