Milano in northern Italy is the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that extends over central Lombardy and eastern Piedmont and which counts an estimated total population of 7.5 million. Milan served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 402 and the Duchy of Milan during the medieval period and early modern age. The city has been recognized as the world’s fashion and the design capital thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. Milan wheelchair access meets modern European standards. The city hosts numerous cultural institutions, academies and universities, with 11% of the national total enrolled students. Milan is the destination of 8 million overseas visitors every year, and is a popular disability travel destination. Visitors are 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.
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Linate Airport and Malpensa Airport are completely accessible to disabled people and have fully equipped toilets. A Reception and an Assistance Centre for disabled passengers, called “Sala Amica”, is available at both airports.
Milan has two important stations: Central Station (Piazza Duca d′Aosta) and Garibaldi Station (Porta Garibaldi). The Italian railways net is well equipped to help people with disabilities. More than 150 Italian railway stations have a reception service for disabled travellers and about 900 Eurostar trains have coach for them, but this service must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Central Station is the main station of the city and its ticket office and waiting rooms are accessible for disabled people, the WC is equipped and a lift connects the ticket office to the platforms. Also the second station, Garibaldi Station, offers assistance services for disabled people. For more information go to the official Trenitalia website.