GARIBALDI CENTRAL STATION
Architect Ulisse Stacchini was entrusted with the construction of this new train station with a design based on a new idea of rationality and order. Started in 1906, it was officially inaugurated in 1931. It is a majestic building, rich in decorations; the exterior features stone sculptures and carvings, such as winged horses. Note inside the steel canopies, a feature and symbol of the city of Milan for travelers who arrive by train.
Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga
Via Montenapoleone is one of the best known streets in Milan, focal point of the most luxurious and elegant boutiques in the city and a famous shopping area. The street also houses the offices of major fashion companies together with many showrooms.
Via della Spiga is also considered one of the most luxurious streets in Milan, with shops selling the best brands of haute couture. Unlike Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga is closed to traffic.
Along with Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Manzoni, it makes up the Quadrilatero della Moda (fashion Quadrant). Corso Venezia is one of the most elegant streets in Milan, also famous for its gardens, parks and palaces from different eras and styles.
The Navigli of Milan are navigable canals and their construction dates back to ancient times with the first one reportedly built in the twelfth century to facilitate transport and communications. They have often been used to transport the materials needed to erect buildings and churches, such as the marble used for the construction of the Cathedral. According to some documents Leonardo da Vinci is credited with designing the system of the dams in the fifteenth century. The canals transformed the city and its economy, promoting trade in timber, cheese, livestock and other goods. The canal system was given a new boost under the Napoleonic era with the creation of the Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio della Martesana, which remain the three main Navigli and the only ones that still exist. They are no longer used as much as in the past, but the area along the banks has been gentrified and many new cafes, restaurants, craft shops and meeting places have opened, making the district one of the places to go for an evening out. Also worth a mention is the weekly Saturday market, the Fiera di Senigallia. It is a part of old Milan that survives and resists modernity, a lively meeting place which will appeal to all, particularly in the summer.
Fiera Milano (Milan Fair)
Milan Fair and conference centre is at the heart of the city’s economy. It was built by architect Massimiliano Fuksas who came up with the ground-breaking design of a 1300 meter-long raised walkway. The walkway is covered by an undulating steel structure called the sail, divided into several sections and covered with 40 000 pieces of glass, each of a different shape and size. The structure designed by Fuksas focuses on energy and movement, as if to reflect the economic activity and fairs that take place in the building.
PAC – Contemporary Art Pavillion
The Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea is located next to Villa Belgiojoso and was built between 1948 and 1954 by architect Ignazio Gardella. It is one of the most representative examples of Italian architecture from the fifties. The museum is the most important exhibition centre for contemporary art in Milan and a focal point for young and emerging artists.
Palazzo Dugnani and Cinema Museum
The Palace was built at the end of the 17th century and retains some of the original decorations by Giambattista Tiepolo, 1730. It houses the Cinema Museum, founded by the Italian Cinematographic Foundation and includes a vast array of exhibits such as cameras, books and other cinematographic apparatus.
The Triennale Design Museum in Milan houses a vast collection of artworks highlighting Italian design, architecture and modern Art. Its aim is to create new opportunities for collaboration between industry, businesses and applied Arts. To reward exhibitors for quality and innovative products, the Triennale created a special award, the Medaglia d'oro, for its first exhibition in 1923 .
Viale Alemagna, 6
20121 - Milan
GIUSEPPE MEAZZA Stadium
The stadium was built by architects Ulisse Stacchini and Alberto Cugini as a football stadium. It is also known as the San Siro stadium, and could initially accommodate 35.000 people. Over the years new stands were added and it can now host over 100.000 fans. It is one of the largest stadiums in Italy and home to the famous matches opposing the city’s two football teams, AC Milan and Inter.
FOUNDATION Arnaldo Pomodoro
Artist Arnaldo Pomodoro set up this foundation named after him as a documentation and study centre devoted to contemporary sculpture. Its headquarters are located in what was previously the Riva y Calzón factory, and the foundation is now a modern exhibition centre and space where emerging artists of contemporary Art, particularly sculptures, can experiment. It also houses a library where you can find specialist books and magazines on contemporary art.
The busy square in front of Stazione Nord railway station occupies a key position in the communication network of the city. The new layout was designed by Gae Aulenti, whereas the central sculpture is the work of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The original central sculpture, L’ago, il filo e il nodo (the Needle, Thread and Knot) is thought to represent the city of Milan where ideas, cultures, relations and trades intertwine. It is also a reference to the fashion industry, which is as famous in the city as it is in Italy as a whole.
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