A charming Art Nouveau square dedicated to D'Annunzio’s muse

piazza duse

Piazza Duse is located just off Corso Venezia and in front of Indro Montanelli Park, that you can easily reach from Palestro Metro Station on the red line M1. In front of the Museum of Natural History, located in the middle of the public gardens, you can admire an arch designed between 1926 and 1930 by architect Piero Portaluppi for the imposing Palace of the Società Buonarroti-Carpaccio-Giotto. Beyond the arch and walking along Via Tommaso Salvini, you find yourself in another dimension, immersed in the peace of the so-called ‘quadrilateral of silence’, one of the most exclusive areas of Milan, in the charming little Art Nouveau square Eleonora Duse. This square dedicated to the great artist of Italian drama, also known for being the muse of Gabriele D’Annunzio, is a little gem overlooked by elegant and austere buildings in Art Nouveau style with their facades decorated with friezes, statues and balconies.

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