• Art & Culture

Needle, Thread and Knot

Where
Milan

Centrally positioned Piazzale Cadorna has the Milan Ferrovie Nord railway station, two underground lines that converge here, numerous trams and buses passing through and it is also the pickup point for shuttles to Malpensa airport. Just a short walk away are Castello Sforzesco and Sempione Park.

Piazzale Cadorna can be considered one of the most colourful areas in Milan. The entire square, and the station in particular, was completed renovated by the architect Gae Aulenti at the start of 2000, with the addition of wide pavements in pink granite, red columns, green panels, glass roofing and fountains.

In the centre of the square is the Needle, Thread and Knot sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. This enormous piece comprises a 19-metre tall steel needle, stuck into the ground, and a multi-colour reinforced fibreglass thread, 86 metres long, that pops up in another point of the square with a knot on its end.

It is no coincidence that the sculpture disappears underground as it  features the colours of the three different underground lines, linking above and below. One of the new symbols of Milan, it is a tribute to the creative and hardworking nature of the Milanese and Milan fashion.

The architecture, the sculpture and continual pedestrian traffic make Piazzale Cadorna one of the city's most contemporary and dynamic points.

Take me here: Needle, Thread and Knot

Places

Sforza Castle

Social life in Milan has always revolved around the Sforza Castle, a symbol of the city’s renowned industriousness and its love of beauty
  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle
116 mt

Church of San Maurizio

In the heart of Milan, is defined the Sistine Chapel of Lombardy. Completely frescoed leaves you breathless
  • Religious Tourism
Church of San Maurizio
333 mt

Sempione Park

  • Active & Green
Sempione Park
467 mt

Leonardo’s Vineyard

Leonardo's Vineyard is located in Milan, in front of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church; it was given to Leonardo by Ludovico il Moro
  • Art & Culture
Vigna di Leonardo, Musei Milano
485 mt

Triennale

  • Art & Culture
Triennale
525 mt

Roman Theatre of Milan

Discover the Roman Theatre of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Roman Theatre of Milan
551 mt

The Last Supper

The Last Supper is the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci. A Unesco Heritage site along the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan
  • Unesco Sites
The Last Supper
584 mt

Santa Maria delle Grazie

An impressive piece of architecture in the heart of Milan, inextricably linked to the fresco by Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper
  • Religious Tourism
Santa Maria delle Grazie, inspiring churches in Lombardy
600 mt

Piccolo Teatro

"An Arts Theatre for Everyone" since 1947.
  • Art & Culture
Piccolo Teatro
625 mt

Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

One of the symbols of the city of Milan, is dedicated to its patron saint, whose feast is celebrated every year on December 7th
  • Religious Tourism
Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, a monumental landmark
690 mt

Basilica di San Simpliciano

  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Simpliciano, Churches of Milan
786 mt

Museo Mangini Bonomi

Housed in an elegant Milanese building, the museum exhibits an extensive collection organized in 40 sections
  • Art & Culture
Museo Mangini Bonomi, Musei Milano
848 mt

Ambrosian Picture Gallery

It houses the largest collection of Leonardo's sheets, the Codex Atlanticus, exhibited thanks to temporary thematic exhibitions
  • Art & Culture
Ambrosian Picture Gallery
849 mt

Brera Picture Gallery

  • Art & Culture
Brera Picture Gallery
901 mt

Arco della Pace

Numerous architectural symbols of Milan. The imposing arch that stands out in the middle of Corso Sempione is one of these
  • Art & Culture
Arco della Pace, the Arch of Peace
903 mt

Brera Botanical Gardens

A romantic green oasis in the center of Milan. The flower beds are home to some of the richest collections of species in our flora
  • Active & Green
Brera Botanical Gardens
930 mt

Teatro alla Scala

One of the most famous international opera temples, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan enchants the world with opera, concerts and ballets.
  • Art & Culture
Teatro alla Scala
934 mt

La Scala Theatre Museum

  • Art & Culture
La Scala Theatre Museum
955 mt

Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

  • Lifestyle
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, inspiring monuments
1.02 km

Museo del Novecento

A permanent collection of XXth century artwork inside Palazzo Arengario only a few steps away from the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Art & Culture
Museo del Novecento
1.13 km

Events

Virtual Museum of Leonardo’s Milan

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Armi
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Milano Leonardo
271 mt

Extraordinary opening of Sala delle Asse

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Asse
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Sala della Asse
271 mt

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore, 21, Milano
19/07/2018 - 27/10/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Leonardo da Vinci Parade
808 mt

Leonardo and his School in the Ambrosiana’s collections

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza Pio XI 2, Milano
01/12/2018 - 31/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Mappa della Città di Milano - Leonardo da Vinci
844 mt

Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ for Francis I: a masterpiece of silk and silver

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano
07/10/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
La cena di Leonardo per Francesco I
1.24 km

La Lombardia di Leonardo dall'alto

Palazzo Lombardia
Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, Milano
12/05/2019 - 22/12/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Logo Leonardo
2.5 km

Leonardo’s Horse

Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI, Milano
01/05/2019 - 30/11/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Cavallo di Leonardo
4.11 km

Apertura al Pubblico 20/10

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
20/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
Apertura al Pubblico 20/10
11.83 km

Apertura al Pubblico 27/10

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
27/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
Apertura al Pubblico 27/10
11.83 km

Nobili e Servi - Una storia lombarda 27/10

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
27/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
Nobili e Servi - Una storia lombarda 27/10
11.83 km

Villa Arconati - Public Opening

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
24/11/2019
  • Art & Culture
Villa Arconati - Public Opening
11.83 km

26° Th Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition

Teatro Manzoni
via Manzoni, Monza
27/09/2020 - 04/10/2020
  • Art & Culture
Concorso pianistico
14.71 km

Activities

Milan tour with Duomo, Last Supper and Sforza Castle

  • Art & Culture
Milan tour with Duomo, Last Supper and Sforza Castle
59 mt

Full-day walking tour with Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Duomo and Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini

  • Art & Culture
Full-day walking tour with Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Duomo and Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini
64 mt

Leonardo, the Painter

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo, the Painter
116 mt

Private Tour of Sforza Castle, Triennale and Branca Tower

  • Art & Culture
Private Tour of Sforza Castle, Triennale and Branca Tower
133 mt

Best of Lake Como Experience from Milan, Cruise and Landscapes

  • Art & Culture
Best of Lake Como Experience from Milan, Cruise and Landscapes
137 mt

Gran tour of Milan with Last Supper, Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre guided visit

  • Art & Culture
Gran tour of Milan with Last Supper, Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre guided visit
268 mt

Sforza Castle Virtual Reality Experience

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle Virtual Reality Experience
273 mt

Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour
290 mt

Sforza Castle Express Guided Tour

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle Express Guided Tour
290 mt

Last Supper and San Maurizio Church guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Last Supper and San Maurizio Church guided tour
317 mt

A day in the life of Leonardo: the Last Supper, the Sforza Castle and Bramante´s Sacristy

  • Leonardo 500
A day in the life of Leonardo: the Last Supper, the Sforza Castle and Bramante´s Sacristy
330 mt

Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
343 mt

Sforza Castle and museums skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle and museums skip-the-line tickets
349 mt

Sforza Castle guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle guided tour
364 mt

The heart of Milan

  • Art & Culture
The heart of Milan
391 mt

Milan hop-on hop-off bus tour: 1-day and 48-hour tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan hop-on hop-off bus tour: 1-day and 48-hour tickets
432 mt

Royal Villa of Monza half day tour from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Royal Villa of Monza half day tour from Milan
436 mt

Italian food and lifestyle in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Italian food and lifestyle in Milan
437 mt

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour
573 mt

Exclusive skip-the-line guided visit of Leonardo da Vinci's vineyard

  • Leonardo 500
Exclusive skip-the-line guided visit of Leonardo da Vinci's vineyard
574 mt

Where to sleep

HINTOWN APARTMENTS MILANO FORO BONAPARTE 51 B

Milano
HINTOWN APARTMENTS MILANO FORO BONAPARTE 51 B
50 mt

HINTOWN APARTMENTS MILANO FORO BONAPARTE 51 A

Milano
HINTOWN APARTMENTS MILANO FORO BONAPARTE 51 A
50 mt

CADORNA 10 - TGV STUDIO FLAT

Milano
CADORNA 10 - TGV STUDIO FLAT
81 mt

CADORNA 10 - ORIENT EXPRESS STUDIO FLAT

Milano
CADORNA 10 - ORIENT EXPRESS STUDIO FLAT
81 mt

CADORNA 10 - FRECCIA ROSSA APARTMENT

Milano
CADORNA 10 - FRECCIA ROSSA APARTMENT
81 mt

CARDUCCI 2

Milano
CARDUCCI 2
100 mt

CHARMING APARTMENT THE CASTLE

Milano
CHARMING APARTMENT THE CASTLE
117 mt

HOMY APARTMENTS

Milano
HOMY APARTMENTS
200 mt

EASYAFFITTI S.R.L.

Milano
EASYAFFITTI S.R.L.
212 mt

PENTHOUSE MILANO CENTER

Milano
PENTHOUSE MILANO CENTER
212 mt

B&B LA CASA DI LEONARDO

Milano
B&B LA CASA DI LEONARDO
258 mt

NUMBER HOUSE - NUMBER 15

Milano
NUMBER HOUSE - NUMBER 15
261 mt

SOMA S.R.L.

Milano
SOMA S.R.L.
280 mt

KING MOKINBA HOTELS

Milano
KING MOKINBA HOTELS
297 mt

IL CENACOLO

Milano
IL CENACOLO
309 mt

MAGENTA

Milano
MAGENTA
313 mt

EASYHOMES

Milano
EASYHOMES
313 mt

YOOF SRLS

Milano
YOOF SRLS
315 mt

MILAN FLAT

Milano
MILAN FLAT
315 mt

MAGENTA CADORNA ELEGANT APARTMENT MONTI

Milano
MAGENTA CADORNA ELEGANT APARTMENT MONTI
316 mt