Milan, Italy

[ 0 ] August 28, 2011 |

Milan (Milano in Italian) is the second largest city in Italy and the capital of the Lombardy region. The Milan Metropolitan Area is one of Europe’s highest population areas with a total population of approximately 7.4 million. The great economic boom during the 1950-60’s allowed the city to prosper and grow.

We stopped by Milan’s main cathedral the Duomo. It’s made of white marble and has hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on its façade.

Duomo di Milano

On the north side of Duomo Square is the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This shopping district is a double arcade or covered walk made of cast iron and glass arches. The two glass vaulted arcades intersect at an octagonal central space topped with a glass dome. The arcade provides protection for pedestrians so the shopping can always continue! It was built around 1865 and is named after the first king of united Italy.  The four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling many luxury goods. This was the first enclosed shopping strip and inspired the development of enclosed shopping malls. It is also the namesake for many other shopping malls worldwide often named “Galleria”.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

We stayed in a neighborhood located at the Wagner metro stop. It was beautiful. The buildings were lovely and every street was filled with outdoor seating. Each night we ate outside and enjoyed “aperitif” which is something to eat before a big meal- pretty much appetizers. This particular neighborhood seemed to have everything very close when you needed it- we really loved it.

Of the large cities in Italy, Milan seems like one of the best places to live. It’s a dynamic fashion and design capital with both new development and history all around.

(We left everyday without our camera somehow- Borrowed these 2 photos.)

 

 

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