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.duo­momi­ 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!


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.museo­ 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.os­te­ri­acon­ 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

Villa In­v­ernizzi

Casa Rossi (corso Ma­genta)

“Ago e Filo” sculp­ture

San Bernardino alle Ossa

Bosco Ver­ti­cale

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