This elegant metal structure, 108.6 m high, was built by Gio Ponti, Cesare Chiodi and Ettore Ferrari between January and August 1933 as a part of the Triennale
Its top platform 97 m high, which in the beginning was a restaurant but for safety reasons can no longer host seats and tables, is still a unique place to see Milan from above
. There's a video
on the CiaoMilano Facebook page.
The tower was closed in 1972. Its restoration - courtesy of the famous Milanese liquor distillery, Fratelli Branca - began in 1985 and has been recently completed. Since February 2002 the tower is officially open year-round.
Through mid-October 2016, the Torre Branca has the following opening times
Tue 3-7pm and 8:30pm-midnight;
Wed 10:30am-12:30pm, 3-7pm and 8:30pm-midnight;
Thu 3-7pm and 8:30pm-midnight;
Fri 3-7pm and 8:30pm-midnight;
Sat 10:30am-2pm, 2:30-7:30pm and 8:30pm-midnight;
Sun 10:30am-2pm, 2:30-7:30pm and 8:30pm-midnight.
With bad weather, the tower may close down.