Even if you don’t travel by train, you shouldn’t miss visiting Milan’s main railway station, Milan Centrale. That’s right, visit it not only from the outside, but also go inside and have a look.
Milano Centrale or Stazione di Milano Centrale is one of the most important railway stations in Europe. The terminus station was inaugurated in 1931 after almost 20 years of construction.
Mailand Centrale – History
As early as 1906, King Vittorio Emanuele III laid the foundation stone for the station, although there was not even a construction plan for the building at that time. In 1913, the first work began, but progress was slow. The world economic crisis had Italy firmly in its grip and savings had to be made.
Initially, the building was to be kept very simple, but Mussolini decided that this structure should present the strength of the fascist empire and had all the plans changed. The new planning design was stylistically based on the Roman monumental buildings.
Additional platforms were included in the planning and a steel platform hall was planned. This was to be 341 metres long and cover an area of 66,000 m2. The building was inaugurated in 1931 and still stands there in all its glory.
The front of the station is 200 metres wide and 72 metres high. The terminus has 24 tracks on which about 500 trains arrive and depart daily. In addition, 2 metro lines stop here underground, as well as several bus and tram lines.
The airport shuttle buses also have their final stop here.
A station tour
We visited this station several times during our trip to Italy, each time to reach our different destinations.
As a train user, I found this station to be relatively clear, as all the tracks are nicely situated next to each other. Nevertheless, it is always exciting to see on which track the train arrives. None of our numerous tickets had a track on it. These were announced about 5-10 minutes before the train’s departure by loudspeaker announcements and on the display board. Then a mass of people flocked to the corresponding track and onto the train.
But even without the pressure of having to catch a train, we went back to the station and visited the beautiful building.
The station is divided into three large halls: the vestibule, the main hall with the ticket office and the station hall. There are figures and mosaics everywhere. After the renovation in 2010, there is also a mezzanine floor with shops.
We were even lucky enough to experience a flashmop here. Various dancers took advantage of this unique setting to showcase their skills.
Oh yes, a little tip from us. The Roadhouse restaurant is located in the station. Here you can eat delicious food at normal prices. The portions are huge, the service is very friendly and you have a great view of the track hall with the departing trains.
Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 1,
20124 Milan MI,