Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and the first most populous city in Italy. The population of the city proper is 1.3 million while the urban area is 5.5 million, the 5th-largest in the EU. The Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric area of 7 to 10 million people. Milan is part of the so-called Blue Banana: in terms of GDP, the city has the 3rd-largest economy among EU cities after London and Paris, and the largest among European non-capital cities. Milan has always been a rich and important city. It has always been a place full of various famous artists and offers a particular assortment of churches, buildings and monuments. There was a change of culture and art in the Renaissance with big a contribution in the period of the neoclassicism. Milan offers a big variety of buildings, monuments and museums. The most important church is the Cathedral which is the third largest church in the world. Italy is, of course, widely known for its cuisine. However, but some cheeses that go under the radar include tasty and sometimes spicy varieties like taleggio, stracchino, gorgonzola. In general, the most important things to try in Milan (and the whole of Lombardy) include milk, cream, butter, cheese. It may sound strange, but it's true.