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5 Fun Facts about Milan

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Milan is certainly a city that should not be overlooked when planning your itinerary for the Bel Paese. With good fashion, good food and a great nightlife, what more could you possibly want from a city?  We’ve put a list together of some fun facts about Milan which will undoubtedly make your planning to the fashion capital a bit easier.


1. Milan is all about the fashion

For those who didn’t know it, Milan puts its best foot forward when it comes to fashion. Yes, all of the biggest players in the fashion world have set up shop here. Gucci, Prada, Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana have their headquarters based in Milan, making the city the fashion capital of the world.

2. Crazy about Soccer

Milan is home to the two of the strongest soccer teams in the Italian league: Inter and A.C. Milan. In 2010, Inter won both the Italian Cup and the European Champions League Cup. The latter team, A.C. Milan is owned by Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a huge soccer fan. Both teams play at San Siro Stadium, the largest stadium in Italy.

3. Aperitivo (aperitif) time

The  aperitivo was actually started by i milanesi. An aperitivo is the Italian version of the Anglo-Saxon ‘Happy Hour’, rather the concept is focused more around finger food, mingling and good conversation.  Many bars, lounges and street cafès offer apertivi which typically includes a spread or a buffet of finger food and sanwhiches with the purchase of a drink. Aperitivo time usually happens between 7-9pm.

4. Teatro alla Scala

One of the largest and most prominent opera houses in Europe can be found in Milan. The Teatro alla Scala seats over 2,000 people at any given time. The theater is recognized as one of the leading opera and ballet theaters in the world. It is home to the La Scala Theater Chorus, La Scala Theater Ballet and La Scala Theater Orchestra. The theater’s academy, l’Accademia Teatro alla Scala provides professional training in the arts: dance, music, stage craft, etc.

5 . Meals in Milan

Unlike other cities in Italy, Milan is not all about the pasta when it comes to food. In fact, some of Milan’s staple dishes don’t even include pasta. Here are some typical staple dishes that the Milanesi are known for: Risotto alla Milanese (yellow-saffron rice), Ossobuco (veal shank) and Cotoletta alla Milanese (fried beef chop).

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Venere Travel Blog writer nicole arriaga

After working in Miami as writer and TV producer, Nicole Arriaga decided to trade in the sun and sand for the 'dolce vita' in 2003 and move to Rome. She writes for various publications including The American, and works for a study abroad organization in Rome.

3 responses to “5 Fun Facts about Milan”

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  1. Vacation Review says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 08:06

    Milan is without doubt the one of the main centres for shopping in Italy

  2. pooface says:
    December 16th, 2012 at 15:58


  3. Pip says:
    November 24th, 2014 at 18:12

    Cotoletta alla milanese is definitely veal or pork, NOT beef.

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