Milan (population 1.25 million) was chosen as the capital by Napoleon in the year 1786 for a number of years, before Rome became the capital of Italy in the year 1861. It might not enjoy the status of being a capital city, but Milan is famous as the true heart of Italy.
The Center of the Universe (errr, Italy)
Home to the country’s stock exchange, the business capital and the center of Italy’s fashion industry, Milan works hard, but it certainly plays hard. From shopping and drinking to football, Milan is one city that lives for recreation. To really understand the people and their culture, try experiencing the charms of being in the city when it hosts an Inter Milan Vs AC Milan football match. Other attractions of the city include La Scala Opera, the National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The Last Supper (literally)
Among other things, the Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan is also home to Da Vinci’s Last Super, considered to be one of the most iconic and debated paintings on the planet. This painting alone is worth a trip to Milan.
How to Get Around
Milan presents an incredibly efficient public transportation system that includes metro lines, trolley-buses, buses and trams.