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 Vittoria district is situated in south-eastern Milan. Porta Tosa was the eastern gate of the Spanish walls of Milan, dating back to the Sixteenth Century. For the five days from March 18 to 22, 1848, in a major battle during the First Italian War of Independence, the city of Milan rose up against the Austrian occupiers at the cost of over four hundred dead Milanese. Their victory is commemorated in the Piazza Cinque Giornate, which hosts a monument to that historic battle and a crypt containing the victims.
The Rotonda della Besana (also called the Rotonda di Via Besana) is a Seventeenth Century Late Baroque building that contained the now deconsecrated Church of San Michele. This complex includes the mid-Fifteenth Century Ospedale Maggiore of Milan, the oldest hospital in the city and one of the oldest in the world. The neighboring cemetery holds more than 150 thousand people, most of whom died in the hospital. The building was abandoned in the late-Eighteenth Century and purchased by the city of Milan about 50 years ago. It is now used as public open space and to host temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
Alessandrini Park, inaugurated in 1980 and recently restructured, is dedicated to the judge Emilio Alessandrini, murdered in 1979 by the terrorist organization Prima Linea. It includes two big playgrounds for children, three bowling greens, and lots of fruit trees. A sculpture and commemorative plaque honor this undauntable judge. Near the park you’ll find the Eighteenth Century Cascina Colombč di Sopra and Colombč di Sotto, rural settlements. Another district park is Fomentano Park, also known as Parco di Largo Marinai d’Italia, which houses the sailors’ war memorial, built in honor of those killed during the second World War.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
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