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 elegant Fiera–San Siro area of western Milan is the location of choice for most business travelers given the large number of head-offices here. The district owes its name to the Fiera Campionaria, the Milan Trade Fair, which dates back to the 1920s. For better or for worse this fair was largely relocated in 2005 to the outlying cities of Rho and Pero. Some fair attractions remain under the name Fieramilanocity. The city fairgrounds offer about 43 thousand square meters (that’s about 45 acres) of exhibition space right in the center of the district; the calendar of exhibitions is quite packed.
The Meazza Stadium, also called the San Siro Stadium, honors the Italian football player Giuseppe Meazza who led Italy in the World Cup of 1934 and 1938. Giuseppe was considered the best player of his generation and one of the all-time greats. He lost his father at age 7 during World War I and had to help his mother sell fruit in the market. When his mother hid his shoes to keep him from wasting time, GM learned to play barefoot, with a ball made of rags. This stadium was built in 1926, and renovated for the 1990 World Cup. If you are a soccer fan, you’ll want to visit the stadium museum.
The district’s Museo Popoli e Culture (Anthropological Museum) has a great collection of religious objects brought back by missionaries from various countries of the Far East. The museum opened in 1910 under the name "Ethnographic Museum Indo-China." Despite its focus on the Far East, at the time of this writing the museum features an exhibition on contemporary Andean Baroque: religious iconography in the paintings of the Cuzco School.
The Arco della Pace, a triumphal gate located at the beginning of Piazza Sempione in the district’s easternmost corner was initiated in 1807 to celebrate Napoleon’s victories and completed in 1838 for the coronation of Ferdinando I as King of Lombardy-Venetia. Its style evokes the Roman Settimio Severo’s arch. Spend some time viewing the lovely artwork at the base. The top of the arch offers a bronze Chariot of that originally faced France, but was turned to face the center of the city when Milan was ceded to Austria.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
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