Its name evokes the ancient use of this complex, which was built in the middle of the 19th century industrial revolution: it was a large company set up to manufacture and repair rolling and fixed stock for trains, trams and the like.

The tramcar repairs sector was booming and market opportunities were rapidly multiplying; besides the maintenance business, the company began to produce rolling-stock for some of the many railway companies that had sprung all over Italy at the beginning of the century.

New tramcars were being studied with increasing attention given their growing role as driver of economic development, following the transition from animal traction to steam or electricity. After the outbreak of World War I, the buildings were used for different activities, including in the textile, printing and pharmaceutical industries.
The Steam Factory is currently owned by the City Council of Milan, which has organised the area and the original buildings in such a way as to safeguard the basic architectural appearance, which is considered a precious example of industrial technology, while using a large area for the establishment of a youth center dedicated to cultural, artistic and production activities. the structure is extremely adaptable and flexible to suit different functions: exhibitions of different types, art galleries, shows, conferences, etc., especially dedicated to young people.

The overall surface area is about 30,000 square meters while the gross surface area of the buildings is about 14,000 square meters.

The Steam Factory is located not far from downtown, in a semi-central area that has developed into a modern district, close to the new underground line 5, the Garibaldi Railway Station and the new Business center, which features italy’s tallest skyscrapers.


Hotel Marconi

Via Fabio Filzi, 3
Milan - 20124
+39 02 6698 5561


Hotel Royal Garden

Via G. Di Vittorio, 4
Assago - 20090
+39 02 457811


Hotel B&B

Via Messina, 38
Milan - 20154
+39 02 3140591


Senato Hotel Milano

Via Senato, 22
Milan - 20121
+39 02 781236


Hotel Hermitage

Via Messina, 10
Milan - 20154
+39 02 318170


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


Capital Rome
Geographical size 301 336 km2
Population 60 782 668 (2014)
Population as % of total EU population 12% (2014)
GDP € 1,560 trillion (2013)
Official EU language(s) Italian
Political system parliamentary republic
EU member state since 1 January 1958
Seats in the European Parliament 73
Currency Eurozone member since 1 January 1999
Schengen area member? Yes, Schengen Area member since 26 October 1997
Presidency of the Council Italy has held the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU 12 times between 1959 and 2014.
data excerpted from europa.eu

To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and its borders are largely naturally defined by the Alpine watershed. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two largest Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia as well as around 68 smaller islands. There are two small independent states within Italy: the Vatican City in Rome, and the Republic of San Marino.

The most important sectors of Italy’s economy is wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (20.6 %) and industry (18.4 %) and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (16.9 %).

Italy’s main export partners are Germany, France and the US while its main import partners are Germany, France and China.

With more than 47.7 million tourists a year (2013), Italy is the fifth highest tourist earner, and fifth most visited country in the world. People mainly visit Italy for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion and culture, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments. Italy contains more World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. In fact, the country is home to fiftyone UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including many entire cities such as Verona, Siena, Vicenza, Ferrara, San Gimignano, Urbino, Matera, Pompei, Noto and Siracusa. Ravenna hosts an unprecedented eight different internationally recognized sites.

About Expo Milano 2015

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015.Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibiting nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibiting countries.

Expo Milano 2015 will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world. On the one hand, there are still the hungry (approximately 870 million people were undernourished in the period 2010-2012) and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food (approximately 2.8 million deaths from diseases related to obesity or to being overweight in the same period). In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year. For these reasons, we need to make conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources. 

Reflection on the Expo theme becomes a time of sharing and celebration, involving conferences, events and performances. Every aspect and every moment of, as well as every participant at, Expo Milano 2015 define and move forward the chosen theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

To learn more