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Piazza Gae Aulenti

Top choice in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Join locals sightseeing at this landmark square named after Italy's most famous female architect. The linchpin of Milan’s Porta Nuova regeneration project, the piazza curves around a huge reflecting pool and is ringed with stunning modern architecture, including Cesar Pelli’s Unicredit Tower and Michele de Lucchi’s pod-like pavilion with Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale visible across Studio Giorgetta’s ‘Library of Trees’, a new park inspired by botanic gardens.

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Nearby Porta Garibaldi & Isola attractions

1. UniCredit Tower

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Italy’s tallest skyscraper (231m) is home to its largest bank, Unicredit, which occasionally allows the public to visit its dramatic top-deck viewing…

2. Bosco Verticale

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Stefano Boeri’s ‘Vertical Forest’ consists of two high-rise apartment blocks whose many reinforced balconies overflow with around 700 trees and 20,000…

3. Biblioteca degli Alberi

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Against a backdrop of shimmering skyscrapers and the Bosco Verticale, this modern urban park bustles with activity. Sprawling lawns, a rich variety of…

4. Fondazione Feltrinelli

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Herzog & de Meuron’s first public buildings in Italy, these two elongated, slanted structures look reminiscent of greenhouses. The Feltrinelli Foundation,…

5. Casa della Memoria

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In the shadow of the Bosco Verticale, you’ll spot a neon sign stating boldly ‘Do Not Kill’. It seems odd in this quiet corner, but it serves the ‘House of…

6. Palazzo Lombardia

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Lombardy’s regional headquarters, this glinting, 161m, glass-and-steel skyscraper was the city’s first audacious step towards the contemporary skyline…

7. Cimitero Monumentale

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Behind striking Renaissance-revival black-and-white walls, Milan’s wealthy have kept their dynastic ambitions alive long after death with grand sculptural…

8. 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…