Located in the north of Italy, Milan is the second-largest city in the country and is home to some 1.3 million residents.
Data obtained from Milan weather station
Milan was first settled by a European branch of the Celts in about 400 BC, before being taken by the Romans about two hundred years later and redubbed Mediolanum (from the Latin for 'middle of the plain'). The city's position in the middle of Europe - and close to the Alps - gave it prime position to prosper from continental trade routes.
As the biggest city in Italy outside of its capital Rome, Milan's economy greatly benefits from its current status as one of the financial centres of the country; most of the country's major banks are based there, as are some of Italy's most popular tourist sites.
Today the city is best known for its contributions to the fashion industry. It is the home of world-famous brands such as Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. Their biannual Fashion Week events are among the largest media gatherings in the world, as journalists, fashion bloggers and top models descend on the city.
Milan is home to a huge selection of museums, galleries and historic monuments to provide visitors with a glimpse of the past; the Pinacoteca di Brera displays work by Caravaggio and Raphael among other important Italian artists, while the Triennale di Milano focuses on architecture and photography for a more modern experience.
The city's Gothic cathedral, Santa Maria Nascente, is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and took a staggering six centuries to complete with construction beginning in 1386.
For sports fans, Milan is the home of the San Siro Stadium which hosts both of the cities teams; AC and Internazionale, who take turns to play at home in both domestic and European fixtures.
July is the warmest month with average daily maximum temperatures of 31 °C while temperatures drop to an average max of 7 °C in December and January, while foggy conditions can be persistent throughout the winter.
Last updated: 14 March 2014