Dome of Milan
The largest city in Lombardy and the second largest in Italy, Milan is considered by most to be the financial capital of the entire country. Bombarded by the Axis powers during World War II, Milan has risen up from the ashes and reinvented itself as o­ne of the most cosmopolitan sites in all of Europe, if not the entire world. Famous for its shopping and fashion, and with nearly 15% of its population hailing from nations abroad, Milan really is the representation of the constant evolution and modernization of Italy.

Milan's artistic history dates as far back as the Roman empire, and has many sites that showcase this record. The Pinacoteca di Brera houses o­ne of the most renowned collections of Italian paintings, while the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is home to both a historical art gallery and library. Milan also has a plethora of contemporary art collections, including the Museo d'Arte Paolo Pini and Societa' per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente.

Of course, most know Milan as the thriving metropolitan center of Italy. Twice a year, the city hosts Milan fashion Week, causing the streets to become filled with designers, models, photographers, and other industry personnel. Events like this have caused Milan to be ranked among New York and Paris as o­ne of the world's most fashionable cities. This has, in turn, caused the city to have a thriving nightlife that caters to the young and attractive. Most famous for this is Corso Como near Garibaldi Station, an avenue that hosts some of the city's most vogue and exclusive dance clubs and bars.

With a chic nature that is as rich and far-reaching as its artistic traditions, Milan appeals to lovers of both the established and the trendy. Containing as many museums as it does nightclubs, Milan is the perfect destination for those who look for the finer things in life, whether it's a historical work o­n canvas or the latest look from the runway.