Despite having been built only a few years ago, piazza Gae Aulenti and its fountain have become one of the Milanese favorite places to hang out in summer.
This elevated circular square, completely closed off to the traffic, is surrounded by tall office buildings, the main is owned by Unicredit, a major Italian bank, and by shops and coffees. Its main attracton, though, is the huge fountain, a flat pool divided into four main sections. Three of them are fringed with benches that allow sitting either facing outside or facing the pool. The fourth pool has no benches and is usually used by children to play by day.
The food court
On the lower level, under the fountains, you can find a food court with several stalls where you can grab a quick bite, eat a full meal or just drink a cofee. A large supermarket is also part of the court.
Piazza Gae Aulenti is part of the newer Porta Nuova area, until a few years ago occupied by deserted industrial plants, which extends between the Porta Garibald station and piazza Repubblica, not far from the Centrale station.