Triennale di Milano
Italy’s first Triennale took place in 1923 in Monza. It aimed to promote interest in Italian design and applied arts, from ‘the spoon to...
Giò Ponti's spindly 1933 steel tower (built in two months flat for a Triennale exhibition) provides a fantastic 108m-high viewing...
You’ll be transfixed by the aquatic art nouveau facade, but kids will race ahead to see Lombardy’s fish on display at Europe’s...
Ricardo Griffini's Bar Bianco was built as a milk bar for the Tenth Triennale (1954). Still popular with mums and toddlers in the...
Triennale Design Café
Overlooking the Parco Sempione treetops, the Design Café is a large, white, light space with an open kitchen and fittings displaying...
Parco Sempione information
Situated behind Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione was once the preserve of hunting Sforza dukes. Then Napoleon came to town and set about landscaping. First the French carved out orchards; next they mooted the idea in 1891 for a vast public park. It was a resounding success and even today Milanese of all ages come to enjoy its winding paths and ornamental ponds. Giò Ponti's 1933 steel tower (built for a Triennale exhibition) provides a fantastic 108m-high viewing platform over the park.
Also in the park is the Arena Civica , Napoleon's mini-colosseum, which he opened in typically flamboyant style in 1807. Built by Luigi Canonica, its ingenious engineering allowed it to be flooded with water from nearby canals to stage mock sea battles. Now it hosts football and rugby matches, and large summer concerts.