Milan (Italian: Milano) is Italy’s most densely populated city; located in the northwestern part, to the north of the Alps and to the south of the Po River with a one-hour driving distance with Switzerland. It is a fast-paced metropolis with an ancient and fascinating history and is home to all the major apparel brands with an endless round of trade fairs. Milanese style houses have expanded out into spas, bars, lodgings, exhibitions and eateries. The city is recognized as the world's fashion and the design capital with concurrent international events and fairs; including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. In terms of revenue, visitors and continued growth, these fairs are among the largest in the world. Eight million tourists visit the city every year, and its museums and galleries attract some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci. Although Milan has traditionally been stereotyped as a workaholic city, the functions provided by this city are far more than visible from the outside.
Milan has a Mediterranean warm climate with hot and dry summers, mildly cool and rainy winters. The city is suitable for travel all around the year, although summer is typically considered as the tourist season. The mornings and evenings are cooler while the afternoons are warm with temperatures reaching up to a maximum of 30 degrees.