Porta Garibaldi

An Ancient Gate, a Modern Agglomerate

Milan Must-Do's Published on 21 January 2019

Porta Garibaldi used to be Milan’s city gate on the way to Como. In 1860, the arch was reconstructed and dedicated to freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi. But today the Roman gate leads to one of the most progressive corners of the Milanese metropolis. Piazza Gae Aulenti is right in front of the Garibaldi railway station and it embodies modernity with its glass skyscrapers and inclusive architecture.

Highlights at Porta Garibaldi

The arch of Porta Garibaldi is indeed a litmus paper of Italian history. In fact it has features of the Roman era and bares signs of the Middle Ages, Napoleon’s conquer and the Unification of Italy. You can admire Italy’s most contemporary architecture by just walking through the gate. You will see the towering presence of the brand new Vertical Forest, two residential skyscrapers covered with vegetation.

Time to Explore: Less than an hour.

Top Tips: Porta Garibaldi is the most functional railway station as well as the easiest access to Milan.

What’s Close? Vertical Forest, Piazza Gae Aulenti, Simplon Park, Sforza Castle, Pinacoteca di Brera.

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