• 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

Como Lake with Bellagio and Lugano day trip from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Como Lake with Bellagio and Lugano day trip from Milan
46 mt

Walking tour with Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Duomo and Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini

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

Private Tour of Sforza Castle, Triennale and Branca Tower

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

Sforza Castle self-guided audio tour

  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle self-guided audio tour
271 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

Milan hop-on hop-off bus tour: 24, 48, 72-hour tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan hop-on hop-off bus tour: 24, 48, 72-hour tickets
432 mt

Lake Como day trip with Bellagio cruise from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Lake Como day trip with Bellagio cruise from Milan
436 mt

Bergamo half-day trip from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Bergamo half-day trip from Milan
438 mt

Lake Como and Bellagio day trip

  • Lakes
Lake Como and Bellagio day trip
439 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

Milan walking tour with Last Supper skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan walking tour with Last Supper skip-the-line tickets
578 mt

The Last Supper self-guided audio tour

  • Unesco Sites
The Last Supper self-guided audio tour
584 mt

Leonardo's Vineyard entrance ticket with audioguide

  • Leonardo
Leonardo's Vineyard entrance ticket with audioguide
589 mt

Last minute Da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour with skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Last minute Da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour with skip-the-line tickets
591 mt

Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit

  • Leonardo
Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit
601 mt

Da Vinci's Last Supper skip-the-line tickets and guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Da Vinci's Last Supper skip-the-line tickets and guided tour
602 mt

Renaissance treasures walking tour with Da Vinci's Last Supper

  • Art & Culture
Renaissance treasures walking tour with Da Vinci's Last Supper
616 mt

Where to sleep

ISOLA SRL CADORNA 10 SUB 728

Milano
ISOLA SRL CADORNA 10 SUB 728
81 mt

MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 751

Milano
MILAN RETREATS CADORNA 10 SUB 751
81 mt

ISOLA SRL CADORNA 10 SUB 749

Milano
ISOLA SRL CADORNA 10 SUB 749
81 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.706

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.706
117 mt

PIAZZALE CADORNA 9 SUB.707

Milano
PIAZZALE CADORNA 9  SUB.707
117 mt

MILAN ROYAL SUITES CARDUCCI 5-SUB.754

Milano
MILAN ROYAL SUITES CARDUCCI 5-SUB.754
179 mt

PENTHOUSE MILANO CENTER

Milano
PENTHOUSE MILANO CENTER
212 mt

IL CENACOLO

Milano
IL CENACOLO
309 mt

METASTASIO 3 SUB 704

Milano
METASTASIO 3 SUB 704
315 mt

HEART APARTMENTS TERRAGGIO 15 SUB 26 PIANO 3

Milano
HEART APARTMENTS TERRAGGIO 15 SUB 26 PIANO 3
342 mt

CORSO MAGENTA N. 7 SUB 704

Milano
CORSO MAGENTA N. 7 SUB 704
347 mt

CORSO MAGENTA 7 - SUB 702

Milano
CORSO MAGENTA 7 - SUB 702
347 mt

BE APARTMENTS CARDUCCI III

Milano
BE APARTMENTS CARDUCCI III
391 mt

ITALIANWAY VIA MONTI VINCENZO 29 SUB. 716

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIA MONTI VINCENZO 29 SUB. 716
469 mt

ITALIANWAY VIA MONTI VINCENZO 29 SUB. 718

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIA MONTI VINCENZO 29 SUB. 718
469 mt

CASTEL S.R.L._VIA CAMPERIO 9_SUB777

Milano
CASTEL S.R.L._VIA CAMPERIO 9_SUB777
488 mt

CAIROLI APARTMENT

Milano
CAIROLI APARTMENT
498 mt

ITALIANWAY VIGNA 3

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIGNA 3
506 mt

IMPERIALE PROPERTIES GIULINI 2 SUB 731

Milano
IMPERIALE PROPERTIES GIULINI 2 SUB 731
519 mt

IMPERIALE PROPERTIES SRL VIA GIULINI 2 SUB 733

Milano
IMPERIALE PROPERTIES SRL VIA GIULINI 2 SUB 733
519 mt