Milan Visitor information
Milan is an Italian city with a population of around 1.3 million people, making it the the capital of the region of Lombardia and the second largest city in the country, after Rome. Culturally, since the 19th century, Milan has been the Italian centre for book publishing and is considered to be a top location on the world music scene, thanks to the Scala Theatre with its long operatic traditions. During the industrial revolution, which lead Europe into the 19th century, the city became the “financial capital of Italy”, making with Turin and Genoa the “Industrial triangle". During the course of the last century, Milan’s economy became more stable, making it the largest financial market in the country, as well as one of the world’s fashion capitals, together with Paris, London and New York. Among the city’s iconic monuments are the Milan Cathedral and the Sforza Castle, which was originally an exclusively military complex.
The city centre is rich in palaces, built during the 17th and 18th centuries as private residences of the city’s most influential families. In the east is the Milan Idroscalo, which was constructed in the 1920s as a port for hydroplanes and converted in 1934 into an area for sports activities and public bathing resort. Being extremely popular in the summer months, the Idroscalo is considered locally as the “sea for the milanesi". Among the city’s scientific museums are National Museum of Science and Technology, famous among other things for the permanent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, and the Natural History museum, being the largest of its kind in Italy. From 1996, Milan hosts the Milan Film Festival, usually held in September in various open areas of the city.
Accommodation in Milan’s student residences
Milan has 5 public and 7 private universities. The biggest are the University of Milan, founded in 1923, and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the largest catholic university in the world. It should be understood that these residences are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting around Milan
Milan is the junction point between the great east-west A4 motorway from Turin to Trieste and the north-south A1 going through to Bologna, Rome and Naples, forming the backbone of Italy. The city is well linked by train to cities like Venice and Genoa and is also served by the high speed trains from Turin and Bologna. The biggest airport is the Milano-Malpensa (MXP), located in the Varese province. It is linked to the city centre with a rail shuttle service and several bus routes. The nearest airport is the Milano-Linate (LIN), which hosts exclusively national, European and low-cost airlines. The metro system has three lines with a fourth in construction and a fifth in the planning stages.