The districts of Porta Garibaldi, Porta Nuova and Isola were involved into a process of redevelopment  that has completely changed this area of 290.000 mq, converting it in the most contemporary and the leading edge of Milan city planning.

The new project, devised by a team of internationally renowned architects, has redesigned the area creating a multitude of buildings with different facilities: offices, commercial, cultural and residential areas.
A pedestrian system of gardens, squares, footbridges and bike ways join all the zones.


This district takes its name both from some areas that bordered old farmhouses in the area, called “isole”, that means “islands” in Italian, and from the actual isolation of its urban context, almost disconnected from the rest of the city. Due to this unique conformation, the district has maintained its specific identity, fostered by an efficacious mix of residential buildings and workshops, that, together with the spread of cultural associations, clubs and meeting areas, make it one of the liveliest areas in Milan.

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Created as the northern entrance gate to the city, Porta Garibaldi is located in the centre of Piazza XXV Aprile and it was built by the architect Giacomo Moraglia between 1826 and 1828. The current neoclassical arch was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, to commemorate his victory against the Austrians (1859).
In recent years the axis that comprises corso Garibaldi, Piazza XXV Aprile and corso Como has undergone a lot of gentrification with the opening of numerous bars, shops and clubs and is now one of the main hubs of Milan nightlife.

Porta Nuova

In the first half of 1800s Porta Nuova became a strategic area for the growth of the industrial city. The abundance of water flowing from the north through the Martesana canal (whose banks can still be seen on Via San Marco) and the construction of the first Milanese railway station (1840), in Via Monte Grappa, attracted some of the factories that would make the history of 19th-century Milan.

Today the area is occupied by the gardens of Porta Nuova and it includes the most beautiful skyscraper of the city as the Unicredit Tower, the Diamante Tower, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest),  the Solaria Tower and the Lombardia Palace.