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Italy's tallest building

Milan's Torre Garibaldi becomes the highest, amid controversy
(issue no. 151/2011 / October 27, 2011)

Stretching 230 metres high, the Torre Garibaldi in Milan's Porta Nuova area was recently named the country's tallest structure. With its 78-metre, 500-tonne antenna, the Torre Garibaldi, built by Unicredit, Italy's second largest bank, casts a shadow longer than that of the Palazzo Lombardia, headquarters of the Region of Lombardy.

 

With its antenna, the Torre Garibaldi, located 10 kilometres from the seat of the Lombardy Region, is four times taller than the Leaning tower of Pisa and twice as tall as Milan's Cathedral.

In an official press release, however, the Region of Lombardy reminded the nation that the Palazzo Lombardia is the tallest building in Italy, as the usable space of the Torre Garibaldi measures just 158 metres and it has just 32 storeys.

 

‘The tallest building in Italy remains Palazzo Lombardia at 161.4 metres, which has more usable office space than the tower [made] by Cesar Pelli,' the architect who also designed the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur.

 

The Lombardy Region will continue to offer free tours to the building's 39th floor, Milan's highest lookout point.

 

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