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On April 28, 1906, the International Exhibition dedicated to transportation opened in Milan, in concomitance with the long-awaited inauguration of the Simplon Tunnel which provided the shortest railway link between Northern and Western Europe and the South and the Orient.
For the occasion, the area behind the Castello Sforzesco, the current Parco Sempione, became home to more than 200 pavilions. With interest in the progress made ​​in land and sea transportation high, the event allowed Milan to take a starring role on the international stage.
Milan today
Milan was the thirteenth most-visited city in the world in 2014, and is one the three most important destinations for 2015, according to a number of sources. A  city to explore and love, full of treasures and a lively night life, Milan has long been an interesting and vibrant place. Milan was of the most important towns during the Middle Ages, and the home of most spectacular Italian courts during the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci left Florence for Milan, for work, and ended up staying many years, as did many others after him.
Milan has played a considerable role in Italian cultural history, and is one of the country’s major art cities; not only is there the magnificent gothic Duomo , but many fine buildings, churches, and museums, without forgetting the lively contemporary art scene, and some eye-catching modern architecture. Countless works of art are housed in Milan, most within walking distance of central Piazza del Duomo.
Milan, the capital of fashion, design and culture but also of taste and fun
Among Italian cities, Milan is one of the most modern and avant-garde. It is impossible to come in Milan, and not go to Via Montenapoleone or Via della Spiga, the two sides of the celebrated  "fashion quadrilateral", the center of the Italy’s shopping capital, and the showcase for Italian design excellence.
Equally obligatory is a visit at a downtown bar to relax with an aperitif. When it comes to eating out, Milan offers a huge selection of flavors and tastes, with all of Italy’s regional cuisines richly represented.
A busy place at the best of times, Milan adds an extra spring to its step when Fashion Week hits town, which is in February and September, for womenswear, and January and June for menswear.  Then, of course, there is the Milan International Furniture Fair, in April,  when the whole city gets involved, with events both at the vast Rho Fiera, and all over the city.
In addition to being the home of the Italian publishing and media industry, Milan is well-known for its music venues, as well as sports.
The opera house, La Scala, needs no introduction, with tickets being hard, but not impossible, to obtain. Another challenge is gaining admission to Leonardo’s Last Supper, while getting to see the Brera Art Gallery, the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco is a breeze. 
Milan enriches the experience of foreign visitors in so many ways.
Few other cities can boast of having two soccer teams with an international following as passionate as Milan and Inter. For fans of Italian basketball, there’s Olimpia Milano, one of the most prestigious teams in Europe. 
The Universal Exposition: Milan as the door to Italy
At the time of writing, Milan is preparing for the Universal Exhibition, which will transform the city into the main gateway to Italy and all of it has to offer. From wonderful mountain vistas to the crystal waters of the Mediterranean, Italy offers a unique experience to its visitors. Milan will be proud to present a country where thousands of years of history have created a way of life that is widely renowned for its beauty, food and lifestyle. And if you want to see Italy, Milan is the best place to start.
To discover all that the city has to offer visit  the website of the City of Milan, or visit of the two tourist information points:
InfoMilano in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (on the corner of Piazza della Scala), a newly-inugurated facility offering a range of services for visitors to Milan.
IAT Window Central Station, station concourse, beside platform 21.

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