Autumn and foliage in Milan – city guide
The municipality of Milan prepared a guide to experience the best places to see fall leaves, the so called “foliage”.
What are we talking about? The word “foliage” comes from Old French feuillage, from feuille leaf, from Latin folium.
The English version, foliage, is preferred over the Italian word “fogliame”. In fact, it doesn’t carry the same evocative and synthetic meaning.
The technicians call it ‘autumn chromatism’, for everyone, simply, is ‘when the leaves change colour’ in the autumn.
Some consider it to be the most incredible time of the year. Gorgeous colours vibrantly encoring the end of summer as the trees prepare winter.
“Foliage” means that spontaneous phenomenon that characterizes especially some species of trees whose leaves gradually changes colour from green to yellow, orange, red and finally brown with subsequent fall to the ground.
The Municipality of Milan, whose stock of trees has about 260 thousand specimens, collected in a list the most spectacular views and intensely coloured tree species.
Here’s the 20 must see places:
- Viale Lazio / avenue Cyrene: Tilia platyphyllos rows (lime);
- Via Sant’Elia corner via Osma: Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo), solitary specimen;
- Via Alberto da Giussano: row of Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum);
- Via Lazzaro Papi / Via Tiraboschi: rows of Acer platanoides (Norway maple);
- Via Saccardo 40: Parrotia persica (isolated specimen);
- Villa Garden Belgiojoso Bonaparte via Palestro: Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) next to the pond;
- Via Zubiani 1 (municipal nursery): metasequoia (dawn redwood), solitary specimen;
- Largo La Foppa: Rhus typhina (sumac) near the entrance to the subway;
- Piazza De Angeli: Koelreuteria paniculata (tree of Chinese lamps);
- Viale Enrico Fermi near via Iseo: Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo);
- Via Zubiani (municipal nursery): rows of Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree);
- Via Trenno / cable Hippodrome (parking); Quercus palustris (marsh oak), solitary specimen;
- Via Park Chekhov-Omodeo-Kant: Quercus palustris (marsh oak);
- Public Gardens (Giardini Montanelli): 1. Ginkgo biloba group near the kindergarten ‘Montemerlo’; 2. Ginkgo biloba group near the entrance to the Piazza Cavour; 3. Taxodium distichum group along the banks of the pond;
- Parco Sempione: 1. the entire ‘telescope’ that visually connects the Piazza del Cannone Arco della Pace; 2. Parrotia persica group on the left of this telescope, near the pond; 3. row of Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ to one of the inputs from Viale Gadio / Civic Aquarium;
- Garden of the Villa Comunale: solitary specimen of Platanus x hybrida (one of the oldest specimens of Milan) within the garden, along the boundary wall;
- Via Santa Sofia: row of Liriodendron tulipifera;
- Borsieri Via and Via Alberto da Giussano: Liquidambar styraciflua rows;
- Via Maratta: row of Gleditschia triacanthos;
- Via Piccinni: row of Ginkgo biloba.
For more information about Italian woods and foliage, we also recommend the suggestions collected from Touring Club Italiano.
(Photos by Andrea Scuratti)