Just north of Milan’s Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a popular park known as Piazza della Scala, named for the city’s famous Teatro alla Scala opera house directly opposite this piazza. It’s a place of space and refuge in a busy and crowded area of the city. Other buildings on the Piazza include Palazzo Marino (Milan’s city hall) and Palazzo della Banca Commerciale Italiana.
To me the most interesting feature of the square was situated at its center, where a thoughtful monument of Leonardo da Vinci sits. It was crafted by sculptor Pietro Magni (1872). Milan was Leonardo’s home for much of his early adult life — likely the most productive in his life — and the city proudly remembers it’s adopted son.
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