Soaring 529 feet (161 meters) above Milan’s modern Porta Nuova business district, Palazzo Lombardia is the headquarters of the regional government of Lombardy, but architecture enthusiasts can visit the ground floor, which is home to shops, restaurants, bars, and an auditorium for performances. Join a walking tour of Porta Nuova to visit the neighborhood’s 19th-century Porta Nuova city gate and important modern skyscrapers like Palazzo Lombardia, in addition to the Unicredit Tower, Diamante Tower, and the Bosco Verticale.
Segway by night tours are a unique way to explore the neighborhood, or you can combine architecture with cuisine by opting for a Porta Nuova food tasting tour that stops to sample Italian specialties at Eataly.
Things to know before you go
- Bring your camera to capture the mix of historic and modern architecture in the Porta Nuova neighborhood.
- Walking and Segway Porta Nuova tours are mostly outdoors, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
- Palazzo Lombardia and the surrounding neighborhood are accessible to wheelchair users.
- The neighborhood is home to restaurants, cafès, and Eataly—ideal for snacks or meals.
How to get there
Palazzo Lombardia is in the Porta Nuova neighborhood, north of the historic center and east of the Stazione Garibaldi train station. The nearest metro station is Garibaldi and a number of bus and tram lines stop near Palazzo Lombardia.
When to get there
If you would like to explore the cafès and shops in Palazzo Lombardia during your tour, visit during business hours. Otherwise, night tours of the Porta Nuova neighborhood offer picturesque views of the modern skyline.
Porta Nuova’s Award-Winning Skyscrapers
Palazzo Lombardia was built as part of an important urban renewal project of the Porta Nuova neighborhood in the early 21st century, when a number of area skyscrapers won international awards for their design. In addition to Palazzo Lombardia’s 2012 International Architecture Award for best new global design, the nearby Unicredit Tower ranked eighth in the Emporis 2012 awards for excellence in aesthetic and functional design; the Diamante Tower was awarded the LEED GOLD certification for use of renewable energy; and the Bosco Verticale won the 2014 International Highrise Award.
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