Milan is the most European city in Italy. The multitude of events in recent years, including obviously the Expo 2015 and the ongoing architectural transformation of the city, have radically changed the capital of Lombardy which it would be considered like a European capital. We can draw a route that gives some tips for the tourist who wants to discover the sites that have changed the city.
You can start from Piazzale Cadorna, recognizable by its square with the sculpture Needle, Thread and Knot by Claes Oldenburg that reminds us of what is above Milan in the way: the capital of Italian fashion.
In a few minutes from there we can go to the Triennale, which always offers exhibitions and cultural activities, or to Sempione Park, the biggest park in downtown. A charming walk to get to the new district of Porta Nuova starts from Piazza Cairoli, then through Via Dante, Piazzale Cordusio and continuing for Corso Garibaldi, one of the main streets of the center. Here we can stop and enjoy a glass of wine at the historic Moscatelli winery, having a snack at Princi (www.princi.it) or continuing till to reach some posh bars like the Bar Radetzky.
At the end of Corso Garibaldi in Piazza XXV Aprile, we arrive in Corso Como, the historic center of the trendy nightlife of Milan, and now become a pedestrian area. At this point we are at Piazza Gae Aulenti, under the Unicredit Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Italy, created by argentine architect Cesar Pelli. The square is the main center of the new Porta Nuova district.
Launched in 2009, the new district, which involved the area between Porta Garibaldi, the neighborhood Island and the former railway station also known as “the Varesine,” has turned the area into a new city meeting point and a very popular tourist destination. Here there is a permanent installation of 23 “trumpets” golden artist Alberto Garutti that, connected by underground to the surface plans, allow you to hear the sounds of the underground.
Also on the square we can enjoy a good coffee at Café Illy or get into Feltrinelli RED, a bookshop with a snack area, where we can take a break reading a book or a newspaper and enjoying a good meal. Crossing the square we are heading to Unicredit Pavilion (www.unicreditpavilion.it), the new multi-purpose meeting space which hosts classical and jazz concerts, exhibitions and theater, and has become a new landmark for the Milanese culture.
Continuing towards the Isola district, leaving behind at the square, we can see the towers of the Bosco Verticale, designed by the architect Stefano Boeri and winner in 2014 of the prestigious International Highrise Award for the most beautiful skyscraper in the truly unique architectural.
These residential towers have in their own structure 900 trees (each of which is top three, six or nine meters) and more than 2,000 plants including a wide variety of flowering bushes and plants distributed on the facades of the two buildings depending solar exposure. Crossing the district and heading towards the Isola neighborhood, we reach the Palazzo Lombardia, the new headquarters of the Region and the creation of the famous study by New York architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
The walk is coming to the end at the Diamond Tower, a big diamond irregular glass geometry which stands out as an icon of Milan’s new skyline. But, if you keep walking for a few minutes, near the Central Station, there is the Pirelli skyscraper. Built in 1960 by the famous Italian architect Gio Ponti, the tower, called “The Pirellone”, is a true icon of the city that reminds us that today the Milan It is based on its past history.