Milano, the capital of Regione
Lombardia, is one of the largest economic and cultural centres
of Italy, and has always played a leading role in the history of the
country because of the importance that this city succeeded in giving
to practicality and work, but also to the causes and ideals that led
to the unity of Italy in the nineteenth century. Not by chance, has
Milano given birth to some of the most active and innovative literary
and scientific movements, and some of the most important cultural figures
spent time here to share in the city's state of fermentation. First,
among all, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci,
who left us the famous "Last Supper" (declared part of the
World Heritage by UNESCO) in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
and the important waterway of the Navigli.
Today, Milano is internationally known as the capital of fashion, design and Italian style. Milano is always open to cultural and economic innovation coming from abroad, as demonstrated by the many tradeshows, conventions, events and exhibitions that animate the city all year long. One of the most important is the Fashion Week and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Show). In view of EXPO 2015 the city is preparing for transformation and renewal on an architectural level, and beyond, in order to compete with the great world capitals.