Milan & Lombardy
Lombardy is a large northern Italian region incorporating Milan and beautiful Renaissance cities, as well as a varied geography from the fertile Lombardy plains to Italy's mountainous lake region in the North.
A sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country.
Thanks to its fortunate geographical setting and its dynamic business system, it is the first Italian region both for its volume and value of commercial exchange with foreign markets.
Symbol of modernity and development, the region plays a protagonist role as one of the Four Motors for Europe. Enterprises based in Lombardy are approx. 800 thousand, distributed over 16 industrial districts specialized in all the traditional Made in Italy domains such as fashion and furniture-decoration, but also in all the new technology-dominated ones, such as electronics, industrial automation and robotics. Moreover, by focusing on research and innovation, Lombardy aspires to attracting and facilitating the siting of high value added production activities in areas of excellence such as alimentary and non-alimentary biotechnology, design, new materials. Lombardy invests 1.4% of its GDP in research and innovation, which brings it to be one of the most innovative European regions.
This sector is closely associated to the university world: there are 12 universities in Lombardy, 7 of which are based in Milan. Some of them belong to the great tradition, like that of Pavia, founded in 1361, and others to the class of internationally acclaimed institutions, such as the Bocconi University, the Polytechnic and the Catholic University. About 250,000 young people and 8,000 foreign students enroll at the Lombardy Universities every year to attend university courses, summer schools and post-graduate courses.
The region is also one of the most visited: thanks to its beautiful mountains, lakes, parks and natural reserves, a patrimony of over 300 museums, works of art and monuments scattered throughout its territory, Lombardy attracts over 26 million visitors per year.
Lombardy produces 20.6% of the national added value: first place in Italy and fourth place in Europe. Thanks to its fortunate geographical setting and its dynamic business system, it is also the first Italian region both for its volume and value of commercial exchange with foreign markets.
Milan is the economic and financial capital of Italy, widely regarded as a global capital in industrial design, fashion and architecture.
Its urban area has a population of about 5 million people. Its business district hosts the Italian Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the largest national banks as well as many multinational companies.
The city is also well known for several international events and fairs, including the Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of their kind in the world.
Milan is an integrated technology center, featuring all the necessary skills and leading high-tech sectors and attracts students thanks to its top universities.
Milan is characterized by its dynamism, creativity and innovation. It is a “cool” city where there is room for every form of expression, whether it be opera, theatre, entertainment, music or sports.
Milan is visited by about 13.5 million tourists each year, attracted by the art exhibitions, museums, ancient churches and basilicas, including the Duomo, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
Milan most visited attractions are the Cathedral, the Sforza Castle, the Brera Art Gallery, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo’s Last Supper (Leonardo worked in Milan from 1482 until 1499).
Milan is also a major nation-wide and international centre of the performing arts, most notably opera. La Scala Theatre is considered as one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and, throughout its long history, it has hosted the premieres of numerous operas, such as Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi in 1842. The city also has a renowned symphony orchestra and musical conservatory, and has been a major centre for musical composition.
Guide to the City of Milan
Map of Milan
The subway network in Milan
The weather in Milan