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The Madonnina: one of the three symbols of Milan

The city of Milan have had three different symbols during its history. One per each era. The beginning The Middle Ages The modern era The beginning The city of Milan has a millenial history. Founded by the Celts who, according to a legend, decided to build a new town where they saw a pig just for a half covered in hair. It was the scrofa semilanuta¬†and that particular wild animal became the symbol of the city. It remained as a landamrk of Milan till the Middle Ages when it was replaced by the embleme of the Sforza Family. A bas-relief…

History of Milan: the beginning

The founding of Milan dates back to the end of the VII century and the beginning of the VI century before Christ and this is actually the only fact that we know for sure. There are a few legends and myths about the founding of the city and about the origin of its name. The city’s name The Latin name of Milan is Mediolanum and its etymology is still uncertain. According to the Roman historian Titus Livius at the beginning of the VI century before Christ Ambigato, the king of a Celtic tribe, sent his two grandsons to colonize other…