Amidst monuments and panoramic spots, the city of the Madonnina offers endless opportunities to take memorable photographs.
Besides being an Italian reference point for photography thanks to several galleries dedicated to ‘Auteur' photography, Milan, in itself, is a great place to take memorable photographs. Amidst monuments, ‘palazzi', statues and panoramic spots, the city of
More than 50 years ago French Photographer Pierre Movila said: “A photo, it's a cardiac arrest for a fraction of a second.” When visiting Milan, you'll discover that this feeling of wonder will accompany you throughout your stay. Since you'll be spoilt for choice and probably pressed for time, Where® Milan has compiled a list of districts featuring peerless landmarks that you should capture during your stay in the city.
HISTORIC CENTRE One of the most fascinating characteristics of the art of photography is its ability to capture aspects that may differ from reality, simply by moving the angle from which the photograph is taken. Working on this assumption, a shot of Piazza del Duomo, its surrounding area or the spires of the cathedral taken from the terraces of the Duomo is a must, especially at sunset, when the sky is tinged with different shades of red. The terraces of the Duomo can be accessed daily from 9am to 7pm, or during special openings reserved for small groups (www.duomomilano.it). A little further on, the imposing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II will capture your attention with its play of lights and shadows. To get the best possible shot, don't stop in Piazza Duomo, but enter the galleria, and head towards the middle of it, preferably directly underneath its large circular dome, where its mixture of pastelcoloured walls, frescoes, vaults and glass will allow you to create the perfect photo. Maurizio Cattelan's somewhat irreverent marble L.O.V.E. statue – also known as ‘the Finger' - can be found in the nearby Piazza Affari. In addition to being one of the city's best-known works of contemporary art, L.O.V.E., the acronym of ‘libertà, odio, vendetta, eternità (freedom, hate, vendetta and eternity), captures the attention of passersby due to its size and contrast with the severity of the Fascist architecture of Palazzo Mezzanotte, the headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange, lying behind it. Stand under the arches on the other side of the square to ensure that you capture this intriguing juxtaposition of shapes and styles. If you're in search of an unconventional shot, head towards Piazza Santo Stefano and enter the Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, housing the San Bernardino ossuary. At first glance, you'll notice that nearly all the decorations of its wall niches are made
from bones and skulls which are interspersed with Rococò motifs and large frescoes on the ceilings, and give the rooms a macabre yet totally captivating atmosphere. If your photographic tour of the centre has made you hungry, you can indulge in a quick break at Iginio Massari’s pasticceria in via Marconi where each creation will delight you with its taste and stunning, highly detailed aesthetics. This display of beautiful pastries will make a great photo opportunity! (www.iginiomassari. it). From here, a short stroll through the centre will lead you to corso Venezia, the heart of Milanese ‘Liberty’ architecture. Amongst the area's various architectural treasures, you'll find Villa Invernizzi, an imposing Art Nouveau-style building decorated with caryatids and mosaics. Although its façade deserves more than one photo, its most noteworthy attraction can be found in its garden at the back. By peeping through the foliage, you'll find an oasis of peace inhabited by brightly-coloured pink flamingoes. A truly unusual sight in the heart of the city!
SEMPIONE AND CITYLIFE
Not far from the centre, in corso Magenta, you'll find the 19th century Casa Rossi, one of the Regione Lombardia's cultural assets and an architectural gem, which features a blend of unique geometries and perspectives that will allow photography lovers to express their creativity to the fullest. After passing its façade decorated with four superimposed tiers of windows, the main door opens out onto an octagonal courtyard, with two access points on each side. Look up and hold your lens vertically. You'll have the impression that a geometric window overlooking the Milanese sky has appeared above your head. If sculptures are among the subjects
that you enjoy photographing most, then a souvenir photo of Claes Oldenburg's Ago e Filo (Needle and Thread) installation, located in front of the Cadorna railway station, is an absolute must. This huge artwork references the image of a train entering a tunnel but is also a tribute to Milan's Metro system. To take a picture worth remembering, photograph it in the evening, with its beautiful play of lights, or at dawn when its colours are reflected in the water below. Now head towards Parco Sempione where you'll find the Branca Tower, a 108 metre steel structure created by architect Gio Ponti. You can admire a stunning 360 degree panoramic view over Milan's skyline from its crystal viewing platform, which is also a great place to take unique pictures. By using different lenses or fisheye effects, which widen the view, you can achieve some truly surprising and creative shots (www.museobranca.it). If you don't feel like going to the top, you can head to the terrace of the nearby Triennale di Milano and admire the park's spaces from a different vantage point. While there, indulge in a Instagram-worthy treat at the gourmet Osteria Con Vista (www.osteriaconvista.it). End your photographic tour by taking a long walk to the Piazzale Giulio Cesare. Stand in front of the fountain, with the new design towers of the CityLife district in the background and capture the contrasting beauty of the city's past and present. Your photo will be well worth the walk.
PORTA NUOVA The area that stretches from the Cimitero Monumentale to the futuristic Porta Nuova district offers photo enthusiasts unique
inspiration. The Cimitero Monumentale houses the Famedio, the vast neo-Gothic temple where several of Milan's most famous personalities, including Alessandro Manzoni and Carlo Cattaneo, are buried. While respecting this religious site, give free rein to your creativity by pointing your lens upwards, to capture the thousand facets of light that filter through the rose windows that illuminate the building's cobalt blue and gold ceiling. Continue your tour and walk towards the imposing skyscrapers of Piazza Gae Aulenti. Instead of standing in the middle of the square, and photographing everything around
you, we suggest that you stop just beyond the steps of the Porta Garibaldi railway station. From this angle, you can take just one shot. This photo will then encompass the glass architectural structure, fitted with brass tubes that acoustically connect the various spaces of the square to the floors beneath it, and the dropshaped opening in the ceiling, from which the spire of the UniCredit building rises. After crossing the square, you can stop for a regenerative break at Bésame Mucho and sample beautifully presented Mexican specialties, ideal for those who enjoy capturing the essence of gourmet creations in their photos (be same muc ho. global ). After leaving the restaurant, you can enjoy one of the most evocative views of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Wood), the green residential complex designed by architect Stefano Boeri. You won't be disappointed!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Panoramic view from the Branca Tower
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Casa Rossi (corso Magenta)
“Ago e Filo” sculpture
San Bernardino alle Ossa