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History of Milan: the Modern Era

The Spanish domination: 12th of October 1492 is an important milestone in the history of the world. Christopher Columbus arrived to what he believed were the Indies and discovered America. This date marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era. While Columbus’s fleet was sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in Milan Ludovico il Moro, lord of the city, was struggling to maintain his power…

History of Milan: the Middle Ages

]It is hard to recap the middle ages in a few lines but we will give it a try. Steady, ready…go! The end of the Roman Empire During the whole fifth century AD Milan was often under attack. The barbarian invasions seriously affected the economy and prosperity of the city. In 452 AD Attila led his people (the Huns) to the city and confiscated goods and properties of the Milanese people. In…

The Tempio della Vittoria, a monument for the Milanese people

The Tempio della Vittoria is a monument dedicated to the Milanese who died during the first world war and its construction begun in 1927 on a project by architect Giovanni Muzio with the cooperation of the famous designer and architect Gio Ponti. Where is it? The area chosen for the erection of this memorial monument is particularly meaningful. It was the cemeterium ad martyres (the cemetery of the martyrs) to…

History of Milan: The Roman Era

In 222 BC the Romans conquered the Celtic settlement and in 286 BC Milan, then called Mediolanum, became the capital of the Western Roman empire under Diocletian. In 313 AD the emperor Constantine the first, through the Edict of Milan guaranteed to the Christians freedom of religion. In 374 AD Ambrosgio became the archbishop of Milan by acclamation. The people wanted him to lead the Milanese church and he became…

Pink flamingos in the city

If you think about the pink flamingo the first city that comes to your mind is Las Vegas for sure. This is the name of one of the first casinos that settled in the middle of the Nevada’s desert in 1946. What you probably don’t know is that the city of Milan is also known to be the host city of a small colony of Pink Flamingos…real ones! If you…

And now Milan has its “Hollywood” sign

It is an American landmark, standing right there on the top of Mount Hill since 1923 when a real estate entrepreneur put it there to advertise the construction of a new residential district. It is the Hollywood sign. Since then its popularity has grown to become an American icon. Thousands of tourists go there to see what they saw in the movies and to experience the most what the Santa…