The itinerary starts from Piazzale Cadorna, where the historic building of the Ferrovie Nord Milano station is.

 

How to get there

Piazzale Cadorna can be reached by the underground lines M1 and M2 (Cadorna stop) and by bus: 50, 58 and 94.

For more information for passengers with disabilities, please visit the ATM web page.

It can also be reached by the Trenord railway lines. More information for disabled passengers can be found by visiting the Trenord website.

 

Where to park

If you reach the area by car, you can park in via Pietro Paleocapa and in via Gerolamo Bartolomeo Gadio on the blue stripes. In front of the train station, in the taxi area, there are two parking spaces reserved for disabled parking permit holders.

Triennale and Torre Branca

The itinerary starts from Piazzale Cadorna, where the historic building of the Ferrovie Nord Milano station is. In the year 2000, the square underwent a significant urban restyling based on a project by the architect Gae Aulenti, who furnished it with canopies and with the installation of a sculpture by the artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, reproducing a large needle, thread and knot, the symbols of Milano's industriousness.

 

The first stop on this itinerary is the Triennale Milano. Keeping the railway station behind you, turn left to reach via Pietro Paleocapa. Here turn left again, taking the right sidewalk of the street, and walk for about 200 meters. 

 

Cross via Jacini and further on via Gadio (pedestrian crossings with a short slope of 3.8%, without acoustic signal for the blind). Continue along Viale Emilio Alemagna for about 300 meters until you reach the Palazzo dell'Arte, home to the Triennale Milano.

This is an international cultural institution where art, design, architecture, fashion and cinema exhibitions, conferences and events are organized. Once the visit to the exhibition spaces is over, a must-see is the installation called "The mysterious baths", created in 1973 by Giorgio De Chirico and located in the gardens at the back of the Palazzo dell'Arte.

 

Leaving the Triennale, keeping the main entrance behind you, walk along Viale Alemagna on your right and after 50 meters turn right onto Via Luigi Camoens (road with an average gradient between 4.6% and 7.2% in the last stretch). After about thirty meters, on your left, you will find the entrance to the Torre Branca designed by Cesare Chiodi and Gio Ponti and inaugurated in 1933. It is possible to get on top of the tower, where you can admire the whole city; on clear days you can also see the Lombard Prealps.

Parco Sempione, Castello Sforzesco and Michelangelo's Pietà

Once you exit the tower lift and get to the entrance on via Camoens, turn left and after a few meters you reach one of the entrances to the Sempione Park; all paths have a compact surface and are easily enjoyable even by people in a wheelchair. 

 

Turn right to reach the Castello Sforzesco; do not miss a visit to the former Spanish hospital which houses the "Pietà Rondanini", the last unfinished masterpiece by Michelangelo Buonarroti (for more information on the Castello Sforzesco and the Sempione Park, we advise you to read the itinerary “The heart of the city").

 

After the visit to the Castello Sforzesco, return to Piazza del Cannone. In front of you, in the distance, you can admire the Arco della Pace, whose construction started in 1807 at the behest of Napoleon Bonaparte and completed by the Austrians in 1838.

Acquario Civico and Arena Civica

In Piazza del Cannone, turn right and go for about 350 meters, leaving the park and walking along Via Gadio, until you reach the Acquario Civico (Civic Aquarium). It is housed in an elegant Art Nouveau building, adorned with friezes and majolica. The internal paths offer an interesting insight into the Italian aquatic environments.

 

Once the visit to the Aquarium is over, go back to Via Gadio and turn left and enter the Sempione Park. Head to the Civic Arena "Gianni Brera" and, once you arrive, walk along Viale Repubblica Cisalpina until you reach the park exit in Viale Elvezia. Turn right, walk for about 50 meters until you reach the crossroad with Via Canonica (crossing with a threshold, equipped with an acoustic signal for the blind) and cross Viale Elvezia. 

Via Paolo Sarpi, Milano's Chinatown

From here you can reach via Paolo Sarpi by walking along the streets of the neighbourhood (about 600 meters) or using public transport. If you want to use the bus, cross via Canonica (crossing with a threshold, equipped with an acoustic signal for the blind) and reach the bus stop of line n. 43 (about 30 meters away in the direction of Piazza Firenze) or line n. 57 (in the direction of Quarto Oggiaro). 

 

After 4 stops, get off a few meters before the intersection with via Paolo Sarpi: the road is about 800 meters long (paved paving with a central section in cobblestones) and it is known as the "Chinatown of Milano". It is a cycle and pedestrian street decorated with flowerbeds and trees.

Starting from 1920, many immigrants from China began to settle in this area of the town. Already during Fascism, this area was called "the headquarters of the Chinese".

 

However, do not expect the typical papier-mache doors or dragons, except on the days when the Chinese New Year is celebrated, in February, when you can enjoy the parade of allegorical wagons and make shopping at the stalls. 

 

The Chinese presence is visible in the many ethnic restaurants and shops and in the carts and bicycles loaded with goods that run through the streets of the neighbourhood. Follow the road looking around the various shops and contemporary art workshops. You can end your day with a dinner of soy spaghetti, tofu and Cantonese duck or with ravioli take away, cooked on the spot.

End of itinerary information

Via Paolo Sarpi is served by trams 2, 4, 12, 14 and buses 43, 57, 94. They are all accessible except for trams 2 and 12.

For more information for passengers with disabilities, please visit the ATM web page

 

At the end of this itinerary, for those who prefer to use public transport, two options are available.

 

The first one is to reach the end of via Paolo Sarpi where you turn right into viale Montello and after about 200 meters you will find the tram stop of line n. 4 (in the direction of piazza Castello). You can get off at the Lanza stop, where the "Piccolo Teatro" and the M2 underground are, or at the terminus in Piazza Castello (all these tram stops are accessible). 

 

The second option: at the intersection of via Sarpi with via Bramante, take tram 14 towards Lorenteggio (accessible tram stop) which will take you to piazza Duomo (the Duomo tram stop is not accessible; so it is advisable to get off at Cordusio or via Torino stop).

 

For those who prefer to move by car, in the streets surrounding Via Paolo Sarpi it is possible to park on the blue stripes.