Exhibitions and Fairs in Milan
Milan, the financial capital of Italy, business center and city of fashion, is a historic city, rich in civic and religious monuments, world-class museums, exhibitions and international events. The two exhibition centers, FieraMilanoCity (former Fiera Campionaria) and FieraMilano (opened in 2005 in the Rho-Pero district), with a total area of 750 thousand square meters, form the largest exhibition complex in Europe.
Milan has been chosen as the venue of the next World Trade Exhibition, Expo 2015, which will focus on nutrition and energy. Over the past ten years, Milan has experienced extensive and drastic changes. The areas around the train station Porta Garibaldi, the area of Fiera Campionaria (now FieraMilanoCity), the Portello area and Piazzale Lotto, have undergone major restructuring with the materialization of new neighborhoods and institutional, residential and commercial buildings. The historical centre of Milan, smaller than that of Rome, is frequented by millions of tourists and business men and women 365 days a year: in Milan, there are about 4 million arrivals a year plus around 2 million in the area of province. The exhibition industry has a considerable significance in the economy of the city.
How to get to Milan
Milan is served by three airports: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio. The international airport of Malpensa, 19 million passengers a year, is located in the town of Busto Arsizio. The airport is linked to the city by a shuttle service which reaches Milan Central Station in about 45 minutes, and the Malpensa Express, which stops at Cadorna Station. The airport is reachable by car via the motorway A8 Milano-Varese. The international airport of Linate, east of the city, named after Enrico Forlanini, boasts a traffic of 8.3 million passengers a year. It's easily reachable by public means of transport from Central Station, Piazza San Babila and Porta Vittoria, and by car driving on the ring road east of Milan. The airport of Bergamo Orio al Serio is now a Milan airport to all intents and purposes: it is served by all low-cost airlines. It's reachable via car or shuttle bus (departing from Milan Central Station) in about 30 minutes from the A4 motorway, via train (or bus service) from Bergamo, and shuttles directly from other airports of Milan.
Where to stay in Milan
In Milan there are more than 51 000 beds available for tourists. There are 13 5 star hotels, 240 3 and 4 stars, more than 135 1 and 2 stars, fifty residences. Other 6 000 beds are available in extra-hotel facilities, as campsites, hostels and B&Bs.
The city of business offers a wide choice, with plenty of hotels situated along the financial streets. Business hotels in Milan, equipped with all the amenities for a peaceful rest after long days of work, are available in the area of Porta Garibaldi Station and along Via Vittor Pisani, near Central Station. Other accommodation are in the area of Fieramilanocity and along Via Washington. Anyone wishing to stay at a hotel near the Fieramilano Rho-Pero Exhibition Center, can find good solutions also near Milan, in Arese, Rho or Novate Milanese, perfectly connected with the trade fair.
In Milan, you can also sleep without breaking the bank. In the area of the central station, in Via Benedetto Marcello, along via Vitruvio and some streets around Corso Buenos Aires, there are many 2 and 3 star hotels of Milan. In the areas of Piazza Piola and Città Studi (the area of the Polytechnic) there are cheap hotels and apartments for rent.
Shopping venues in Milan
Speaking of shopping in Milan, it is impossible not to mention the legendary Fashion District. An area enclosed between Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. In this area there are famous streets such as Via Borgospesso, via Santo Spirito, via Gesù, via Sant'Andrea and Via Bagutta, where all the world's most famous brands of fashion, jewelry, footwear and accessories have their own windows. Milan is not only haute couture, but also young and trendy shopping, still glamorous but at lower prices. This kind of shopping in Milan is available in Corso Buenos Aires, in Via Torino - and its continuation Via Cesare Correnti, in the Navigli area starting from Porta Ticinese and Corso San Gottardo, and along the banks of the canals (Navigli) where there are excellent shops of antiques and vintage clothing. On the east side of town, shops and malls are located along the outer ring, in Corso di Porta Vittoria and Corso XXII Marzo, which becomes viale Corsica and then Viale Forlanini, up to Linate airport.
The nightclubs in the area of Porta Garibaldi Station (Hollywood, Shocking Club, Tocqueville 13) are preferred by football players, models and stars of the show business. In the same area there is also Corso Como, one of the most famous streets for happy hour in Milan. Near the station there are several nightclubs and bars that open at midnight, with live entertainment for adults. Other popular venues are in Corso Sempione, by the Arco della Pace. However, the nightlife area par excellence in Milan is definitely the Navigli area. In Via Ascanio Sforza, along the Naviglio Pavese, and Ripa di Porta Ticinese, along the Naviglio Grande, there are some famous clubs in Milan, such as Scimmie - restaurant and club with live music, Mas - where you eat and drink Spanish, Cox 18 - very unconventional, Puerto Alegre - with a Maya and Aztec-style setting, the Mayflower Pub - decorated like a pirate ship, or Woodstock - serving over 600 types of beers.
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