Milan to open Monumentale metro station with a party

Monumentale the penultimate addition to the “lilac line” M5

Hard on the heels of the opening of Milan's underground station, Gerusalemme, in September comes the new M5 metro station Monumentale on Sunday 11 October, to be celebrated with a street party.

This is the second of the three new stations on the lilac line which Milan’s urban transport authority ATM promised for 2015.

Right outside the entrance to the gothic masterpiece of the city's Monumentale cemetery, visited by some 50,000 milanesi and tourists every year, the station will open at 06.00 for the lilac-coloured, fully automated driverless trains.

City hall and ATM have planned a party, kicking off at 10.00 with the first of two free guided tours of the most fascinating sculptures in the cemetery, lasting about one hour. The second tour will start at 16.00. Those interested in taking part are advised to book by telephone on 02 8844 1274.

At 11.30 the city band will give a concert in the square above the station, and the local authorities will greet the public.

From 18.00 to 20.00, the party will move to the nearby cultural centre Fabbrica del Vapore in Via Procaccini for music, a cabaret by popular comedian Andrea Pucci, kids’ games and a DJ set.

Neighbourhood shops will stay open for the whole day, while a team of makeup artists will colour the faces of children on the streets. There will also be a photo exhibition on the five years of construction work on the lilac line; the exhibit will remain open throughout November, moving next week to the BNP Paribas building in Piazza S. Fedele.

The last station of the M5 to open shortly will be Tre Torri. This will complete the 13-km line, running with 19 stations from Bignami Parco Nord to San Siro stadium in less than half an hour.