The Historic Center of Milan, situated in the heart of the city, is also a tourist, religious and fashion Mecca due to the countless landmarks, points of interests and luxury boutiques it hosts. This very dynamic neighbourhood has everything to offer and therefore it would be almost easy to forget the city spreads farther. The Historic center is the most elegant and oldest district in Milan. It is home to stunning old buildings which were built during the last century, some of them have magnificent decorated facades, splendid courtyards which hide lovely gardens and fountains. This central district has kept its charm and authenticity and offers the major attractions of the city. Due to its unrivalled attractiveness, this is one of the most expensive district in Milan, with luxury mansions and prestigious apartments.
The real-estate sector in Milan is very dynamic and has a constant growth. With an average of 6,700 euros per square meter, Milan is almost twice less expensive than Paris and Rome. This phenomenon could be explained because of the 2007 crisis, which considerably impacted the city. However, foreign investments increase over the years in Milan since then and the following years may confirm this tendency.
The main investors who choose Italy as the country to purchase a property equally come from the United Kingdom and Italy. The majority of the other investors come from Russia and the rest of Europe.
It is possible to buy a property in Italy if you respect the various administrative formalities. It is highly recommended to contact a professional of the real-estate sector. The signature of the sales contrat must be held before a notary. The latest will deal with the writing of the contract, the transaction registration as well as the payment of various taxes (such as the local property, the capital gains, the wealth and inheritance taxes).
Even if Milan can be visited all year long, the period from November to March is mainly rainy, temperatures are colder and moisture is predominant. However, during these months Milan is less frequented by tourists so it is the perfect time to peacefully discover the city. Besides, prices are lower.
From April to October, it is the best moment to enjoy Milan as the weather is particularly favourable, even if some rains are possible. Places are less crowded in April/May and in September/October.
The months of July and August correspond to the hottest period in Milan with suffocating temperatures and potential storms. But the numerous "Nasoni" fountains, with fresh and drinkable water, allow to quench your thirst between two tours. During these months, places are overcrowded and prices are at their highest.
The Duomo constitutes the symbol of Milan. This Gothic Cathedral originally named "St Mary of the Nativity" is commonly known as "the Duomo". It is the third largest cathedral in the world. Situated on the "Piazza del Duomo", in the heart of the city, its construction started in 1386 and lasted for centuries. Both outside and inside, this fabulous landmark is extraordinary, with many statues, stained glasses and rich plasterwork which add to its historical and architectural value. The Duomo is considered by some experts as the most complex Gothic construction in the world. At its top, there is a terrace which offers a breathtaking view on the city, a must-see attraction at sunset.
La Scala is an unmissable opera house, one of the most famous in the world. Close to the Galleria Vitorrio Emanuele II, it has been the cradle of masterpieces such as Otello and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi or even Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. Even if you are not an opera lover, the theater hall justifies on its own the visit.
The Sant'Ambrogio Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Milan. Admired for its Medieval architecture, this is one of the five basilicas created by Saint Ambroise. It was built between 379 and 386, it has a vast atrium surrounded by a beautiful gallery overlooked by five massive arches. Due to its history, its sacred dimension and its architecture, the Sant'Ambrogio Basilica is a reference location for any pilgrim as well as Milanese.
Milan is located in the North of Italy and it is the second largest city of the country. This is the capital of the Lombardie region and is also the economic capital of Italy. This city is a large and dynamic metropolis, where history meets up with modernity as the city is punctuated by historical monuments. This is a place which gathers museum and art galleries. Milan has a nice range of assets: It is renowned for its business center with the Milan Stock Exchange, along with its trendy bars, its elegant design and above all, for its fashion center, as Milan is internationally recognized for being one of the style capitals. The greatest couturiers and luxury brands have their headquarters in Milan.