The development work is located in the north-west urban sector of Milan, in the Farini - San Crstoforo zone, a semi-central district, close to the Monumental Cemetery and Porta Garibaldi Station. It includes the railway hub, which will be partly resized.
The Farini yard, of exceptional dimensions, historically constitutes a strong break along the north-west urban axis between the districts of via Cenisio-Mac Mahon and Isola. The yard is located in an urban area subject to strong transformations, along an axis that goes from Porta Nuova, through the “Stazione” Garibaldi and the yard to the Bovisa area and the new projects for the Expo area. This is an area that has strong metropolitan (SFR Lancetti stop) and urban (MM5Cenisio stop) accessibility, but presents problems of local accessibility, also because of its proximity to the Monumental Cemetery, which defines its south-eastern border, and in the complex north-western border, represented by the Bacula flyover and Piazzale Lugano. The presence of the Lancetti stop of the SFR service is an element that can play an important role in the localisation logic of attractive activities that generate flows from large areas. The area, due to its large size, can host innovation services for craft and manufacturing activities, but also functions and public services, as well as a significant share of rented accommodation at affordable prices. Underground structures of the Passante can be reused for the construction of underground car parks, near the SFR Lancetti stop.
The development area is located in the Municipality of Milan (1,337,155 inhabitants), capital of the Province of the same name (3,196,825 inhabitants) and in the Lombardy Region (10,002,615 inhabitants). It is the second largest city in Italy, after the capital Rome in terms of resident population. The regeneration work is within the perimeter of the Farini railway hub, adjacent to the Porta Garibaldi Station, located in the city’s north-west quarter, in a semi-central zone, near to Via Valtellina, Via dell’Aprica and the Monumental Cemetery. The zone has excellent vehicular accessibility via the main roads Viale E. Jenner and Via C. Farini, and is well served by over-ground public transport, by lines 2 and 5 of the underground light railways with the “Garibaldi FS” stop. The zone is also served by the railway infrastructure with the “Milano Lancetti” underground railway link (3 stops from the Expo) situated close to the area, in which the Trenord S1-S2-S5-S-6-S13 suburban lines pass, and with the “Milano Porta Garibaldi” railway station, through which Regional and suburban lines are channelled.