A city of business, fashion and design, an industrial and administrative centre, the goal for generations of Italian immigrants and daily destination of thousands of commuters, home to publishers, newspapers and television networks, richly provided with theatres, museums, galleries and universities, the Milan of the 21st century is a metropolis that preserves the symbols of a long and illustrious past while displaying its capacity for change and renewal. Read more
The landmarks of an eminent past emerge within a heterogeneous but unquestionably rich and stimulating urban fabric: from the later stages of the Roman empire to the age of the city-states, from the Visconti and Sforza dynasties to the era of Spanish regime, from Habsburg rule in the 18th century to the Napoleonic splendours, from the initial phases of industrialisation to Art Nouveau and Deco, all the way to the post-war period and the contemporary world. This guide by Roberta D’Adda and Massimo Zanella is divided into eight itineraries that spread out from the Cathedral Square, the true heart of the city, toward the ancient city gates and then on into the modern outskirts, where innovative urban projects are currently taking shape. The book includes an abundance of illustrations to help visitors decide what to see, an introduction outlining the city’s history, a city plan showing the itineraries recommended and a practical index of places.