Milan yellow M3 Metro Line: What places can I go to? Where does it take me? - Directly between Centrale and Duomo; and the only Metro line to Porta Romana

The yellow M3 Metro Line is the only Metro line that  directly connects the two extremely important points on the map of Milan: Milano Centrale and Milan Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo), along the Piazza della Repubblica - Montenapoleone axis; before heading to the southeastern districts of Milan, passing through Porta Romana on the inner ring road.

Porta Romana Metro Station underground entrance for the yellow M3 line with historical Spanish Wall in background of this Google Streetview
Image from a Google Streetview showing the underground entrances to the Porta Romana M3 Metro Station with a stop for Tram 9 by its side and the best preserved piece of Milan's old 16th century "Spanish Walls" in the background (the circle of roads following the old path of these last walls of Milan is known as the Inner Ring Road). The yellow M3 line is the only Metro services that serves the Porta Romana area, which is comfortable, affluent and a leisure destination for some - read further below. You can also go to the original interactive Google Streetview.

Your Personal Guide to Milan's yellow M3 Metro Line:

The Metro M3 line (yellow) - running from north to the southeast of the city - is a very important one in Milan. It is one of only two Metro lines (the other is the red M1) that pass through Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Milan, and site of Milan Cathedral; and also one of only two Metro lines (the other is the green M2) that pass under Milano Centrale, Milan's biggest and busiest railway station and its most important gateway for national and international visitors. It will also take you to such important stations as Zara (change for lilac M5 Metro line), Repubblica (change for suburban commuter lines along the "Passante", including the line to the World Expo at Rho Fiera), Montenapoleon, and in the southeast: Porta Romana.

Milan yellow M3 Metro Line
Image Credit: See also Milan Metro in Wikipedia.

Northern communities of Comasina and Affori, through Zara, and down to Centrale

- Metro line M3 (yellow) begins in the north of Milan at Comasina, which is mostly a small planned community of public housing.

- South of Comasina is the town of Affori, now part of Milan, which has two M3 stops. It is the M3 Affori FN Station, in the north of Affori, that is connected with Milano Affori railway station, and affords interchange with three Trenord operated lines: S2 and S4 suburban commuter trains running to the north, and the Trenord line that runs north all the way to the foothills of the Alps, going through Seveso, Erba and eventually ending at Asso. Affori is also known for having an old large park which are the grounds for the venerable 17th century Villa Litta, making this park even older than the oldest in the centre of Milan, the Giardini Pubblici at Porta Venezia. Given that there were 14th century ruins on the property of an earlier villa belonging to an ancient archbishop, these peaceful grounds are ancient indeed.

Dergano, with "one of the biggest concentration of designers" and craftsmen.

Maciachini located on the external ring road of Milan.

- Zara Metro Station where interchange with the lilac M5 Metro line can be made.

- Sandrio M3 Metro Station which is next to the Crowne Plaza 4-star business hotel.

- Centrale FS Metro Station, under Milano Centrale Station, Milan's biggest and busiest railway station and its most important gateway for national and international visitors. Interchange with the green M2 Metro line can be made here.

Repubblica, Montenapoleone, Duomo, Missori

The first station from M3 Centrale FS towards the centre is the Repubblica M3 Station, connected to the Milano Repubblica Station which is part of the central backbone of the "Passante" suburban railway system formed by as many as five lines of the suburban commuter "F" lines running along this one central stretch: S1, S2, S5, S6 and S13 (and so, direct access to the Expo grounds at Rho Fiera). Interchange between M3 and these 5 lines is available at Repubblica. (This five-line central backbone of the "Passante" system traverses the built-up area of Milan city from its southeastern edge at Porta Vittoria, heading northwest across the city all the way through Lancetti one further stop north of Porta Garibaldi.)

One stop before the M3 Metro line reaches the Duomo, is the M3 Montenapoleon Station, at the head of Via Monte Napoleon, the most prestigious of the fashion label streets that make up Milan's famed Quadrilatero della Moda (SEE all the flagship brand stores here on the special Milanfinally Google Map of Shopping in Milan).  At the central Duomo station, site of Milan Cathedral, interchange can be made with red M1 Metro line. Missori is the first station after Duomo, and there are a number of historical buildings in this district that house the University of Milan.

Straight line to the southeast: Porta Romana, Lodi, and ultimately Rogoredo and San Donato

The M3 Metro line then changes direction and begins to head in a straight line southeast, under the Corso di Porta Romana to the ancient Porta Romana (now a comfortable and affluent district for your pleasure) in the southeastern corner of what used to be the Spanish Walls encircling Milan (now the path of the inner ring road - some of the best preserved and most extensive examples of the old city walls are at Porta Romana), and ultimately to its terminal in San Donato, over 6 km from the city centre.

The station after Porta Romana is Lodi - situated on the external ring road - where it is possible to interchange with the S9 suburban train line. The second to last stop on the M3, Rogoredo, is probably more important than its terminus at San Donato (known for being the headquarters for the Italian mega oil state-corporation, Eni), because it is connected to the Milano Rogoredo railway station. Milano Rogoredo railway station is one stop southeast of Porta Vittoria station on the "Passante" system (the rail tracks at Rogoredo are above-ground, while it is at Porta Vittoria that the "Passante" descends underground, emerging once again above the built-up city only at Milano Porta Garibaldi Station after passing three underground "Passante" stations in between - Dateo, Porta Venezia, Repubblica), and Rogoredo serves three of those suburban "S" lines: S13, S1, and is the terminus for S2. Milano Rogoredo railway station is also a stop for national services including high-speed trains before those trains enter Milan proper.

Milan Metro geographical map of lines and stations
Click on the picture to expand, or click the following link to go to the Wikipedia page on the Milan Metro, or go to the interactive Google Map with Milan Metro lines.

For further information, click to SEE the detailed articles:

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"

- 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 (this page)

- 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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