Milan celebrates the opening of the two metro stops Isola and Garibaldi with a weekend of music, handcraft and art performances in the area  “Isola”.

M5 stops

metro line 5 “lilla” stops

Have you ever heard of the famous London Tube Tour? Well, in Milan it hasn’t started yet, but no doubt it will one day. You can take your personal “Purple Line” tour on Saturday night, 1st march, when the two new stations Isola and Garibaldi of the brand new metro line will be inaugurated and the underground will stay open until 2 am.

metro line 5 "lilla" @ milan

Multiple events are scheduled for the next weekend in the area around the new metro stations Isola-Garibaldi. Creative and sport activities will keep children busy for the whole weekend in Via Volturno and on Cavalcavia Bussa, and adults can spend two good days of fun too! Among other things: the temporary exhibition of historical bycicles (from 1 pm on Saturday in Via de Castilla 26), the capoeira show (Saturday 5.30 pm, Via Volturno), the video installation on “sustainable mobility” (Saturday 7-9 pm, Via de Castilla), the acrobatic dance performance by the Kataklo Company (Saturday 9 pm, Piazza Gae Aulenti), the guided tours of Teatro Verdi (Saturday and Sunday afternoon), the clown show (Sunday 3pm Via Boltraffio), the swing live show (Sunday 4.30 pm, Via Boltraffio), the handcraft market (Sunday, all day, Via Borsieri).
Due to be finished before EXPO 2015, the line 5 of the Milan Underground will be composed of 19 stations and will be 12,8 km long. Apparently, about 15 thousand people per hour will be traveling by the purple trains, so reducing the use of private car of 5 millions transfer per year. According to the Kyoto agreement, for each tree that will be removed  during the construction works, 3 trees will be transplanted in the city. Last but not least, this is the first line in Milan to be served by automatic train, and this is kind of fun too!

See you next weekend in the neighborhood….or somewhere, underground.

(www.metro-5.com and www.comune.milano.it; photos by Stefano Stabile through wikipedia)