Milano fell in love with water in past times. Indeed, even if the city does not look out the sea, it boasts a centennial connection with the first element of life - while cars run along Ponte delle Milizie, the Naviglio Grande flows underneath and many rivers still breath under the cement.


Since the world began, the water supply satisfies people, supports communications and enriches architectural beauty of the city. Fountains represent fresh stops during long walks or beautiful scenographies for taking photos, such as traditional “green dragons” (also called “vedovelle”) all around the city - little towers with square shaped with the city’s coat of arms.


Shown below a selection of fountains that decorate architectural assets of the city. 

Piazza Castello Fountain

The fountain of Piazza Castello is an excellent set for numerous kisses between lovers. How many marriage proposals among those squirts of water! Indeed there is no better place to kneel down, hand out a ring and - perhaps - say “yes”. 

The fountain is nominated “Turta di spus” because of its shape and the “fan-shaped” squirt at the top. Its position is magnificent - in front of Sforzesco monument - it greets the Filarete Tower and it enriches the street view from via Dante. The fountain is made by Vicenza stones, agents atmospheric resistant.

The fountain was realized by AEM - the past and the official electric enterprise of the city - in the 30s of the twentieth century.

After it was taken off because of the II World War and the archeological site of Cairoli subway in 1959, some people forgot about it. Later, fortunately, this monument has placed back to refresh and illuminate this pretty corner of Milan which dominate in front of the Castle and all gardens around

Piermarini Fountain

It was August the 15th 1782, the famous architect Piermarini launched the that was the only one in the city for more than 150 years. The water reached the three tanks directly from Seveso with the help of a pump placed in Via Ore, in order to contrast the slope and getting the flow up to the surface. In the main tank, the biggest one, three sirens - called “Le Teodolinde” and made by Carrara marble - take two basins more. 

This beautiful corner of Milan sees students reaching the University of Milan, people who go up to Duomo and benefit the beauty of the monument just sitting around it on the green benches.

Fontana delle 4 Stagioni (Four Seasons Fountain) - Citylife

Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer are the four statues placed into the long tank of the fountain which dominate Citylife. It is composed by three communicating basins. The water flows through beautiful blue and red choreographies that reach up to eight meters height.

The fountain, even if it is dated back to 1928, is part of the trade fair centre of Milan - renovated recently. Leaving the subway stations of Lotto or Buonarroti, the fountain is hidden behind the big park of Citylife - popular among sportsmen and families. Reaching the monument it is easy to be impressed by its impressiveness.

Piazza Gae Aulenti Fountain

Just under Porta Nuova skyscrapers, the fountain was realized by Argentinian architect César Pelli. It is set six meters higher than the street underneath, the one who starts from Porta Garibaldi becoming Corso Como. For this reason from Gae Aulenti square it is easy to admire Milan skyline: Bosco Verticale, Torre Galfa, Torro di Garibaldi and Palazzo Regione Lombardia. With water that reflects on the floor, it is possible to see beautiful choreographies. 

Recently, since many tourists and citizens use the fountain to defeat hot weather, some bathing prohibition labels are exposed all around the square. However, it is possible to cross the square walking on the fountain. During nights it is possible to get benefits from the romantic atmosphere thanks to all lights effects.

Fontana ai Marinai d’Italia (Italian Sailor's Fountain)

The Associazione Marinai d’Italia wanted to set this short and circular fountain in order to celebrate all sailors fallen during the II World War. The former President Aldo Moro was present during the grand opening. Indeed in 1967 he was in Milan and he met the architect Francesco Somaini who realized the monument. 

The sculpture at the centre represents a wave in a woman’s body equipped with wings - seen by far, she seems to be crossed by a squirt of water that flings in the sky.

The fountain is surrounded by Parco Formentano, well-known as Parco Marinai d’Italia, and it is close to Palazzina Liberty, location for cultural and recreational activities, from October 2017 dedicated to Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame.