World Routes 2021

The 26th World Route Development Forum

Milan, Italy
5 - 7 September 2021

Complimentary Tours

Our hosts will provide delegates with a range of tours, offering them the chance to explore Milan and the wider Lombardy region. Further information, regarding booking, will be available in due course. 

Milan: Tour 1
Credit: Comune di Milano 

Milan: In the Shadow of the Duomo 

Starting from the Duomo, the city architectural wonder witnessing 500 years of history, the tour takes visitors through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the city parlor, to reach La Scala square, where you will find both the world famous La Scala opera theatre and Palazzo Marino, City Hall of Milan. The walk continues towards Piazza dei Mercanti, home of the medieval 'Broletto', where a small relief in white stone portrays a curious animal: the “scrofa semilanuta”, to whose legendary existence some associate the origin of the ancient name "Mediolanum". After that, the tour reaches Piazza Cordusio and ends in Via Dante, a pedestrian street built after the unification of Italy to connect the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, overlooked by prestigious eclectic and liberty buildings.

Milan Tour 2
Credit: Deposit Photos

Milan: A City of Water

The tour takes us to the heart of the most traditional and evocative neighborhoods of Milan, Porta Ticinese, along the ancient "Via Regia" that from the city of Pavia led to the heart of Milan. On XXIV Maggio square the great Darsena opens, the ancient river port of the city where the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese meet. The Navigli are the artificial canals from the medieval age to the twentieth century ensured the communications and commercial development of the city.

Recently the whole Darsena area has undergone a valid redevelopment project that has made the walk along the banks of the canals even more suggestive, where typical railing Milanese houses can be seen. Walking back towards the center of Milan, the tour will stop by the splendid church of Sant'Eustorgio, one of the jewels of the medieval city architecture, and the Columns of San Lorenzo, testimony of the oldest history of the city, when Milan was the capital of the Western Roman Empire.

Milan Tour 3
Credit: Deposit Photos

From Leonardo da Vinci to the Future 

Today the skyline of Milan offers an absolutely various and innovative panorama of projects designed by some of the most famous architects in the world (Hadid, Libeskind and others). One of the neighbourhoods most affected by this process of architectural regeneration is the Porta Nuova-Isola-Garibaldi district, which is located a short distance from Renaissance architectural excellence: the ancient Conca dell’Incoronata, one of the Navigli locks designed by the great Leonardo da Vinci. The tour starts from the Conca dell’Incoronata and continues towards the skyscrapers that stand around the large pedestrian area of Piazza Gae Aulenti, whose master plan belongs to the archistar Cesar Pelli. In the heart of the new Porta Nuova district, we will admire the Unicredit tower, the Solaria and Solea, Diamante and Diamantino towers, the new urban park The Library of Trees, the Ziqqurat headquarters of Google Italy and, finally, the Bosco Verticale, an award-winning work in 2015 as the "most beautiful skyscraper in the world" designed by Stefano Boeri.

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