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.
The Corso Buenos Aires in northeastern Milan is one of the city’s major shopping streets. This avenue runs for approximately 1.2 kilometers (about three quarters of a mile) and boasts some 350 stores. In fact, it is said to have the highest concentration of clothing stores in all Europe. The focus is on ready to wear clothing but given the number of stores, you’ll find what you want if you don’t mind the crowds. Some of its buildings are neo-classical or art nouveau. Others are modern. Of course, the tramway is gone.
Another neighborhood feature is the Stazione Centrale (Milan’s Central Railway Station), a monument of Fascist architecture even though its cornerstone was laid by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1906. Trains from Stazione Centrale run to most major Italian destinations, including Rome, Bologna and Florence. There are also a supermarket and several bars.
You may want to stare up at the Palazzo Pirelli, formerly headquarters of the Italian tire manufacturer and until recently the main regional administrative building. According to tradition no building in Milan could be higher than the Madonna of the Duomo. So when this skyscraper was built a small replica of the statue overlooking the marble Candoglia del Duomo was placed at the top. For some fifty years this was Milan’s tallest building but the 2010 Palazzo Lombardia is now taller. Life goes on.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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