“I could easily remain a guest in the sky on top of the Cathedral of Milan.” (Hermann Melville)
Milan is fascinating when seen from above: spires, towers, skyscrapers, tiled roofs, flowered terraces, and penthouses made of steel and glass are all part of the scenery.
The starting point is a visit to the famous gilded statuette, the Madonnina, which gleams on top of the Cathedral, 108.5 metres above the ground.
Nearby, there is what is often described as a “home in the clouds”: Terrazza Martini, on the top floor of a building in Piazza Diaz. From here you can see the entire city from above, and Milan’s jet-set close to. A building that is easily recognizable by its cantilevered shape, Torre Velasca was designed by the Milanese architects Banfi, Belgioioso, Peressutti and Rogers who were inspired by the Rocchetta of the Castello Sforzesco. Not far from the castle is Torre Branca which looks down onto the green setting of Parco Sempione.
Back in Corso Venezia, we can draw inspiration from the heavens by visiting the Civico Planetario “Ulrico Hoepli”. Under its unique dome, we can observe the planets and constellations.
Finally, towards the Stazione Centrale (Central Station), we see the spectacular Pirelli Tower. This famous building, designed by several Italian architects but above all by Gio Ponti and Antonio Fornaroli, is a symbol of Milanese talent and creativity.