Old Map of Milan, 1935: Via Pallavicino Rail Track, San Marco Canal and Lake, Piazza Duomo
Old Map of Milan, 1935: Via Pallavicino Rail Track, San Marco Canal and Lake, Piazza Duomo
Old Map of Milan, 1935: Via Pallavicino Rail Track, San Marco Canal and Lake, Piazza Duomo
Old Map of Milan, 1935: Via Pallavicino Rail Track, San Marco Canal and Lake, Piazza Duomo

Old Map of Milan, 1935: Via Pallavicino Rail Track, San Marco Canal and Lake, Piazza Duomo

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The 'Pianta di Milano,' a city map published in 1935 by Instituto Geographico de Agostini-Novara, is a fascinating historical document that offers a detailed view of Milan during a transformative period in its history. This street map is unique in that it captures the city's architectural and geographical features in a period of significant political and social change, the Fascist era. It meticulously illustrates the city's intricate network of streets, revealing the urban planning strategies of the time. The map also includes several landmarks, neighborhoods, and other notable features, making it a captivating piece of historical art.

This map is particularly interesting due to its depiction of certain features that no longer exist today. One of these is the rail track in via Pallavicino, which, as the map shows, was still in place at the time, even though the freight depot it served had been dismissed in 1934. This rail track, and the plans for its modification, hint at the industrial history of the city and the changes it was undergoing during this period.

Another noteworthy feature is the canal that extends almost to the city center, complete with a lake near the San Marco church. This water feature was filled in 1935, marking a significant alteration in the city's landscape. The presence of this canal and lake on the map offers a rare glimpse into a past version of Milan, before modernization efforts transformed its topography.

Lastly, the map includes a project for "C.so del Littorio" near Piazza Duomo, a name associated with the Fascist era that would not have been used after 1945. This detail, along with the other historical features captured on the map, make the 'Pianta di Milano' a fascinating document, offering insights into the city's history, its urban development, and the political climate of the time. It is a remarkable testament to Milan's past, and a valuable addition to any collection of historical maps.

  • Neighbourhoods
  • Via Pallavicino
  • Piazza Duomo
  • San Marco

  • Major Streets

  • C.so del Littorio

  • Historic Landmarks

  • San Marco Church
  • Piazza Duomo

  • Historical Events

  • Dismissal of the freight depot in Via Pallavicino in 1934
  • The project for C.so del Littorio near Piazza Duomo during the Fascist era
  • The filling in of the San Marco Canal and Lake in 1935

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