We hope that you are enjoying our series of articles and guest articles on Italian tourist attractions, covering the entire country except for its major cities. In a sense we have left the best for last. We will describe what to see in Italy’s great cities neighborhood by neighborhood. You may not realize it, but Milan is divided into 8 districts. And each and every one of these districts boasts its own sightseeing attractions. If you have time, visit them all. In any case, read these articles to help plan your trip to Europe's fashion capital. You may be in for some real surprises.
Città Studi is located in eastern Milan. This district hosts Italy’s largest technical university Polytechnic of Milan, founded 1n 1863. Its façade still displays its old name Regio Politecnico (Royal Polytechnique). The main facilities were founded in 1927. However, there are also satellite campuses in many other Italian cities such as Como and Cremona. The institute is home to many famous scientists, including Giulio Natta, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1963. At its founding Polytechnique had a grand total of 36 students. Today it has over 16 thousand students in Engineering alone and graduates almost one out of five Italian engineers. But it graduates almost four out of five Italian designers.
The district is home to several other educational institutions including the Universita Statale, a major research university divided into nine faculties ranging from Agriculture to Veterinary Medicine. This district is a charming residential area. Many of its buildings were built in the Liberty style from the twenties to the fourties, with asymmetrical, curvaceous designs inspired by organic sources such as plants and flowers. Common building materials are wrought iron, stained glass, tile, and hand-painted wallpaper.
A unique feature of this district is the Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino (Museum of Small Toys and Small Children) dedicated to toys, children, and the art of playing. Its collection of playthings numbers more than 2000 items dating from the Eighteenth Century to the 1960s, in effect tracing the history of playing. The museum also features a reconstructed century-old school classroom associated with the best-selling author Edmondo De Amicis famous work Cuore (Heart), once a popular book in eastern Europe, China, Fascist Italy, and Israel of the 1950s.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
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