How to reach Milan?


Main city of Lombardy with 1,724,557 inhabitants in 2005, the provincial capital, situated at 123 m high in a flat area, crossed by rivers Olona and Lambro, between two of the major tributaries of the Po, the Ticino and Adda, to few kilometers from the first steps of the Brianza hills. The municipal area, large 181.75 sq km, has 1,732,000 inhabitants.

The town is located in the happy position for communications radiating in every direction: north to the lakes, the Alpine foothills and some mountain passes; west towards Piedmont, east to the Veneto, south towards the Po and the Ligurian Sea, Genoa with its maritime outlet.

The Canal Grande, the Naviglio di Pavia, the Martesana connect it with the Ticino, the Adda and the Po, together with other fluvial-lacustrine channels. This conjunction of favorable conditions has since M. E. It stimulated the activities of the inhabitants who were able to reap wonderful results.

Milan is a typical city of the plains and has inherited from the past an urban structure radiocentric, that is made up of transverse axes connected to each other by successive circles. This form does not facilitate the many functions of city life. Today, after 24 centuries of history, each with its footprint, the center is looking for a new structure and size. The destruction of World War II (150,000 premises destroyed) could offer a new starting point, but the expectation was disappointed in the enthusiasm of the reconstruction unplanned. A new feature is the Management Centre on vacated land dall'arretramento the Central Station; the District Office was populated by skyscrapers, where large industries have set up their headquarters (the highest is 127 m).

The E.N.I. created, as its headquarters and its employees, a satellite city, Metanopoli finitimo in the municipality of San Donato Milanese and new residential neighborhoods are almost everywhere from the Eighth Triennial district are developed (QT.8), built in San Siro.

Of Roman monuments we have very few remains. The amphitheater was near Via Arena, the hole near San Sepolcro Square, the Imperial Palace and spas in the area of ??Piazza Mentana, a colonnaded road along the Corso di Porta Romana. Under the Stock Exchange building remain the foundation of the theater; in the Monastery Maggiore a polygonal tower and a section of the walls of Maximian; at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore 16 Corinthian columns of the buckets. II-III d. C.

Among the early Christian churches are mentioned: San Giovanni in Conca, the chapel of San Vittore in Ciel d'Oro, pre-Ambrosian; Sant'Ambrogio, San Nazaro, St. Denis, St. Simpliciano, ambrosiana of age, San Lorenzo a central plan of the century V. All these buildings have undergone radical transformations over the centuries. After the destruction of the Gothic century. VI town resources with pre-Romanesque aimed especially for the work of the Masters of Como, but it was destroyed again by Barbarossa, after which the new municipality showed up within a new fortified walls, and buildings that characterize much of the Lombard-Emilian Romanesque production: 'imposing basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (apse of the century. IX), Sant' Eustorgio, San Celso, San Babila, etc.

To sec. XIII dates from the Broletto, with equestrian statue of Antelami influence; under the Visconti you notice the first infiltration of the Gothic in the Loggia degli Ossi, until you reach the Gothic monument par excellence, the cathedral, which determines the new schedule of becoming the city center. The work was completed only in sec. XIX (facade of C. Amati).

Under the Sforza and in particular under Ludovico il Moro, opened off Renaissance breath in the magnificent castle Sforza, brick, square plan with corner towers (radically restored in sec. XX), which operated Giovanni da Milano, Filarete ; Hospital increased, expanded in the seventeenth and eighteenth Dry, designed in Renaissance style with Gothic memories from Filaret; the Portinari chapel in S. Eustorgio, with the merger of michelozziani and Lombard ways, frescoed by V. Foppa; in balanced Bramante creations: in the youth S. Satyr (3 three naves with barrel vaults and a hemispherical dome, the octagonal sacristy and scanned orders from terracotta frieze), in the grandstand, cloister and the old sacristy of S. Maria delle Grazie, attached to the existing building by G. Solari, containing frescoes by B. Butinone, G. Ferrari and refettonio the Last Supper by Leonardo; in the works of Solari and their school: San Pietro in Gessate, San Bernardino nuns, Santa Maria Peace, Santa Maria crowned, almost all decorated with frescoes; also: St. Mary of the Passion G. Battaglio with Baroque façade; Santa Maria at San Celso, the two cloisters of Sant'Ambrogio; Cascina Pozzobonelli, triabsidato oratory; the Trivulzio Chapel Bramantino at San Nazaro greater.

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How to get in Milan by train

Get to Milan by train means staying in the heart of the city just a few minutes by bus or metro from the main tourist sites. Central Station trains arrive from all over Europe and from all over Italy. At the station of Porta Garibaldi come mainly trains from major Italian cities, but also the TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon. Cadorna station trains from Saronno, Novara, Como and Ace. From Milan Lambrate Station pass regional and interregional trains from Piacenza, Voghera and the other Milanese railway stations. From Central Station, Cadorna and Garibaldi for buses and shuttles to Milan airports: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio.

How to get in Milan by plane

The three city airports of Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio can reach Milan from all over the world. The airports are connected to the railway stations by bus and shuttle services: Malpensa airport is about 45 minutes from Central Station, less than twenty minutes Linate, Orio al Serio airport about 40 minutes. The latter is the hub of the low cost flights, especially Ryan Air, while the other two boats arriving and departing airplanes of big flag carriers Air France, KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, Iberia. Malpensa however, has a much higher traffic, about 20 million passengers a year, compared to about 9 million of Milan Linate.

How to get in Milan by car

In Milan you arrive by car from the A1 motorway from Florence-Bologna, the A7 from Genoa, from the A4 Turin-Venice, from the A8 Autostrada dei Laghi. In some large stations Milanesa, usually those close to the outputs of the ring road (north and Famagusta Cologno, Abbiategrasso and Assago for the Green Line, Sesto 1° Maggio, Lampugnano, Rho-Pero and Bisceglie for the Red Line, San Donato and Comasina for the Yellow Line) are the large car parks available for those arriving from the hinterland cities.

Milan Metro Lines

The network of public transportation in Milan is really widespread. The three metro lines, which will become four in sight Expo2015, through the city and intersect at several stations: Loreto (lines 1 and 2), Central (lines 2 and 3), Cathedral (Lines 1 and 3), Cadorna (Lines 1 and 2). Are almost a hundred subway stops of up to some hinterland municipalities, like Cologno Monzese, San Donato, Sesto San Giovanni, Abbiategrasso, Assago and get off at Rho-Pero Fieramilano. The city is also crossed by a dense network of bus and tram lines.

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