Walk in Milan, Italy
Milan is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city proper in Italy after Rome. It is the largest metropolitan area in Italy and one of the largest in the EU.
Milan is considered a leading alpha global city, with strengths in the fields of art, chemicals, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media (communication), services, research and tourism.
Its business district hosts Italy’s stock exchange (Borsa Italiana), and the headquarters of national and international banks and companies. In terms of GDP, Milan is the wealthiest city in Italy, has the third-largest economy among EU cities after Paris and Madrid, and is the wealthiest among EU non-capital cities.
Origins of the city:
One theory holds that the Latin name Mediolanum comes from the Latin words medio (in the middle) and planus (plain).
However, some scholars believe that lanum comes from the Celtic root lan, meaning an enclosure or demarcated territory (source of the Welsh word llan, meaning “a sanctuary or church”, ultimately cognate to English/German Land), and in this territory the Celtic communities built their shrines.
In prehistoric times, the Celtic Insubres, the inhabitants of the region of northern Italy called Insubria, appear to have founded a settlement around 600 BC.
During the Roman Republic, the Romans, led by consul Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Calvus, fought the Insubres and captured the settlement in 222 BC. The chief of the Insubres then submitted to Rome, giving the Romans control of the settlement.
The tourists are attracted by Milan’s museums and art galleries that include some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci. The city is served by many luxury hotels and is the fifth-most starred in the world by Michelin Guide.