From an ancient gate to the city to the new international university campus
Art, spas and many restaurants, bars, co-working spaces and clubs liven up the life of Porta Romana. The arch by the same name, in Piazzale Medaglie d'Oro, was one of the six main access gates to Milan, an integral part of the Spanish walls built to strengthen the defense of the city by Governor Ferrante I Gonzaga. Nearby is Casa Sartorio, a building designed by Enrico Provasi in 1910, that calls to mind, on a small scale, the Flatiron Building in New York City. To indulge in a relaxing break, in Porta Romana there is an ancient spa with a view of the Roman aqueduct. It is worth visiting the Giardino della Rotonda della Besana, a former cemetery and now a green area with an English-style lawn, and the deconsecrated Church of S. Michele ai Nuovi Sepolcri.
A few steps away is the New Bocconi University Campus designed in this area in 1941 redesigning the district with its rationalist architecture. The district is very young, frequented by university students, but also full of places where you can have a drink or take a walk in Parco Ravizza or Parco della Resistenza.