Maggiolina offers a special life experience, transcending the metropolitan aspect. With authentic beauty, a varied and fascinating atmosphere, this neighborhood boasts ample green spaces such as the Cassina de Pomm Garden and enchanting Liberty-style villas. In addition, the convenience of transportation connections and numerous services add exceptional value to this charming residential area.

The neighborhood and the area

Initially, the boundaries of Maggiolina were delimited by Via Melchiorre Gioia, Via Stresa, Via Timavo, and Via Muzio. The neighborhood owes its name to a farmstead called “La Maggiolina”, situated along the banks of the Seveso River, whose history dates back to 1600. Demolished in the 1920s, today it is only present in the name of “Via della Maggiolina”.

Despite the many constructions carried out since the 1960s, which have extended the boundaries of Maggiolina to include the old “Villaggio dei Giornalisti”, the Maggiolina neighborhood in Milan has always preserved its authentic identity: an oasis of peace and tranquility immersed in greenery. Here, small condominiums and low-rise buildings are interspersed with splendid villas with private gardens.

It is the ideal environment for those who want to enjoy the benefits of city life without having to face the confusion of crowded condominiums, traffic, public transportation, and crowds. The commercial heart of the area is represented by Via Cagliero. The neighborhood offers schools, restaurants, all major services and is well connected to the rest of the city thanks to public transport by bus, tram, Metro 3 and 5.

Nearby neighborhoods and main distances from the main points of interest

Bicocca, Niguarda
Precotto, Turro
Pasteur, Rovereto
Centrale, Repubblica
Affori, Bovisa
Cenisio, Sarpi, Isola

20 min by car, 13 min by public transport

Sforzesco Castle:
15 min by car, 15 min by public transport

Milan Cadorna:
15 min by car, 15 min by public transport

Central Station:
5 min by car, 8 min by public transport

Milan Malpensa Airport:
40 min by car, 1h by public transport

Milan Linate Airport:
20 min by car, 50 min by public transport


Line 3 (Zara stop, Sondrio)
Line 5 (Marche stop, Istria)

Well connected by both trams and buses

Close to the Central Station

25 minutes from the A1 and A7, 20 minutes from the A4 and A8, 20 minutes from the Eastern ring road, 30 minutes from the Western ring road, 20 minutes from the Northern ring road

Villa Mirabello

Villa Mirabello is a historic villa located in the Maggiolina neighborhood of Milan. The villa was built in the 17th century by the Mirabello family and was later purchased by the Municipality of Milan in 1922.

Today, Villa Mirabello is home to the Civic Museum of Natural History and the Civic Museum of Contemporary History. The villa is an impressive building with a Baroque-style façade. The interior of the villa is rich in frescoes and decorations, and it houses a library, conference room, auditorium, and a series of exhibition rooms.

The Civic Museum of Natural History is one of the most important natural history museums in Italy. It houses a collection of over 2 million specimens, including fossils, minerals, animals, and plants. The museum is open to the public and offers a series of educational and entertainment activities.

The Civic Museum of Contemporary History is a museum dedicated to the history of Milan from the 19th century to the present day. The museum houses a collection of over 100,000 objects, including documents, photographs, films, and military uniforms. The museum is open to the public and offers a series of educational and entertainment activities. Villa Mirabello is a place rich in history and culture, and represents an important reference point for the city of Milan.

The "Village of Journalists" and the characteristic igloo houses

The “Il Villaggio dei Giornalisti” is a residential complex in Milan that was built after World War II to house families displaced by bombings. The neighborhood features both public housing and row houses but also hosts an original series of igloo houses, designed by engineer Mario Cavallè.

The igloo houses were built in 1946 and were originally 12 in total, but only 8 remain due to a fire that destroyed 4 of them in 1950. They are made of reinforced concrete and have a semicircular shape with a diameter of about 6 meters and a height of about 4 meters. They were originally designed as a temporary housing solution but are still inhabited by some families today.

The houses are highly appreciated by their inhabitants because they are warm and comfortable and offer a panoramic view of the city. The igloo houses are one of the most curious attractions of “Il Villaggio dei Giornalisti” and are a symbol of the creativity and ingenuity of Italian architects in the postwar period.

The Naviglio Martesana

The Naviglio Martesana is an artificial canal that links Milan to the Adda river. It was built in the fifteenth century to transport goods and people, and is now one of the main tourist attractions in the city.

The Naviglio Martesana is approximately 38 kilometers long and passes through the municipalities of Trezzo sull’Adda, Cassano d’Adda, Liscate, Pessano con Bornago, Gorgonzola, Bussero, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Cinisello Balsamo, and Milan. It is an ideal place for walking, jogging, cycling, or boating. Along the canal, there are numerous parks, villas, and gardens, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature.

The Naviglio Martesana is also rich in history and culture. There are several monuments, churches, and museums along the canal that tell the story of Lombardy and Milan. It’s a fascinating and unique place that offers visitors an unforgettable experience.

Listen to episode 3 of the podcast "This is My Milano: Neighborhood Tales" for a story about the Maggiolina neighborhood.

Giorgio Terruzzi takes us on a tour of Maggiolina, a neighborhood in Milan known for its famous street, Via Gluck, where Adriano Celentano was born. In 1966, “il Molleggiato” sang about how where there was once grass, there is now a city, amazed by the proliferation of so many concrete buildings, especially those of rationalist style, including Villa Palafitta built by Luigi Figini.

In this episode, they stroll through the heart of the neighborhood, Villaggio dei Giornalisti, a residential complex built in 1911, originally inhabited mostly by editors of Corriere della Sera. They continue observing numerous newly-built buildings and ancient structures such as Cascina delle Mele, where Marianna spent her childhood before entering a convent and inspiring the character of the nun of Monza to Alessandro Manzoni.

Also joining Terruzzi are architect Luca Piatti and Martesana pastry shop founder Vincenzo Santoro. This is my Milano is a project aimed at promoting the neighborhoods of Milan through concrete support for the territory and authentic content aimed at revealing lesser-known places and stories of the city.

"This is My Milan: Neighborhood Tales"
Episode 3: Journalists and Cream Puffs.

Welcome to Maggiolina, where well-being lives with you. It's a place that harmoniously adapts to your rhythm while offering an ideal environment to live and work better.

Living, studying, and working in Milan

Milan is a city with many faces, looking towards the future while keeping an eye on the past. Historic courtyards and lively bars blend with the impressive skyline of skyscrapers, creating a unique urban fabric that combines past and present.

Home to numerous museums, theaters, and historic monuments that testify to its long and glorious history, Milan is a very lively city with a rich cultural and social life and hosts numerous events and exhibitions that attract people from all over the world. Always in a state of constant change, it looks to the future with optimism.

An important economic, financial, and cultural center in Europe, Milan offers many job and study opportunities. It can be a very welcoming and hospitable city, offering its inhabitants a high quality of life. If you’re looking for a city that has a bit of everything, Milan is the right city for you.

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