Address: Via Fabio Filzi 22
Headquarters of the Lombardy Region since 2011, the ‘Pirellone’, as it is commonly known to the Milanese, is 127 metres high. This historic skyscraper, designed by Gio Ponti, looms above the front of the Central Station and welcomes travellers arriving in the city.
It was the first building to exceed the height of the Duomo’s Madonnina statute, which traditionally always had to remain the highest point in the city. For this reason, another gold Madonnina statue was placed on the Pirellone roof, a miniature copy of the ‘sister’ (85 cm compared to the 4.16 metre original). In subsequent years all the skyscrapers that exceeded this height underwent the same procedure.
The view from the Belvedere’s 31st floor is stunning and gives an unusual view over the network of train tracks that lead to and from the station.
The Belvedere is open for special events: see updates on the official website.
INTERESTING FACT: since 2017 a pair of peregrine falcons have made the roof of the Pirellone their home. Discovered during the renovation works, the birds Giò and Giulia (named after the architect who designed the palace and his wife) live in an artificial purpose-built nest and, in spring 2019, the family was extended when chicks Leo and Lisa were born. Two webcams have been installed to enable viewers to follow the life of these birds of prey 24/7. Take a look here.