The spiritual home of Italian fashion, style and design. It is the largest city of the north and, along with Turin, one of the main centres of Italy’s two most cosmopolitan regions Piedmont and Lombardy. Outside the city skiing and hiking are prime activities, while the lure of the lakes and mountains to nature lovers is now time-honored.
Transformation is underway in Milan, Italy’s economic centre and a cosmopolitan city synonymous with fashion and design.
Its tallest landmark for centuries has been its vast gothic Duomo, which took 600 years to build. But the skyline is changing with the modern high-rises – including those designed by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind – in the new Porta Nuova and CityLife business districts.
Piazza Gae Aulenti, near the major shopping and dining street of Corso Como, provides the city with a new social hub in the form of a city square with shops, restaurants and fountains.
Innovation is all around in Milan, including at the Salone del Mobile, the world’s biggest furniture fair, and the biannual fashion week, whose glamorous protagonists pack out elegant palaces every Spring and Autumn. Milan’s cuisine is similarly illustrious; the city comes second only to Naples for the most Michelin starred restaurants in Italy.
Milan is an easily navigable, safe city that offers a high quality of life for families. Most property buyers are Italians looking for primary residences or overseas investors with family connections or who want a pied à terre for business trips to a city that’s well connected by air and rail. Its historic centre, around Via Montenapoleone, Brera and Piazza Castello, remain its most sought after and high priced addresses.
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