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 fashion houses have branched out into spas, bars, hotels, galleries and restaurants. 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. The fairs are among the world's biggest in terms of revenue, visitors and sustained growth. 8 million visitors come to the city every year attracted by its museums and art galleries that boast some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci. Although Milan is traditionally stereotyped as a city of workaholics, the city offers much more than what is apparent from the outside.
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Milan has a mediterranean warm climate with hot and dry summers, mildly cool and rainy winters. The city is suitable for travel all round 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.