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The history of Milan goes back to when the Celtic Insubres settled there until the Romans came through and conquered the territory, making Milan the Western Roman Empire capital. France, Habsburg Spain, Austria and even the Nazis all took hold over the area at some point throughout history, until Milan became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
In the Medieval times Milan was able to establish itself as a centre for commerce and banking which, despite this turbulent history, it remains to this day.
With Milan being the forerunner in industrialisation, the population rose sharply after the end of the wars as many sought employment in the numerous manufacturing companies in the surrounds. Today Milan is second only to Rome as the most populated city in Italy, with the city of Milan being home to around 1.3 million people, with over 5 million more living in the surrounding urban areas.
Milan holds its own as a global city. The Italian stock exchange (Borsa Italiana) is located here, as are the international fairs of Milan Fashion Week and Milan Furniture Fair. The 2015 Expo (Universal Exhibition) is also in Milan.
In terms of sightseeing in Milan, there is the incredibly stunning Milan Cathedral, Il Duomo di Milano, Italy’s largest cathedral that took over 6 centuries to complete. It would have taken even longer if Napoleon Bonaparte had not insisted on it being completed in the early 1800s to allow for his coronation as King of Italy to take place there. There were still some finishing touches added as late as 1965.
There is also the famous fashion district of Milan to stroll through – Il Quadrilatero della Moda. Here you can find the largest number of designer brands within the smallest area in the world.