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Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

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Milan

Italy's second-largest city and its business capital is at the center of Lombardy. It holds Italy's most renowned opera house, and as the epicenter of Italian fashion and design, it's a shopper's paradise. Rome may be bigger and have the political power, but Milan and the affluent north are what really make Italy go. Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper and other great works of art are also

here, as well as a spectacular Gothic Duomo, the finest of its kind. Milan even reigns supreme where it really counts (in the minds of many Italians), routinely trouncing the rest of the nation with its two premier soccer teams.

Milan is Italy's business hub and crucible of chic. Between the Po's rich farms and the industrious mountain valleys, it’s long been the country's capital of commerce, finance, fashion, and media. Rome may be bigger and have the political power, but Milan and the affluent north are what really make the country go. It's also Italy's transport hub, with the biggest international airport, the most rail connections, and the best subway system. Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and other great works of art are here, as well as a spectacular Gothic Duomo, the finest of its kind. Milan even reigns supreme where it really counts (in the minds of many Italians), routinely trouncing the rest of the nation with its two premier soccer teams.

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