Milan in 360°: The squares in the City Center
In Milan The squares act as intersections and meeting places. Of particular interest are most of all the ones near the city center. Many were created in the last two centuries of the past millennium, but a good number of them have roots in medieval city planning or even roman times.
- Piazza Duomo and adjacent squares
- Squares a few steps from the Duomo
- Squares in the Center of Milan
The new urban development in Milano has created other quite interesting squares, like Gae Aulenti Square “Piazza Gae Aulenti”, and some of these can be seen on the page dedicated to Milan 360°: New Architecture and Skyscrapers →.
The 360°Images that follow present – without claiming to be complete – some of the most representative squares in the city, taken at a time when traffic and parked cars would be less invasive. Normally you would find them more crowded.
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The Center of Milan: The Duomo and the adjacent squares
Four 360° Images to present the true Center of Milan. First of all Duomo Square, “Piazza Duomo” with its impressive gothic cathedral, from two viewpoints: from the front on a Christmas night and from the side with the Royal Palace “Palazzo Reale” and Square of Arengario Palazzo dall’Arengario with the Museo del Novecento. A few meters aways you can find Piazza della Scala with the famous Theatre, the Statue of Leonardo da Vinci and Palazzo Marino, location of the City Hall. A short distance away we find the city’s past in the charming, tucked away Piazza Mercanti with the medieval Palazzo della Ragione, also called Broletto.
Squares a few steps from the Duomo
It takes only a few minutes on foot to reach the squares of the center of Milan that even the most hurried tourist shouldn’t miss. One little gem is Piazza san Fedele with the monument to Alessandro Manzoni, whose house is in Piazza Belgioioso not far away. And then Piazza degli Affari, location of the Borsa di Milano (Milan’s stock market), and Piazza Cairoli from which you can enter the Castello Sforzesco. In the opposite direction leaving the Duomo, on either side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and before reaching the famous Piazza San Babila, you can see spaces where different styles of architecture are expressed: Piazza Media, Piazza del Liberty, and Piazza Beccaria.
The Squares of the Historical Center of Milan
Still in proximity of the city center there are various interesting squares. It takes a bit longer to get to them but they offer a perspective of this city and of its urban development. Two are famous to tourists like Saint Mary of the Graces Square, “Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie”, where you can find The Last Supper, “il Cenacolo” by Leonardo da Vinci and the well-known church, and Sempione Square, “Piazza Sempione” with the Napoleonic Arch of Peace, Arco della Pace. Others are important traffic intersections like April 25th Square, “Piazza XXV Aprile” and Cadorna Square, “Piazza Cadorna”, with a recent colorful Needle and Thread, “Ago e Filo sculpture”. And at last a couple of areas that are little known yet worth … a virtual tour in 360°.
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