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Milan Off the Beaten Path Tour

Discover surprising churches, browse in shops and find Roman ruins in this neighborhood south of the Duomo
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Milan’s blockbuster sights, for the most part, lie north and west of the Duomo and its large piazza, so most visitors head in those... more »

Tips:  The tour begins only a few steps from Piazza del Duomo, easy to find, since it is the hub for many public transport lines, including... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Santa Maria presso San Satiro

This church just off Piazza Duomo may seem unremarkable at first entering, but looks are deceiving. Especially here in this first known work by Donato Bramante.

Walk down the central aisle of the nave and notice the long choir that extends behind the altar, its pillars echoing those of the nave. Walk right up to the altar at the center of the... More

Pellegrino Tibaldi, who had already built a church in Milan for the powerful Cardinal Borromeo, was commissioned to design this church as an offering in thanks for Milan’s deliverance from the plague in the late 1500s. The interior is round, rising to a huge dome whose interior is covered in a painting by Comerio. It’s not Milan’s most art-filled ... More

With windows filled with high fashion at prices way below those at the uber-expensive Quadrilatero designer shops, Via Torino offers shopping for the rest of us.

Sixteen centuries of changes have not obscured the original layout of this church, and its 4th-century plan is still visible. Chapels surround a circular central space, a typical arrangement of early Christian basilica design. More of its early appearance shows in the chapel of Sant'Aquilino, on the right near the entrance, where the original... More

5. Roman Colonnade

In the 4th and 5th centuries, Milan (Mediolanum then) was capital of the Roman Empire, but not much of its Roman heritage remains. In front of San Lorenzo lie the best of these Roman remains, 16 columns from a 2nd-century building, possibly a temple or a public bath. These were moved and erected here in the 4th century, possibly at the time San... More

Also begun in the 4th century, Sant’Ambrogio incorporates so much history and art that it seems as much a museum as a place of worship. Named for the local saint who founded it (and is also the city’s patron saint), the church has seen many later additions -- a monastery in the 8th century, bell towers in the 9th and 12th, and a large portico in... More

7. Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci (Science Museum)

Although the labels and explanations on the museum’s vast exhibits are in Italian, the Leonardo da Vinci Gallery doesn’t need much in the way of explanation. It is filled with his drawings and documents, as well as models, all very self-explanatory and many hands-on.

Also here is the Museo Navale with a fine collection of ship models, and the... More