new levels in Milan. The financial and commercial
centre of Italy attracts fashion fundis, opera
lovers, the young, the beautiful and the bold.
Shopping, eating and clubbing is serious business
here and it is no surprise that the city boasts
the world's most beautiful shopping mall, the
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Equally vying for
admiration are the Milanese icons of La Scala
Theatre (Teatro della Scala) and the Gothic Duomo,
one of the world's largest churches.
Milan's frenetic pace
surges ahead in its drive towards progress, forsaking
the lengthy siestas enjoyed in other parts of
the country. The city's urban tentacles stretch
for miles, although the significant historical
attractions are contained between the two landmark
sites - the Duomo and the Sforzesco Castle.
These reside within
the inner loop of the city's concentric design,
which is split into four squares: Piazza Duomo,
Piazza Cairoli, Piazza Cordusio and Piazza san
Babila. The modern civic centre lies to the northwest,
around Mussolini's colossal train station built
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