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 Porta Garibaldi district lies in northwestern Milan. It is named for a Neo-Classical arch that was originally dedicated to Francesco I of Austria to commemorate his Milan visit in 1825. This arch was rebuilt a few years later and dedicated in 1860 to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the leader of the fight for Italian independence. This Doric arch is flanked by two porticoed gates facing the road.
In more or less the district center is the Cimitero Monumentale; Milan's most prestigious cemetery occupying about 250,000 square meters (over 60 acres). The cemetery opened in 1866 and boasts (the word is unfortunately appropriate) quite a collection of contemporary and classical Italian sculptures, obelisks, and Greek temples. There is even a small version of Trajan's Column. The main entrance is through the large Famedio, a massive marble and stone Neo-Medieval style building that itself contains prestigious tombs. Palanti Chapel is a monument honoring the 800 Milanese citizens killed in Nazi concentration camps.
The Garibaldi Railway Station, situated east of the cemetery, is Milan’s second most important railway station. It handles 25 million passengers a year. Built in 1963, it was completely renovated in 2006. This station is increasingly used for high-speed trains.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
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