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Top Choice Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Fondazione Feltrinelli

Herzog & de Meuron’s first public building in Italy is a combination of two elongated, slanted structures that look reminiscent of a greenhouse. That’s not a coincidence as they are built on the site of a former…
Notable Building in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

Off the north aisle of the Duomo Nuovo, the Libreria Piccolomini is one of the cathedral's great treasures. Pope Pius III built this compact hall to house the books of his uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who became …
Top Choice Notable Building in Siena

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

This former hospital, parts of which date from the 13th century, was built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's Hall), with …
Architecture in Southern Rome

Rome Convention Centre La Nuvola

Contemporary architecture buffs will appreciate Rome's brand-new congress centre, designed by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, and unveiled with much pomp and ceremony in late 2016. The striking b…
Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Palazzo Lombardia

Lombardy’s regional headquarters, this glinting, 161m, glass-and-steel skyscraper was the city’s first audacious step towards the contemporary skyline that now characterises Porta Nuova. Designed by New York’s Pei C…
Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Stazione Centrale

Annually, nearly 100 million people pass through these hulking portals and onto train platforms beneath a cinematic cylindrical glass roof. Begun in 1912 but finally realised between 1925 and 1931, the station's ext…
Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

UniCredit Tower

Italy’s tallest skyscraper (231m) is home to it’s largest bank, Unicredit, which occasionally allows the public to visit its dramatic top-deck viewing gallery. Designed by architect César Pelli, the building has won…
Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Torre Pirelli

Construction began in 1956 on Milan’s tallest grattacielo (skyscraper). The 32-storey Pirelli Tower sits on the site of the company’s 19th-century factory, symbolically bookending Italy’s industrial heyday. The smoo…
Notable Building in Milan

Fiera Milano

Massimiliano Fuksas’ brilliantly engineered exhibition space was built on the Agip oil refinery in Rho-Pero, around 40 minutes out of town by metro. In action since 2006, its billowing glass-and-steel sail floats ov…
Notable Building in San Marco

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Under the republic, only the church and state were permitted to erect towers, as they could conceivably be used for military purposes. In around 1400 the Contarini family, eager to show off their wealth and power, c…