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A rich and prosperous
city, Milanís affluence has come through the hard work and
pragmatism of its people. There are two million of them, and
they are the reason why Milan is the most dynamic city in
all of Italy. . Milan is Italy's gateway to Europe and its
most sophisticated and high-tech metropolis. It does not have
much of the turbulent history that sometimes paralyzed modern
developments in Rome and Florence, or the watery deterioration
that seems to pervade Venice.
The hard nosed
work ethic of the Milanese can be traced to the Teutonic origins
of the Lombards of northwestern Germany. They occupied Milan
and intermarried with its population after the collapse of
the Roman Empire. In the 14th century, the Viscontis, through
their intelligence, riches, and marriage alliances with the
royalty of England and France, made Milan Italy's strongest
city. Milan, in those early days, started a continuing campaign
of drainage and irrigation of the Po Valley, and this helped
to make it one of the world's most fertile regions. These
facts have made the rest of Italy compare the painstaking
Milanese to the nearby practical Swiss.
Its recent history
began with the Hapsburgs in the Seventeenth century. This
inheritance left it with scores of neoclassical buildings
in its inner core and a long-lasting admiration for music
and work. In 1848, it was at the heart of the northern Italian
revolt against its Austro-Hungarian rulers and, with Piedmont,
was at the center of the 19th-century nationalistic fervor
that swept through Italy and ended in the country's unification.
During this same period, Milan mainly through the novelist
Manzoni, was encouraging the development of a Pan-Italian
Milan is Italyís most influential city, a commercial powerhouse
that is home to many major industries and over four hundred
banks. It is the center of publishing, silk production, TV
and advertising, and fashion design. Besides this it also
lies close to Italy's largest collection of automobile-assembly
plants, rubber and textile factories, and chemical plants.
Milan also boasts La Scala, one of Europe's most prestigious
opera houses, and a major commercial university which was
the alma mater of most of Italy's corporate presidents. In
addition, it's the site of several world-renowned annual trade
In an unabashed capitalistic style, Milan
has acquired more art than it has created. To succeed in
Milan, in either business or the arts, is to have made it to
the top of the particular line you are in. If you visit Italy
to find sunny piazzas and lazy bright afternoons, you will
have to go elsewhere; you won't find them amid the fogs and
rains of Milan. You will, however, have visited the heart of
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