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Milan is a singular city. The urban landscape is not dominated by monuments and works of art, as it is in Venice, Florence or Rome, but by the many faces of the city, which conceal many unique treasures and mysteries.

Milan is famous for fashion, for theatre and for the international scope of its trade fairs – and will become even more so in view of Expo 2015 – but to discover the city you must know where to look or simply wander around (, venturing into the internal courtyards of the private palazzos in the city centre or visiting the numerous historic buildings that are open to the public.

At one time, Milan was a navigable city, full of canals and waterways (several of which are still uncovered and famous for their nightlife). Milan, Naviglio Grande

It was Leonardo Da Vinci, during his long stay in the city, who was responsible for improving the canals with a system of locks, while he worked on dozens of other works, including his famous fresco, The Last Supper. The Last Supper - Leonardo da Vinci

Sights to see include the numerous masterpieces preserved in the museums (the Brera Picture Gallery, the Ambrosiano Museum, the Museum of Modern Art) and the wonderful Romanesque churches, such as the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio (which is said to hold the remains of the three Magi, brought by the Saint from Constantinople). Milan, Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio: Ambrogio stops Teodosio

It is also advisable to visit the striking gothic structure of the Duomo, the age-old symbol of the city, and pass beneath the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele that leads to the Scala, the temple of opera and symphonic music. Those who wish to sample Milanese nightlife can partake in the ritual of the aperitif (happy hour) in the city centre or by the Navigli canals, before moving on to the cinema, a club or a concert. Milan, facade of the Duomo

There are also many possibilities for excursions to the outskirts of the city ( and to other places in the region ( Milan is not far from Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, the Alps, the Ligurian Sea (90 minutes away) and Venice (a 2 ½ hour train journey).

Going around in Milan

Public transportations is available, including underground lines, busses and tramways. For more information, please visit: One- and two-day special urban tickets are available at 3 and 5.5 euro, respectively: these tickets allow for unlimited traveling in the whole urban network, including the underground lines, for 24- or 48-hour, respectively, from the time of the first time stamp.