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Porta Genova

Overview

In the famous Navigli area, south of the Cathedral, lies Milan’s historic Porta Genova district.

Its name was inspired by the role it played as a major gateway into the city through the Spanish walls, built in 1870, in what is now Piazzale Cantore, where two 19th-century customs houses still stand. At its heart is the Porta Genova railway station, the oldest in the city and currently in use, which had a profound impact on the construction of the gateway itself, to allow the controlled passage of visitors arriving in the city.

The district boasts a rich choice of open-air restaurants, pubs and aperitif bars.

During the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato antiques market, held every month, the streets along the canal fill with stalls selling antique furniture and vintage clothes, while the Darsena, the city’s old harbour, hosts fairs and rock concerts.

 

Porta Genova

Porta Genova, Milano MI, Italia

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