Milano Centrale. History across the generations.

  BY Ruslan Telemtaev   25 June 2016

Central railway station in Milan - one of the most important transportation hubs in Italy and in Europe. Trains operate daily between Rome, Venice, Paris, Nice, Zurich, and other major cities. More than 300 thousand passengers transpass through this station on daily bases. Approximately 600 trains depart from 24 platforms, daily.

In 1864, the Central station opened to the public. But the transportation system was developing rapidly and the old station could not cope with the amount of people. That is why, in 1931, engineers revealed a new reconstructed Stazione Centrale, whose appearance did not change to this day. The winner architect for the best Milan Central Station project was Stachchini Ulis, whose project was inspired by the Union Station in Washington, DC.

During an Italian economic crisis the construction of Central station was very slow, but with the coming to reign of Mussolini everything changed. The initial draft was revised, because Mussolini wanted the main train station in Milan to look like a grand monument dedicated to the power of fascist regime. Strict architectural features typical to Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, large sculptures, and bas-relieves reflected Mussolini's view. The main innovation of this building is a dome that covers all 24 platforms, built by the Italian engineer Alberto Fava. The infrastructure of this building is designed for comfort of passengers: modern offices, kiosks, stores, lockers, and more.

Milan Central Station has a public transportation to all city airports. To get from/to Malpensa, Bergamo or Linate airports use the shuttle (bus) service from Stazione Miano Centrale.

translated by Anastasia Ostapenko