If Corso Venezia is so called it is because Porta Venezia is situated right on the route to that city, Corso di Porta Romana because, through the Roman Gate, the street went to Rome, surely you cannot believe that Via Moscova leads directly to Moscow. So why this Russian sounding name?
Once upon a time Via Moscova was called Via Santa Teresa, but Napoleon Bonaparte decided to change the name in memory of a bloody battle fought by the Grand Army during the Russian campaign of 1812, where the Italians demonstrated their value.
Today there are several reasons why you can find yourself walking along this street that from Via Daniele Manin, crossing Piazza Stati Uniti d’America, arrives in Piazzale Biancamano: some wish to never have to go there since this is where the headquarters of the Internal Revenue of Lombardy are; on the other hand many love going there because of the many bars and restaurants for all tastes. From luxury restaurants to traditional taverns, everyone can find a way to have fun.
It is no coincidence that at the corner of Via Moscova is Largo Foppa – from foppa (ie ‘hole’) since once this was a slump – that now is the pedestrian temple of Milan’s nightlife.
Continuing along Via Moscova is the Church of Sant’Angelo and the adjoining Franciscan Convent of Friars Minor. The church, with a simple façade, has in its courtyard an octagonal fountain of sulfur water, also known by the Milanesi as “rotten o putrid water”.
But above all in Via Moscova is the Mediateca Santa Teresa, located in the former church of Santa Teresa, where the National Library Braidense is hosted: a place of information and cutting edge training, intended for a demanding public that, besides the traditional information sources, wants to benefit from digital documents, essential to keep up with the times.