Torre Branca

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View from the Torre, looking south east to the Sforza Castle (in the foregroung) and the Duomo (in the background)

Torre Branca ("Branca Tower") is an iron panoramic tower located in Parco Sempione, the main city park of Milan, Italy. It is 108.6 m high, which makes it the sixst highest structure in Milan after Tower Cesar Pelli A (231 m), Palazzo Lombardia (161 m), Pirellone or Pirelli Tower (127 m) and the Breda Tower (116 m). The top of the tower is a popular panoramic point; on a clear day, the view may encompass the Milan cityline as well as the Alps, the Apennines, and part of the Po Valley.

History[edit]

The tower was designed by architect Gio Ponti and inaugurated in 1933, in the Fascist era; it was originally named "Torre Littoria" after fascio littorio, i.e., the fasces. After World War II it was renamed "Torre del Parco" ("park tower"). In 1972, access to the top of the tower was closed as the structure needed restoring. It was restructured in 2002 by the Branca liquor company, and thus renamed Torre Branca. Since 2002 it is again open to the public.


Coordinates: 45°28′24″N 9°10′22″E / 45.47333°N 9.17278°E / 45.47333; 9.17278