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Comune di Milano
Clockwise from top: Porta Nuova, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala, Sforza Castle, CityLife project, Arch of Peace, and Milan Cathedral
Flag of Milan
Coat of arms of Milan
Coat of arms
Milan is located in Lombardy
Milan is located in Italy
Milan is located in Europe
Coordinates: 45°28′N 09°11′E / 45.467°N 9.183°E / 45.467; 9.183Coordinates: 45°28′N 09°11′E / 45.467°N 9.183°E / 45.467; 9.183
Country  Italy
Region  Lombardy
Metro Flag of Milan Province.png Milan (MI)
 • Body Milan City Council
 • Mayor Giuseppe Sala (PD)
 • Total 181.76 km2 (70.18 sq mi)
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total 1,380,873
  • Milanese (plural: "Milanesi")
  • Meneghino (plural: "Meneghini")[2]
Area code(s) 0039 02

Milan (Italian: Milano; ancient Medhelan Mediolanum (City in the middle of the lands)) is a city in northern Italy. Milan is the capital of the Milano Provence and of the Lombardy Region. It is populated by 1,308,735 inhabitants. It is the most populated province in Italy, and it is the second biggest city in Italy (after Rome).

Milan is the fashion capital of the world and its important influence on design, economics, opera, and the media make it amongst the world's top 18 Global cities, along with Moscow, Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur.

History[change | change source]

Mediolanum was founded by Insubres, a Celtic people. It was captured by the Romans in 222 BC. Milan became very successful under the Roman Empire.

Milan was ruled by the Spanish in the 1500s and the Austrians in the 1700s. During the Renaissance and the Romantic periods, Milan was a major cultural centre in the whole of Europe, famous for its literature and opera.

During the war, the city was badly affected by Allied bombings and during the 50s and 60s the city grew into being the wealthy and industrial metropolis it is today.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Resident population by age, nationality and borough". Comune di Milano.
  2. In reference to the homonimous mask.