Milan, a metropolis city in Italy, is a global capital of fashion and design. It is famous for its high-end restaurants and shops. It covers an area of 181.8 km2 with a population of 13.5 lakhs as in 2017. Local time in Milan is an hour ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Euro is the operating currency is Italy which is approximately equal to 1.14 US dollar. Milan receives 8.8 million visitors each year.
Weather and climate
Milan experiences moderately continental climate with cold, damp winters and hot, muggy summers. The minimum temperature observed in winters is -1°C while the maximum temperature in summers is 29°C. Milan receives an average rainfall of 950 mm which is approximately equally distributed throughout the year. Snow usually falls at least once a year but tends to melt soon.
Best time to visit
Milan receives maximum tourists in April, May, June, and September. You need to carry an umbrella, irrespective of the time of your visit. Peak winters should be avoided because snow may cause hindrance in your visit.
Places of attraction
It is a gothic cathedral church dedicated to St Mary. It is the seat of the chief bishop of Milan. One of the largest cathedrals in the world, it took nearly 6 centuries to complete. Having a height of 108 m, it has a capacity of 40,000 people.
It was built by Francesco Sforza (Duke of Milan) in the 15th Renovated and enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was one of the largest fortresses in Europe. Built in the Renaissance architecture, it was founded in 1360. Apart from being a castle, it also serves as a museum. You can visit this place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
It is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall. The Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Opened in 1877, it is housed within a four storey double arcade. Built in the Renaissance Revival architecture, it is open on all days at all times.
The Last Supper
It is a late 15th-century painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is one of the most recognizable paintings in the western world. Leonardo da Vinci started painting the last supper on the wall in the dining hall of Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in 1495 and completed it in 1498. Its dimensions are 4.6 m * 8.8 m.
Teatro Alla Scala
This lavish 18th-century theater is famous for its Italian opera and ballets, with a museum and a music library. It was inaugurated on 3rd August 1778. Built in the neoclassical architecture, it has a capacity of 2030 people.