• 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

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

  • Art & Culture
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
926 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

Activities

Castello Sforzesco of Milan – The life at Court

  • Art & Culture
Castello Sforzesco of Milan – The life at Court
219 mt

On the vintage tram in Milan, in the 1920’s atmosphere

  • Art & Culture
On the vintage tram in Milan, in the 1920’s atmosphere
302 mt

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel

  • Art & Culture
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel
325 mt

Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
343 mt

The heart of Milan

  • Art & Culture
The heart of Milan
391 mt

Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione

  • Art & Culture
Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione
530 mt

Guided tour of the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
560 mt

The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo

  • Art & Culture
The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo
601 mt

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a tour to the masterpieces of Art

  • Art & Culture
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,  a tour to the masterpieces of Art
823 mt

The Pinacoteca of Brera, a collection of absolute masterpieces

  • Art & Culture
The Pinacoteca of Brera, a collection of absolute masterpieces
885 mt

Guided tour of the Museum of La Scala, Milan

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of the Museum of La Scala, Milan
934 mt

Guided tour of Classic Milan

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of Classic Milan
1.06 km

Longboard course for beginners

  • Active & Green
Longboard course for beginners
1.13 km

Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia

  • Active & Green
Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia
1.14 km

Private Tour discover Milan Highlights

  • Art & Culture
Private Tour discover Milan Highlights
1.15 km

Milan Open Tour - Hop Off Hop On

  • Art & Culture
Milan Open Tour - Hop Off Hop On
1.15 km

Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area

  • Art & Culture
Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area
1.16 km

Private walking tour Milan the city of fashion

  • Art & Culture
Private walking tour Milan the city of fashion
1.16 km

The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas

  • Art & Culture
The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas
1.39 km

The Rooftop of the Duomo

  • Art & Culture
The Rooftop of the Duomo
1.39 km

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

SOMA CADORNA SUB 720

Milano
SOMA CADORNA SUB 720
81 mt

PIAZZALE LUIGI CADORNA 10_SUB 739

Milano
PIAZZALE  LUIGI CADORNA 10_SUB 739
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 728

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 728
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 751

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 751
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 749

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 749
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 726

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 726
81 mt

MILAN RETERATS PIAZZALE CADORNA 10 SUB 750

Milano
MILAN RETERATS PIAZZALE CADORNA 10 SUB 750
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA SUB 729

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA SUB 729
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA SUB 727

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA SUB 727
81 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

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.703

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.703
117 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.706

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.706
117 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.708

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.708
117 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.707

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9  SUB.707
117 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.705

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.705
117 mt