Milano is the center of one of the most populous metropolitan areas in Europe. Founded by Insubri in the early sixth century BC, it was conquered by the Romans in 222 BC and called Mediolanum.
Main economic and financial center of the peninsula, Milano drove the italian industrial development, establishing the "Industrial Triangle" together with Torino and Genova. In the cultural sphere, Milano is the leading Italian publishing center. It is one of the leading European exhibition centers for industrial design and is considered one of the world’s fashion capitals.