Milan, the industrial hearth of Italy, is also a city full of culture and interesting architecture; Its history made of many invasions and dominions, dotted the city of different styles, from ancien Roman ruins to the Romanic of the Middle age before the Baroque until the explosion of futurism and neomodernism during last century. Compared to Rome, with more homogenous landmarks, to discover the gems of Milano biking around the city is the best way, considering that the city center is relatively small and there is a great app Bike4Mi, that can help with all the e-bike stations, waterpoints, and many other interesting features. Following is the gallery of some shots from a biking day in Milano. Enjoy!
A water tower for the train station, with a brillant mosaic reminding the period when "Everything was possible"
The view from the trsin station of Porta Garibaldi, showing the lack of skyscrapers in the northern part of the city
But just outside the train station here is the new Porta Nuova complex, a stark change with the relatively sober architecture of the city
the Renewed Corso como, the place of the "movida" with best bars and clubs
Corso Como again, with Garibaldi door in the background
A couple of stilish retired people from Milano, enjoying the boutiques with clothes for the new season
A beautiful renewed palace in Corso Como
Garibaldi's door, built 150 years ago, served also a customs collection point
A chapel in Via Volta, named after the brillant Italian scientist
Chinese vogue in Via Sarpi
A flag of Sardinia. Proud of their origins, people from Sardinia has a strong sense of belonging to their land, even in the most progressive melting pot of Italy
Via Sarpi, once knows for its vogue shops now is named the new "Chinatown" because of the invasion of cheap Chinese businesses
The suburbs hosting the headquarters of the Italian Television
The broadcating tower of Rai
Offices of the state TV Rai
A traditional tram, the preferred public transport in Milano and a symbol for the city. Old models still maintain hardwood seats
A wonderful palace around Corso Sempione
Anything more Italian than an Italian coffee ?
A Baroquesque church in Corso XX Settembre
Immediately after here is St. Maria delle Grazie, in traditional Romanic style
Here is where Leonardo made his "Last Supper"
Biffi, in Corso Magenta, is one of the most prestigious tearoom in Milan
Down the Naviglio Grande streetart finds new breathe
From marginalized area to turistic suburb the Navigli area is one of the most traditional part of Milan
Every night the area is crowded with customers of the many bars and restaurants
A traditional spot along the Naviglio Grande where women came to wash their clothes
A new bar with old traditional furniture, as the tradition of enjoying life continues in Milan
Just behind the main line of buildings plenty of nice small courtyards wait to be discovered
This must have been the house of a major trader, along with his boutique below
Really? This is not California dude!
A traditional tram now used for a turistic roaming restaurant. With only 12 seats available and great italian food it is a wonderful opportunity to discover the city
Ticinese door, on the medieval perimeter of the city, marked the place where goods arrived by the water of the Navigli and were later introduced into the city
The skyscraper behind the old Roman walls
Streetart, because you have to be kind with your city
The sober, berliner style that dominated the architecture of Milan in 17th and 19th century
The Besana Round is an hidden round garden frequented by few visitors
Built in the 13th century the corridor with arch is a great souvenir of the pre-Renaissance period in Milan
Very well framed into the surrounding architecture the Besana Round is an hidden gem
Where new and old meets;
Medieval palace rehabilitated afterwards with a touch of solid fascist architecture
While its neighbour went through another sperimentation
The main Justice Court of Milan, with a poster in memory of judges Falcone and Borsellino, symbols of the war against mafia
Piazza 5 giornate, named after the 5 days of insurgency the city held against Austro-hungarian occupation
Porta Venezia, the door mostly used for military parades in old times
Again a traditional tram
The main Centrale train station, A Victorian-style building consolidated under the fascism
The Pirelli skyscraper, once the tallest building of the city, is an example of how the city preferred to develop functional buildings rather than eccentric displays of art
Fragment of the new Porta Nuova complex, planned to be ready for the 2015 Expo
Administrative buildings of the 50's and the 60's will merge with the most recent skyscrapers
Life if there is no place for bikes in the future ?
An example of city gardens for the new flats in Porta Nuova
Ferrari wins priority over the bicycle
For this new building and extremely light structure
The man in despair wile starring at the brand-new building, the HQ of Italy' most important bank
Here is the Dubaiesque Porta Nuova city project
And just behind a traditional Romanic church, in via Solferino
Inside the Limited traffic zone you can discover many sights just wandering around
Like this Romanic church, a reminder of how important Christianism has been for the city development
Corso Garibaldi is a nice place with little traffic to discover nice palaces and have a good break
A typical image of Milano from the 50s, with a tram approaching and the solid, sober building around.
Why not stopping for a good lunch in a traditional osteria before shopping ?
Around Corso Garibaldi, in the medieval part of the city, the different development periods of the city are well displaied
From pre-gothic to pre-romanic, this is one of the oldest churches, and amongst the best conserved
The traditional streets behind Breara, full of bars and cafes
With limited traffic walking around in a sunny day is a pleasure
Brera Art Gallery, one of the most important Art insitution of the city
Brera is also known as the area of artists, journalists and people that wanted to enjoy life
The Napoleon inside Brera Gallery
Art. Street art.
Palazzo Marino, siege of the City Council just at the end of the Galleria
The Scala theatre, one of the best places in the world for Opera
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the most exclusive place in town for tea and symbol of the first royal influence on the city architecture
Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture in Piazza Breda
A little passage behind the Galleria, build upon and ancient door
The house where Alessandro Manzoni lived and died. He is the author of the Promessi Sposi
Behind via San Babila, medieval heart of the city
The symbol of Visconti Family that ruled Milano before Sforza and brought great splendor with flourishing trade. The snake remained as the symbol of Milan
Roayl Palace, once residence of Visconty family and later of the Royal Family when Milan was briefly the capital of Italy
The other entrance of the Galleria from Duomo Square
The majestic Duomo of Milan; it took around 5 centuries for its complete construction!
Two particular tourists
The mid-woolen pork, according to the tradition, the origin of the name "Mediolanum"
Piazza dei Mercanti, the commercial trading heart of the city in the Middle Age
Another Romanic church just after the Duomo
Wonderful balcony, conserved and maintained in great syle
Milan's Stock Exchange and Cattelan's middle finger just in front of it
Garibaldi overseeing via Dante, in front of the Duomo
The Sforza Castle, the best preserved symbol of Milan's great splendor in the Middle Age
The symbols of the city and Sforza's family are well conserved in the main tower
Sempione Park, part of the Castle's garden
Sempione Park is a favourite spot for citizens to a nice walk in the sun
Sempione Arch, wanted by Napoleon.
The Sempione Arch, the Branca tower, Sforza's Castle in the background and a new city light installation. 6 centuries of history and art in few square meters
The Sempione Arch marked the arrival of the Sempione road that linked Paris to Milan via Switzerland and the Sempione pass and later tunnel
The Corso Sempione is a wide boulevard with many bars and restaurants and a favourite place for a drink or dinner
Most recent forms of Italian art
A TGV train, an high-speed train linking Milan to Paris via Turin and Lyon