Milan, a protagonist of the great contemporary challenges – from globalisation to sustainable development – is first in line for this decisive commitment for the future of the city, through intense exchange with other important urban centres.
Over the years, the Lombard capital has developed tight bonds with large cities and some of these relationships have their roots in history. Affinity, common cultural interests, and a complex plot of economic and institutional relationships have, for a long time, cemented Milan’s rapport with some of the most prestigious centres in the world. The motivation that pushes the grand cities to keep intensifying their relationships with each other, such as through the creation of twin-city relationships and frequent contact at an institutional level, is the desire to grow their knowledge base in various spheres: culture, art, economics, industry, commerce, cooperation and solidarity.
The common factors amongst the great centres are numerous, including the similarity of urban structures, the acceptance of new themes that characterise the development of urban centres and the sensibility towards new ideas such as sustainability and respect for the environment. This is a collaboration that, in the future, is destined to keep intensifying.