Escorted Rail Tours to Milan
The Italian fashion capital
The city of Milan is Italy's economic capital, home to the Italian Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana) and the headquarters of many of the country's big corporations. Milan is Italy's second largest city, with a population of over 1.3 million. Famous as the 'style capital of the world', Milan is where Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Gucci all launched their careers in the fashion industry.
Benito Mussolini, as editor of the Milan-based socialist newspaper "Avanti!", founded the Italian Fascist Party in Milan in 1919. During World War II, Milan suffered extensive bombing that destroyed many of the ancient and historic buildings in the city centre - as a result, the city centre is an architectural mix of old and new, while Milan has the distinction of being Italy's most modern city.