Two new stations will open on Milan’s latest metro line – the lilac M5 – on Saturday 1 March.
The opening of Isola and Garibaldi stations is scheduled for 19.30, and will signal the start of the “Notte Lilla” (lilac night) party. “This will make Porta Garibaldi Italy’s most accessible place,” exulted city councillor Pierfrancesco Maran, announcing the party. This will up the number of stations on the new line from 7 to 9, and will also connect the M5 to the red (M1) and green (M2) lines.
The street party will take off with an acrobatic display by Kataklò n Piazza Gae Aulenti, while the perfumery Sephora will offer free makeup sessions until midnight. Both the Feltrinelli bookshop and the Nike store will stay open until midnight, while the square will be illuminated by the Unicredit tower – in lilac, what else?
Meanwhile, Via Volturno will resound to street music and kids’ games all weekend long, and the MIC interactive cinema museum will be open on Saturday from 17.00 to 21.00 for free screening of metro-themed movies.
To celebrate the new stations, all five lines will stay running Saturday night until 02.00.