• 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

Vigna di Leonardo

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, museums in Milan
485 mt

Triennale

  • Art & Culture
Triennale
525 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

Porta romana

It was the Imperial gate and is the main gateway to Milan. From it started the road to the Ancient Rome
  • Art & Culture
Porta Romana
733 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

Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Ingresso Piazza della Scala Milano
01/03/2013 - 31/12/2018
  • Art & Culture
Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo
969 mt

Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition

Teatro Manzoni
Via Manzoni, 23, Monza
07/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
  • Art & Culture
Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition
14.7 km

The Museum invites you

Musei Civici
via Teodolinda, 4
24/06/2018 - 23/08/2018
  • Art & Culture
The Museum invites you
14.78 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

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

Guided Tour of Como and Cruise to Bellagio and Lecco

  • Art & Culture
Guided Tour of Como and Cruise to Bellagio and Lecco
137 mt

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

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

Sforza Castle and museums skip-the-line tickets

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

Italian food and lifestyle in Milan

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

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

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

Private Milan's favorite food tour: Gelato, wine, pizza and more

  • Art & Culture
Private Milan's favorite food tour: Gelato, wine, pizza and more
579 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

Exclusive Da Vinci's Last Supper tour by night with dinner at Eataly

  • Art & Culture
Exclusive Da Vinci's Last Supper tour by night with dinner at Eataly
591 mt

Tickets and audioguide for Leonardo's Vineyard and Atellani House

  • Art & Culture
Tickets and audioguide for Leonardo's Vineyard and Atellani House
593 mt

Best of Milan tour with Leonardo's vineyard

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan tour with Leonardo's vineyard
616 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

Semi-private Milan walking tour with Last Supper and Duomo Rooftop

  • Art & Culture
Semi-private Milan walking tour with Last Supper and Duomo Rooftop
620 mt

Historical tour of Milan with Last Supper tickets

  • Art & Culture
Historical tour of Milan with Last Supper tickets
620 mt

Torre Branca tickets

  • Art & Culture
Torre Branca tickets
624 mt

Brera, old meets cool walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Brera, old meets cool walking tour
639 mt

Personal Shopper Experience in Milan

  • Lifestyle
Personal Shopper Experience in Milan
694 mt

Where to sleep

BONAPARTE SUITES

Milano
BONAPARTE SUITES
50 mt

A.M.F. DI ALINE CALVI PARISETTI

Milano
A.M.F. DI ALINE CALVI PARISETTI
50 mt

SOTTOTETTO CADORNA

Milano
SOTTOTETTO CADORNA
116 mt

CHARMING APARTMENT THE CASTLE

Milano
CHARMING APARTMENT THE CASTLE
117 mt

DAVANTI AL CASTELLO

Milano
DAVANTI AL CASTELLO
165 mt

LEOPARDI 3

Milano
LEOPARDI 3
191 mt

HOMY APARTMENTS

Milano
HOMY APARTMENTS
200 mt

HOMEY MILANO

Milano
HOMEY MILANO
200 mt

B&B LA CASA DI LEONARDO

Milano
B&B LA CASA DI LEONARDO
258 mt

KING MOKINBA HOTELS

Milano
KING MOKINBA HOTELS
297 mt

EASYHOMES

Milano
EASYHOMES
313 mt

MILAN FLAT

Milano
MILAN FLAT
315 mt

SECONDO PENSIERO DI LUCIA SCOGNAMIGLIO

Milano
SECONDO PENSIERO DI LUCIA SCOGNAMIGLIO
329 mt

SECONDO PENSIERO DI LUDOVICO FUSAIA

Milano
SECONDO PENSIERO DI LUDOVICO FUSAIA
329 mt

HEART APARTMENTS

Milano
HEART APARTMENTS
342 mt

APPARTAMENTO COLLA

Milano
APPARTAMENTO COLLA
342 mt

GUEST HOUSE CASTELLO

Milano
GUEST HOUSE CASTELLO
352 mt

APPARTAMENTO BRISA

Milano
APPARTAMENTO BRISA
379 mt

APPARTAMENTO VACANZE DI BARBARA ABBRUZZESE

Milano
APPARTAMENTO VACANZE DI BARBARA ABBRUZZESE
404 mt

GENIUS DOWN TOWN

Milano
GENIUS DOWN TOWN
418 mt