Milano Centrale today
Milano Centrale in this historical moment is a meeting point for the whole Milanese skate community and, in the last twenty years, it has entered the international tour circuit, thanks to numerous European and American skaters who have identified it as an ideal place for skateboarding.
This is because Centrale, in recent years, has become much more skate friendly than other spots. The ledge and the gap, in particular, have been taken as a technical benchmark for a rider, so they come from all over Europe to skate and film their best trick.
Milano Centrale, an inclusive community
In Milan until the early 90s, there was Piazzetta Borromeo. Then, also due to some restoration works in the square adjacent to the Central Station, the Milanese skaters converted to this new spot. Since then, 25 years have passed and therefore, obviously, there has been an organic turnover; this is because the little boy who passes by or who arrives there by bus or train, or gets dropped off by his parents, recognises in that place the meeting point of his afternoons. Continuity is not given by an organised word of mouth or by official communication, social media and so on, but it is based on presence and physicality: Milano Centrale continues to exist because there is always someone who goes skateboarding and because it’s an inclusive community, if you see five skaters you stop there too. When I say inclusive community, I mean a group of people always evolving, who manage to aggregate going beyond the differences between generations, of origin and gender and who always manage to recognise themselves through their passion for skateboarding for this now historic place.