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Milan, northern Italy

The second largest Italian city in population (after Rome). Population (1991) 1,369,231.

Milan is a leading commercial, financial, and manufacturing center of Italy and a major center of intellectual and artistic life. Milan is mainly a modern city, surrounded by industrial suburbs. It has many tall apartment and office buildings in the business district and extensive residential and industrial sections. A subway system was opened in 1964.

Milan leads Italian cities in the manufacture of chemicals and textiles. clothes Other important products include aircraft, automobiles, foodstuffs, clothing, glass, leather and rubber goods, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. Olivetti The city has a large book and music publishing industry, many banks, and the principal stock exchange of Italy. An international trade fair is held annually in Milan in April. patent lawyer

Home to 400 banks and major industrial companies, Milan’s strong economic base has made it one of Italy’s most influential cities. Milan is also an international centre for the fashion industry, which developed here during the 1980s. However, Milan’s commercial success has brought its own problems. The city, with its sprawling suburbs, congested roads and inadequate public transport for commuters is not perceived as a good place to bring up a family and this is reflected in the falling population figures. Nevertheless, despite its problems, Milan is overall a dynamic, cultural city at the forefront of modern Italy. Silvio Berlusconi was born here in 1936.

The principal square is the Piazza del Duomo, at one end of which stands the Duomo, or cathedral, a huge Gothic structure of white marble, begun in 1386 and completed in 1965. To the southwest of the Piazza del Duomo is the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio (AD 386). Near the basilica is the 15th-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Adjacent to the church is a former Dominican monastery, in the refectory of which is the famous fresco Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Cultural Institutions. Among institutions devoted to culture in Milan is the 17th-century Palazzo di Brera, which houses the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, a library, and the Brera Art Gallery. The Palazzo dell'Ambrosiana houses the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which was opened in 1609 and was perhaps the first public library in Europe. Milan also has excellent museums of art, historical events, and natural history; the Institute for the Study of International Politics; the world-famous Teatro alla Scala opera house; a noted conservatory of music; and several universities.

There’s also plenty of nightlife in Milan with its many cafés, bars and clubs, especially in the lively Brera and Navigli districts (both in the city centre).

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Ancient Mediolanum is believed to have been founded by a Celtic people. Captured by the Romans in 222 BC, it flourished under the Roman Empire and became the residence of the emperors of the West in the 4th century AD. The city was sacked by the Huns under Attila in about 450 and was destroyed by the Goths in 539. By the end of the 8th century the city had begun to prosper again. During the Middle Ages, Milan was governed by a number of archbishops, under whom the city had a certain degree of independence.

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