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Overview Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital city of Lombardy region and Milan province. Its socio-economic linkages have expanded beyond the city creating an enormous metropolis because of the great economic boom of the 1950s–60s. Over the years, Milan has had an increase in the number of international inhabitants, and 15.2% of Milan's population is foreign born. Milan is recognised as a world fashion and design capital, as well as an important centre of the international arts and musical scene. The city holds several renowned institutions, theatres and museums and many important monuments which includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Santa Maria delle Grazie). The metropolis also hosts several important events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world and will host the 2015 Universal Exposition. The city is also home to two renowned football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. Euromonitor International ranked Milan as the world's 63rd most visited city in 2009, with 1.894 million arrivals. Milan, for its pivotal economic role and its fervent political and cultural activity that often anticipates national trends, it is often nicknamed as the "moral capital of Italy"
Population 1.3 million
Airport Milan has three international airports. The Malpensa International Airport, the second busiest in Italy (about 19 million passengers in 2010), is 45 km (28 mi) from central Milan and connected to the city by the Malpensa Express railway service. The Linate Airport lies within the city limits and is mainly used for domestic and short-haul international flights. The airport of Orio al Serio, near the city of Bergamo, serves the low-cost traffic of Milan.
Climate Köppen climate classification classifies Milan as humid subtropical which is hot, humid and very sultry summers and cold, wet winters prevail. Snowfalls are relatively common during winter but with few days with snow. Wind is generally absent. In spring, though, gale-force windstorms can happen, generated either by Tramontana blowing from the Alps or by Bora-like winds from northeast.
Best Season The best time to holiday in Milan is in early summer, or early autumn, when the weather is warm and sunny.
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To avoid Mid-summer is stiflingly hot and humid in the city, and most locals head for the lakes at this time of year. Winters are very chilly, wet and foggy.
Pros Milan is the EU's 10th most important centre for business and finance with its economy being the world's 26th richest by purchasing power. Milan ranks highly in both national and international rankings in terms of GDP per capital, average income rates, cost of living, and quality of life. Based on some studies, Milan’s economic environment makes this city as the world's 20th and Europe's 10th top business and financial centre as being highly successful in terms of city branding. Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the city in the early 19th century. Milan is home to most international banks and the country's principal stock exchange. It has also seen a rapid increase in internet companies with both domestic and international companies such as Altavista, Google, Lycos, Virgilio and Yahoo establishing their Italian operations in Milan. The city is, of course, famous for its fashion houses, with names such as Armani, Versace and Valentino, and these have attracted numerous media and advertising agencies. Milan is also home a large number of telecommunication companies including both the state owned television companies and private media companies like Mediaset and Sky Italia. Milan also an important manufacturing center, especially for the automotive industry, with companies such as Alfa Romeo and Pirelli having a significant presence in the city. Other important products made in Milan include chemicals, machinery, pharmaceuticals and plastics. This city is a city of business : International business and splendor.
Cons Milan suffers social problems as every big city, there are many poor and homeless people who are living a hard existence. Milan is pollution capital of Europe as pollution is still very high.
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Tips Budget is no problem in this city, since there are lots of cheap hotels that offer satisfactory accommodations. Among them are: Hotel Sabatino, Hotel Berna, Enterprise Hotel, Hotel Brunelleschi, Una Hotel Cusni and others. They guarantee the lowest price and no booking fees.
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