Milan is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. Milan served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire, the Duchy of Milan and the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia. The city proper has a population of about 1.4 million while its metropolitan city has 3.26 million inhabitants. Its continuously built-up urban area, that stretches well beyond the boundaries of the administrative metropolitan city, is the fourth largest in the EU with 5.27 million inhabitants. The population within the wider Milan metropolitan area, also known as Greater Milan, is estimated at 8.2 million, making it by far the largest metropolitan area in Italy and the 3rd largest in the EU.
Milan is considered a leading alpha global city, with strengths in the fields of art, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism. Its business district hosts Italy's stock exchange (Italian: Borsa Italiana), and the headquarters of national and international banks and companies. In terms of GDP, it has the second-largest economy among EU cities after Paris, and is the wealthiest among EU non-capital cities. Milan is viewed as part of the Blue Banana and one of the "Four Motors for Europe".
#holidayvacation#wintergetaway#staycation#tripinspired#happynewyear Dhruv001 #mynovgetaway Vigevano is a town near Milan, in northern Italy. It’s known for the portico-lined Piazza Ducale, dating from 1492. A staircase under the Torre del Bramante tower gives access to the courtyard of Castello Sforzesco. The vast castle houses several museums, including the Leonardiana, with reproductions of works by Leonardo da Vinci. The town's renowned shoemaking history is highlighted at the Museo della Calzatura. The earliest records of Vigevano date from the 10th century AD, when it was a favoured residence of the Lombard king Arduin, for the sake of the good hunting in the vicinity.
Vigevano was a Ghibelline commune, favoring the Emperor and was accordingly besieged and taken by the Milanese in 1201 and again in 1275. In 1328 it finally surrendered to Azzone Visconti, and thereafter shared the political fortunes of Milan. The Church of San Pietro Martire (St Peter Martyr) was built, with the adjacent Dominican convent, by Filippo Maria Visconti in 1445. In the last years of Visconti domination it sustained a siege by Francesco Sforza. Once he was settled in power in Lombardy, Sforza arranged for Vigevano to be set up as the seat of a bishop and provided its revenues. LimTheHustla Sirmione is partly set on a peninsula that is stretched for about 4 km in the low Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia. The meridional city of the largest lake in Italy is an important cultural and health centre. The peninsula is about 30 km above sea level and it offers an incredible panorama.
Sirmione is famous for the unique charm of its old town centre, with its narrow and irregular alleys, for the Thermal Baths of Catullus, for the churches "Santa Maria Maggiore" and "San Pietro" in Mavino, for the ruin of the Roman Villa of the poet Catullus, known also as "Grotta di Catullo".
In Colombare in Sirmione, the weekly market takes place every Monday while in Lugana in Sirmione it takes place on Friday. These invite to wander in order to admire the antiques, the local products, the clothing, bags and shoes. After an active morning around the market, you can allow yourself a delicious meal in one of the inviting restaurants in the historical alleys of Sirmione.
Daily trips are organised in order to explore the most beautiful places around Sirmione, including boat tours.
The ruins of the biggest and most important Roman villa in the north of Italy is set on the last of the three hills of Sirmione. The building rises divided in three floors, whose bearing walls and columns are the only remains.
Among the main places of interest, there is the small museum near the town’s entrance that exposes various finds as bronze objects, coins, sculptures or graffiti rests.
A further important building is the "Castello Scagliero" in Sirmione with its typical swallowtail battlement, which was built as a protection for the low Lake Garda and for the fleets in the harbour.
Many events animate the historical Sirmione for the whole year, as for example cultural expositions and concerts. During the summer months, many other interesting events take place. Enjoy a holiday in the name of relax in one of the most beautiful cities on Lake Garda.
#mynovgetaway#thanksgiving LimTheHustla Mantova, a Unesco World Heritage city, is a unique city, where history and ancient art constantly interact with the modernity of creative languages and cultural creations. Museums, monuments, good food, naturalistic excursions, cultural events, are just some of the reasons to visit Mantova and experience unique and unrepeatable emotions. Located in the center of the Po Valley, the city of Mantova has been surrounded by waters since its origins. Its first settlements probably developed already at the time of the Etruscans, in an area corresponding to the current Piazza Sordello. But it was the Gonzagas, starting from the fourteenth century, who gave a strong cultural and artistic impulse to the city, outlining its current urban and architectural structure. During the four centuries of reign, the lords of Mantova hosted at court the most illustrious artists of the time such as Leon Battista Alberti, Pisanello, Andrea Mantegna, Giulio Romano, Rubens and others, whose works still distinguish the city in all its splendor. .
There are few places as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer lakeside towns as charming as Bellagio. Called "the Pearl of Lake Como", Bellagio is a perfect destination for a relaxing vacation with pizzazz and enchanting panoramas.
Bellagio is situated in a picturesque position on Lake Como, on the tip of the promontory which juts into the lake and separates it into two branches, with Como to the west and Lecco to the east. The town has always had an aristocratic dignity, and has drawn respite seekers for centuries. It has an elegant air yet with the water sports and mountain activities, is not a stuffy place, either.
The most ancient part of Bellagio occupies that area at the end of the promontory and is known as 'the Borgo'. It is a pretty combination of stairways lined with colorful shops with the finest quality merchandise and excellent restaurants, little piazzas and sidewalk cafes. Numerous little characteristic hamlets are scattered both along the lake and the hilly slopes above the Borgo, and there are walking paths connecting them. Arcades with shops below, flower boxes, decorative iron balconies and cobbled lanes make for an attractive atmosphere. Bellagio retains Old World appeal.
Because it has been a getaway for wealthy dignitaries, there are many villas around the town, some with spectacular gardens. Don't miss Villa Melzi's garden with scultpures and the park of Villa Serbelloni. A scenic spot you'll want to visit is Punt Spartivento, literally "divide the wind" where the promontory comes to a point in the lake. Stop for a drink in the warm wood-laid historic Caffe Rossi, which retains the fittings and charm of a by-gone age, with tables under the arcade. The Museum of Navigational Instruments is an interesting stop, and there are plenty of water sports, boat trips and hikes in the hills to enjoy, too. A tourist train lets you see a bit further afield, or you can catch a ferry to Varenna for a day.
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