The starting point of this itinerary is Piazza Duca d'Aosta, where the Stazione Centrale di Milano is located. The railway station, an imposing and monumental building, was inaugurated in 1931. The building does not have a defined architectural style, but is a mixture of different styles, in particular, Liberty and Art Decò added to the typical aspects of the fascist architecture.
Inside the Stazione Centrale it is possible to visit the Shoah Memorial. To reach its entrance, exit the side entrance of the Stazione Centrale which overlooks Piazza Luigi di Savoia. Once in the square, turn left and cross the Mortirolo underpass, continue along via Ferrante Aporti (asphalt sidewalk) and reach Piazza Edmond J. Safra (about 300 meters away).
Inaugurated in 2013, the Memorial is located in an area of the station located under the tracks. Between 1943 and 1945, hundreds of deportees were loaded onto freight wagons directed to the extermination camps (Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen Belsen) or to the collection camps of Fossoli and Bolzano.
On January 30, 1944, a train departed from platform 21 with over 600 Jewish Milanese citizens heading to Auschwitz. Only twenty of them survived.