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Porta Nuova

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Porta Nuova
Photograph: Courtesy Stefano Stabile

This relatively new neighbourhood has seen Milan grow up, so to speak: the emphasis on height and length is a new phenomenon in a city where tradition formerly dictated that no building be taller than the Madonnina, the statue of the Virgin Mary atop the Duomo. Designed by starchitect César Pelli, the UniCredit Tower—which also happens to be Italy’s tallest skyscraper—has redefined Milan’s skyline; it also acts as a shining beacon, calling all of Milan to its futuristic and curvy-lined shopping complex, Palazzo Lombarida. But perhaps more eye-catching, despite their more diminutive stature, are the Bosco Verticale high-rises. Planted with 900 frees, bushes and other flora, these two vertical forests are a surreal albeit welcome sight: they represent an environmentally responsible approach to urban development.

Time Out tip: If you happen to visit Porta Nuova around lunchtime, stop in Pescaria (Via Nino Bonnet, 5), a seafood sandwich spot most famous for its delicately fried octopus sandwich.

By: Emma Harper

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Venue name: Porta Nuova
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Address: Piazzale Principessa Clotilde, 37
Milan

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