Partner City since 20 October 1970
Milan, the capital of the Lombardy region, also doubles as Italy´s economic centre. Milan is the second-largest Italian city, geographically flanked by the Alps and Lake Como. This true world trade centre is home to thousands of businesses, corporations and banks, while also serving as headquarters for numerous Italian companies. A strong steel industry (car and engine manufacture), chemical and textile industries, and major international trade shows characterise the city´s business profile. Milan has another claim to fame. It is also the world´s foremost fashion centre, exuding extraordinary cosmopolitan flair and character.
Milan overflows with internationally renowned cultural attractions, including various opera houses (Teatro alla Scala) and theatres (Piccolo Teatro and many others), museums (Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo Poldi di Pezzoli, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana etc.), libraries, and much more.
Milan´s most famous landmark is its late-Gothic cathedral, a towering marble structure bristling with turrets and statues. Milan is no less famous for ”La Scala”, where composers such as Verdi and Puccini wrote opera history. Between the cathedral and La Scala one finds the way to what is popularly known as Italy´s most beautiful shopping promenade, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, renowned as the "Salon of Milano” since 1877.