Milan is the second largest city and the main economic centre of Italy. It is the capital city of the Milan province. It is situated in the north of Italy in the Lombardia region. All its biggest banks and the most important stock exchange in Italy make Milano a huge economic centre. Milano belongs to the richest cities in the European Union.

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There are several monuments and tourist attractions in Milan. The Milan Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in the world and it houses the biggest collection of marble statues. The Sforza Castle, built by Francesco Sforza, is a painting gallery. The world-famous painting The Last Supper is available in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

There are several universities and other institutions of higher education located in Milan, as well as the largest Italian university of technical specialization. Many artwork monuments can be seen in the city, such as the Castello Sforzesco, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, or the world-famous opera theatre La Scala.

The best area for shopping is called Quadrilateral. It is the seat of brands such as Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Exté, Ferragamo, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Trussardi, Valentino, Versace and Vuitton. The pedestrian area on Via Fiori Chiari offers galleries or style coffee shops for refreshment.

There are two famous football clubs operating in Milan, A.C. Milan and F.C Internazionale Milano. They both play their domestic matches on the San Sirio stadium having the capacity of 85,700 visitors. Milan hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1934 and 1990, the UEFA European Football Championship in 1980.

Milan is situated in the north of Apennine Peninsula, in the west of Lombardia. The city is located in a valley, the Alps are situated north of the city, as well as the borders with Switzerland and the city of Lugano. There are only small rivers (the Olona in the west, the Lambro in the east and Seveso) flowing through the city.

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