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Top 5 Facts about Milan you Might not Know

People during Milan Fashion week, Italy on February, 27 2015. Eccentric and fashionable people outside city during Milan fashion week wait for models and famous people
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People during Milan Fashion week, Italy on February, 27 2015. Eccentric and fashionable people outside city during Milan fashion week wait for models and famous people

Even if you’ve read and heard a lot about it, or have perhaps seen many postcards and movies depicting it, Milan may still surprise you. This city is well worth being included in your list of must-see places. Fashion, good food, vibrant night life – what more could you possibly want in a city?

1. Milan is the birthplace of the two strongest teams in the Italian football league – FC Inter and FC Milan. Interestingly, the latter belongs to the country’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is a big football fan. Both teams play in the San Siro Stadium – the largest in the whole of Italy.

2. The aperitif tradition belongs to the people of Milan, and is one of the oldest Italian gourmand traditions. Aperitif is not only an excellent way to engage your guests before dinner or start an interesting conversation while sipping wine or some other drink, but also the Italian version of the English “happy hour”.

Aerial view of milan downtown with new modern building made of glass
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Aerial view of milan downtown with new modern building made of glass

Aperitif – also called “finger food” – consists of pleasant social interaction and food eaten with one’s hands. Almost every bar and café of the city offer aperitif, which traditionally consists of a selection of snacks to go with cocktails that the guests had already ordered. In Milan, these snacks are traditionally eaten between 7 and 9 PM.

3. In terms of cookery and the world of taste, Milan stands out from the rest of Italy – unlike many other Italian cities, it’s not that keen on the traditional pizza and pasta dishes. Here are a few real dishes of the city: Risotto Milanese (rice with saffron), Ossobuko (stewed veal shanks) and Cotolette alla Milanese (fried beef cutlets).

4. To the people of Milan, fashion means the mood of the day, rather than showing off social status and success.

People gather outside Armani fashion show building for Milan Men's Fashion Week
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People gather outside Armani fashion show building for Milan Men's Fashion Week

5. The gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II, located in the central square – Piazza del Duomo – is Milan’s business card. It is this gallery which is now a modern shopping centre that is often depicted on the covers of international magazines and city postcards.

During the sales that take place at the beginning of January and July one can buy original famous brand clothing several times cheaper than they normally cost. The most interesting thing about the gallery, however, is that it’s also home to some of the world’s most famous fashion designers. That’s why people often run into people like Giorgio Armani, whose apartment is located right above the shop bearing his name. The designer often comes down to talk to shoppers and tourists.

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