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Milan is the second largest city in Italy, located in the Lombardy region in northern Italy. Milan is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has hundreds of fantastic landmarks, museums, theaters, parks and other beautiful spots. Milan is heaven for shoppers and fashion lovers. It is a very stylish city full of old palaces and churches, fantastic museums, world class opera houses and theaters, cultural spots, amazing architecture, picturesque squares and lovely streets.
Spring and autumns seasons are very nice and warm, with occasional rainfalls. Late autumn months can often be rainy and foggy, while July is the warmest month of the year with average temperatures around 23 C. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 1 C. Summers are hot and humid, and most of the stores and shops are closed in August when locals go on their monthly summer holidays. Milan is nice to visit in spring around the Carnival time and right before Easter. Winter season is another fantastic time of the year to visit, when Milan is wonderfully decorated before Christmas.
Milan is world famous for the many modern, cultural and historic sites. The main Milan Cathedral called Duomo is in the middle of the main square of the city – Piazza del Duomo. It is one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals on the planet. You can climb up to the top of the Duomo and enjoy breathtaking views on the city. On Piazza del Duomo you will also find the Royal Palace dating from the 18th century. There you will find an exhibition center containing lots of different art works.
The famous opera house La Scala is also in the center of the city and is another spot that should not be missed. For fashion enthusiasts and shopping lovers – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the main spot, where you will find the most glamorous shops and famous clothing stores. The Brera Art gallery is another nice place, containing some of the world`s best artistic works. Pirelli Tower is a great landmark of the city and a prime example of Italian modern architecture. Castello Sforzeco is a large castle dating from medieval times, attracting millions of tourists each year. Any trip to Milan would not be complete without seeing the most famous museum dedicated to the genius artist Leonardo da Vinci. Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, and a home to the most famous painting in the world – The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci. For the sport lovers – visiting San Siro/Giuseppe Meazza Stadium is a must. There you can take a tour in the rich museums of the most popular Milanese football clubs - AC Milan and Internazionalle FC.
Besides museums, galleries and shops, Milan has great parks too. Sempione Park behind the Castello Sforzeco is full of green trees, flowers and lakes, and there is also an amphitheatre and a tower. Giardini pubblici or the public gardens is a park complex dating from the 18th century, located in the Porta Venezia district. These gardens built in English style contain lots of fountains, rockeries, monuments, statues and many other interesting things.
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