Italy's second-largest city is a financial and industrial powerhouse with much of Italy's heavy industry located in Milan itself or elsewhere in Lombardy. This status, however, is not something new as Milan has been a dominant trade and commerce hub controlling many of the trade routes connecting Italy with the rest of Europe. The centre of the city represents the many centuries of wealth that the city has amassed with many impressive late Gothic and Neoclassical buildings.
The Milan Cathedral is the city's focal point with a stunning Gothic design on the exterior and the highly contrasting Renaissance interior. As you wanter the streets surrounding the Duomo Square, you will notice the reasons for Milan also being known as the fashion and design capital of the world with a vast array of designer ateliers mixed in with traditional Milanese restaurants and typical high street shops.