Milan red M1 Metro Line - What places can I go to? Where does it take me? - Milan's "Shopping Line"

Your Personal Guide to Milan's red M1 Metro Line:

The red M1 Metro line is Milan's "Shopping Line" - Milan's first ever Metro line; it links the largest industrial suburb in Italy, directly to Milan's centre at the Piazza del Duomo, home of Milan Cathedral, along which the masses can find a million ways to spend their money: running the length of Corso Buenos Aires (candidate for the world's longest shopping street), and past the popular shopping destinations of Porta Venezia, San Babila, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by the side of Milan Cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo, as well as Corso Vercelli.

Map of Milan red M1 Metro Line to popular shopping destinations
The red M1 Metro, the "Shopping Metro Line" that can take you to Milan's leading shopping destinations at Corso Buenos Aires (candidate for the world's longest shopping street), Porta Venezia, San Babila, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Italy's grandest and oldest shopping mall at the Piazza del Duomo, as well as Corso Vercelli. SEE the special Milanfinally Google Map of Milan Shopping.

The red M1 Metro Line was Milan's first in 1964, and is still the second longest in the system.

The idea of Milan's first Metro line was to connect "one of the largest and most extensive concentrations of industry in Italy" - what was in effect its northern suburb of Sesto San Giovanni - to the centre of the city right at the Piazza del Duomo itself, home to Milan Cathedral; and then generally westwards to connect with Cadorna railway station terminus that serves regional and suburban destinations to the north of Milan (the first and only railway station to be connected with the MI Metro Line); and then to the trade fair grounds at a Metro station simply named "Fiera" (but now renamed Amendola which is the name of the piazza it is under, after the geographical focus for the trade fair company, Fiera Milano, moved north); after which the line immediately terminated at a Metro station under the large Piazzale Lotto.

Milan red M1 Metro Line
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Sesto San Giovanni: Sesto Primo Maggio FS, Sesto Rondo, Sesto Marelli, then along Via Monza

The reputation of Sesto San Giovanni (so named being six miles north of Milan) can be seen in its nicknames as the "Stalingrad of Italy" and as "Little Manchester". It has always been important as it is on the path between Milan and its nearest other city: Monza, only about 9 miles or 15 km northeast of Milan. The second railway line in all of Italy, after one in Naples, was built to link Milan to Monza (1840), with a stop in Sesto San Giovanni; and again in 1876, Sesto San Giovanni was on Milan's first tramway, also between Milan and Monza.

Even today, as the M1 Metro Line moves southwards from Sesto San Giovanni towards one of Milan's busiest piazzas at Piazzale Loreto (just northeast of Milano Centrale), it does so along the road known as Via Monza.

Sesto San Giovanni has three M1 Metro stops: the original Sesto Marelli stop, and then the further northward extension in 1986 to Sesto Rondo and ultimately to Sesto Primo Maggio FS Metro Station (these last two stops require a higher fare). It is at Sesto Primo Maggio where the M1 line finally meets up with regional and suburban railway lines which have been running in the same general northerly direction but to the west of the M1 line. Interchange can be made with these northern regional and suburban lines (S7, S8, S9 and S11) even if the setting is already rather distant and suburban. A further northward two-station extension is expected to open in 2016: Sesto Restellone, and finally reaching the southern bounds of Monza itself at Monza Bettola.

Along Corso Buenos Aires, Loreto, Lima, Porta Venezia

When the red M1 Metro line reaches the busy Piazzale Loreto (also an important interchange with the green M2 Metro Line - SEE the article on Piazzale Loreto), it is at the northern end of Milan's candidate for the world's longest shopping street, the Corso Buenos Aires. The M1 line then follows under the Corso Buenos Aires for its entirety, to its southern end at another lively shopping and dining destination, Porta Venezia, with an intermediate stop halfway along Corso Buenos Aires at Lima Metro Station.

Along Corso Venezia, Palestro, San Babila and Quadrilatero della Moda famous for fashion

Once Corso Buenos Aires crosses the external ring road at Porta Venezia and continues southwest as Corso Venezia, the red M1 Metro line follows along this road as well, all the way until Corso Venezia ends at the historical Piazza San Babila (with an intermediate stop at Palestro). The San Babila area is yet another featured focus of shopping in Milan, as well as being one corner of Milan's famed haven of high fashion, the Quadrilatero della Moda, and is at one end of the Quadrilatero's most famous street, the Via Montenapoleon.

Duomo, Cordusio, Cairoli

One quick turn to the west after San Babila, and the M1 line reaches the heart of Milan at Duomo Metro Station, site of Milan Cathedral. There is plenty of attractive shopping around the Duomo area, not least of which is Italy's grandest and oldest shopping mall (1887), with the most exclusive brands - the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the crown of Italian shopping right in the central heart of Milan right next to the Piazza del Duomo - covered in elegant glass arches, a huge glass dome in the centre, and a massive triumphal arch at its entrance with the piazza.

Between Duomo Station and Cadorna Station are the busy hubs of Cordusio and Cairoli.

Cadorna interchange

Cadorna Railway Station is an important terminal station for regional and suburban S1 & S4 services to the north, including being one terminus for the direct airport Malpensa Express service. The Cadorna M1 Metro Station under the railway station also allows an interchange with the green M2 Metro Line where you can go to places in the south such as the Navigli area from the Porta Genova M2 Metro Station, or towards the northeast and such important Metro stations as Garibaldi and Centrale.

Conciliazone, Pagano, nearby is Corso Vercelli

After Cadorna Station, to the west, are the M1 Metro stops of Conciliazione (Da Vinci's Last Supper at Santa Maria della Grazie can be found between the stations of Cadorna and Conciliazione) and Pagano. Both the Metro stations of Conciliazione and Pagano may be use to access the increasingly fashionable shopping street of Corso Vercelli (which actually continues almost all the way to the next station at Wagner with the specialist shoe stores of Via Belfiore) that runs parallel to the M1 line just 200m away to the south.

West fork of the M1 Metro Line to Bisceglie terminus

It is at Pagano that the M1 line begins its fork towards westerly suburbs of Milan (first stop is the very lively Piazza Wagner that includes Milan's oldest and largest permanent community market). In 1966, two years after the start of M1 services, this was the very first extension to Milan's then single line Metro system. In 1975, this fork was extended in continuation to the Inganni M1 Metro Station; and only in 1992 was it extended for one more stop to its present terminus at Bisceglie.

Buonarotti, Amendola, Lotto (Fieramilanocity)

The original red M1 Metro Line turned northwest after Pagano, going to  (after the intermediate stop of Buonarotti) what was then an important stop of the trade fair grounds at "Fiera" Metro Station (renamed just to the name of the piazza, "Amendola", after the geographical focus for Fiera Milano moved north); and then to the large Piazzale Lotto, which in 2015 became a host to an interchange with a new extension to the lilac M5 line that continues to its new western terminus at the football-famous San Siro Stadium nearby.

Northwestern extensions all the way to Rho Fiera, home of Expo Milano

Far-reaching northwest extensions to that fork of the red M1 line continued in stages throughout the '70s and '80s until the northwest fork reached Molino Dorino in 1986. The move of focus by Fiera Milano to its new northwest trade fair grounds in 2005 was matched with the opening of the last extension to this northwest fork to Pero and then the Rho Fiera M1 Metro Station that serves these Fieramilano facilities (these last two stops require a higher fare).

Milan Metro geographical map of lines and stations
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For further information, click to SEE the detailed articles:

- Shopping streets & areas all over Milan

Milan's public transport system - Tickets; what to buy, how to buy, how to use on ATM's network of Metro trains, trams and buses

- Red M1 Metro Line - Milan's "Shopping Line" (this page)

- Green M2 Metro Line - the only Metro line for the Navigli area at Porta Genova

- Yellow M3 Metro Line - the only Metro line to Porta Romana

- Lilac M5 Metro Line - the newest and most convenient way to get to the San Siro Stadium

- Tram routes through central downtown - there are circular routes too

- Tram 16, the traditional way to reach San Siro Stadium

- Milano Centrale Station & transport connections

- Best restaurants to try and the worst to avoid, inside Milano Centrale

- Porta Garibaldi Station with famous Corso Como - transport connections to Milan's second most important train station and the most important one for suburban commuter traffic

- Milan's Outer West and the San Siro Stadium - Metro, trams and the four bus routes that connect to San Siro Stadium


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