Milan’s Pirellone open free to the public

30 July. Pirelli's skyscraper opens to public.

The Pirelli skyscraper, known to milanesi as “the Pirellone”, will be open free for visitors from 10.00 to 18.00 on 30 July, for a panoramic view from the 31st storey, 127 m above the city.

The award-winning building by Milan architect Giò Ponti, completed in 1960 for the tyre manufacturer Pirelli and for many years the tallest in the EU, became the seat of the Lombardy regional council in 1978.  Visitors can see the council chamber and the collection of artworks, and then go to the rooftop terrace to take part in the photo competition “A selfie in the clouds”.

Photos can be posted on the council’s Facebook page, and the winning snapshot will become the page’s cover picture.

A couple of peregrine falcons called Giò and Giulia recently chose a technical platform near the roof terrace of the Pirellone as a place to build their nest – a real room with a view – and raise their chicks. Enthusiasts can watch the nest, which the family uses as a base, 24/7 on a dedicated webcam.

If the current bid to host the European Medicines Agency in Milan is successful, Lombardy governor Roberto Maroni has offered the skyscraper as premises for the agency, and will have to relocate the regional council offices elsewhere.