March 15th, 2017

Today we spent the whole day visiting Milan. We took the train to Porta Garibaldi and here we visited the Porta Nuova area. This is an entirely  redeveloped area where the buidings have all been built according to sustainable criteria to exploit the sunlight and the use of plants to regulate temperatures.

The vertical wood, two high-rise buildings, have combined the desire of an urban life with a profound desire for natural surroundings. In fact, both buildings have big plants on every balcony and on the roof too which reduce the temperatures in summer and produce oxygen. It was designed by  Boeri Architects.

Another example, is the Unicredit tower, one of the tallest skyscarpers in Italy. It was designed by Cesar Pelli, an Argentinian architect, and its the headquarters of Unicredit, an important Italian bank. It was awarded for its aesthetic and functional design not only inside for its open workspaces but also for the exterior. Outside the building we also admired the famous Piazza Gae Aulenti square which is dedicated to a woman architect specialized in the renovation of buildings.

After the first stop we continued walking to the heart of Milan. We saw the Brera art academy and finally we reached the Scala Opera House, the Vittorio Emanuele Arcade and the magnificent Duomo. After a long lunch break and some time for shopping we walked to the Sforzesco Castle to see the Rondanini Pietà, Michelangelo’s last but unfinished masterpiece. It was now time to go back home. It had been a tiring but wonderful day.

 

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