Milano Malpensa Airport, the largest airport serving the Milan area, is also known as the City of Milan Airport. It also serves the population of Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont. Formerly known as the City of Busto Arsizio Airport, it is located around 40 kilometers for the city center of Milan and east to the border between Lombardy and Piedmont.
Milan Airport has two passenger terminals located just a few kilometers apart. Terminal 1 is the largest and where the airport’s railway station is found. The terminal is divided into three sections: Terminal 1A handles all domestic and flights between Schengen countries, Terminal 1B handles flights to non-Schengen countries and several intercontinental flights and lastly, Terminal 1C is the newest section and handles non-Schengen flights and some intercontinental flights. Meanwhile, Terminal 2 is currently used by EasyJet only.
The airport’s home, Milan, is the capital of Lombardy and the second-most populated city in Italy. It is the main commercial, industrial and financial center of Italy and considered as one of the leading global cities.
Milan is considered to be the capital of major world fashion and design as well as home to many museums, theaters and historical landmarks. It is also home to two of the world’s major football team, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. All of this makes Milan a paradise of shopping, football, opera and nightlife.
When planning a trip to Milan in Italy, here are just a few tourist destinations and attractions not to be missed:
Milan Cathedral – Also known as Duomo di Milano in Italian, this is the cathedral church dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and is the search of the Archbishop of Milan. The cathedral is done in Italian Gothic architectural style that took almost 600 years to complete. The Milan Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Italy and the fifth largest in the world. While the imposing cathedral is breathtaking to view from the outside, the interiors is something to see as well. Take some time to view the many artworks and monuments located within the cathedral such as the famous statue of Saint Bartholomew Flayed.
Piazza del Duomo – The main piazza or city square of Milan, Piazza del Duomo is named after the Duomo di Milano which dominates the square. It marks the center of Milan because of its geographic location as well as because of its artistic, cultural and social importance. The city square covers an area of 17,000 square meters and is rectangular in shape. Other than the Milan Cathedral, the square is also where some of the most important buildings and prestigious commercial activities are found. It is considered as one of the top tourist attractions in Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Located along Piazza del Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls housed within a four-story double arcade. The galleria consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon connecting Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala. The street is covered by an arching glass and cast iron roof while the octagonal space is covered by a glass dome. The galleria houses mostly high-end retailers selling luxury couture, jewelry and art along with restaurants, cafes and bars. Even for those not interested in shopping, the galleria is still a good place to visit to admire the historical architecture.
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