Milan reopens Urban Center

Info on all cultural events

Milan city hall’s Urban Center, a central info point in the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery connecting the Duomo to La Scala, has been reopened after five months of renovation.

Located in a key position in the very heart of the city, the Urban Center boasts two related services: information for tourists, business visitors and residents on the entire range of cultural events in Millan and its province, and an area available for conferences, exhibitions, workshops and debates.

Open every weekday from 09.00 to 19.00 and on Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00, the Urban Center with its 400 sqm on three levels brings together all the services previously located near the Sforza castle, including ticketing for exhibitions and museums, local travel advice, and even a “Brand Milano” stand dedicated to the city’s products, from panettone to motorbike crash helmets.

Multilingual staff will answer queries at the InfoMilano desks, and Brand Milano, which helped finance the renovation work, will offer gadgets and souvenirs.

The exhibition space is already operative, with a selection of panoramic photos by Federico Brunetti telling the story of the preparation of the grounds for Expo 2015, from the start of work in 2013 to the present. The collection, which already holds over 10,000 shots, will document the metamorphosis of the metropolitan landscape for future memory. The exhibit is open, free of charge, Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 18.00, until 10 December.

Also focussing on Expo 2015, Tuesday 2 December will see the presentation of Massimo Beltrame’s book on the history of universal expositions, starting with London in 1851 and bringing the reader up to date with Shanghai 2010. The second part of the book will cover exhibitions in Milan, starting in the 1800s and leading up to the Transport Expo 1906, while the third section will be dedicated to next year’s Expo 2015.

Other events already in the programme include a photo exhibit on the work of FISH, the Italian Federation for Overcoming Handicaps; a public debate on skyscrapers and the city, the recent buildings which have transformed Milan’s skyline; and the presentation of three books on Christmas traditions in the city, in a single package with a panettone, Milan’s traditional Christmas cake. More details of the Urban Center’s programme are on this page of the Comune website.