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Standing tall and proud in the heart of Parco Sempione, the city’s green lung, the Branca Tower (Torre Branca) is one of Milan’s hidden gems. Built in 1933 and designed by architect Gio Ponti, this iron panoramic tower offers a stunning, uninterrupted view of the city.

History: Initially named “Torre Littoria,” it was renamed “Torre Branca” after the renovation sponsored by the Branca distillery in 2002. It was designed for the 5th Triennale exhibition in just two and a half months, adding a unique allure to its current impressive stature.

Location: Torre Branca is located in the heart of Parco Sempione, close to Sforza Castle, a vibrant area in Milan teeming with cultural interest and natural beauty.

Architecture: Standing at a remarkable height of 108.6 meters, the tower is built entirely of steel. Its thin, sleek form is a striking contrast to the traditional architectural styles around it, adding a touch of modernism to the historic Milanese skyline.

Things to do:

  1. Scenic Views: Climb to the top of the tower to get a breathtaking panoramic view of Milan and on clear days, view sights as far as the Alps and the Apennines.
  2. Park Strolls: Enjoy a relaxing walk or picnic in Parco Sempione, a peaceful, expansive park adjacent to the tower.
  3. Nearby Attractions: Visit the neighboring Sforza Castle, the Triennale Design Museum, or the Arco della Pace.
  4. Fine Dining: Try authentic Milanese dishes in the nearby restaurants and cafes after your visit.

Tips: The tower is only open on certain days and timings vary depending on the season, so be sure to check the schedule in advance. A small fee is charged for the lift that takes you to the observation deck.

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