The central area of Milan known as the “Roman zone” is about to undergo a thorough restoration.
The two towers and Roman wall of the Archaeological Museum will be the first beneficiaries of a plan for urban renewal which will encompass the historic area between S. Ambrogio, Corso Magenta, Via Orefici and Via Torino, as far as S. Lorenzo. This first phase will start in October and finish during 2014.
Work will also start soon on the area between Via Brisa and Via Gorani, with the restoration of the mediaeval tower and the creation of a new piazza.
Rich with monumental remains dating from the Roman era and from the Middle Ages, a labyrinth of narrow streets and little squares, the whole zone will now be redesigned with priority for pedestrians, a 30 kmh speed limit and one-way streets planned to discourage through traffic. Part of Via Cappuccio will become an exclusively pedestrian area, easing access to the two archaeological areas, three museums, seven churches and 10 schools in the neighbourhood.
“Finally a historic part of our city will be reborn,” said deputy mayor Ada Lucia De Cesaris, presenting the plan this week, “with interventions to respect its touristic and community vocation. A positive collaboration between public and private enterprise will give one of Milan’s precious jewels back to the city.”