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Via Torino to the Basilicas

Discover one of Milan's loveliest neighborhoods, where history, art, faith and recreation meet
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Begin a journey to discover one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Milan.
Here we point out some of the most important attractions,... more »

Tips:  Begin this walking tour with Peck (via Spadari 9, tel. 0039-02-8023161, www.peck.it), a gastronomical city institution for more than a... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro

A window onto the Renaissance can be found just a stone’s throw away from the Duomo: at the very beginning of via Torino, on the left (immediately after via Speronari) stands the Church of Santa Maria in San Satiro (late 1400s), built over a pre-existing Basilica from the 9th Century.
Once entering inside this little church, so lovely and... More

2. Francesco Messina Studio Museum

The Francesco Messina Studio Museum is a church, a museum, and a treasure chest bursting with works of art.
Arriving at the end of via Torino, take via San Sisto (on your right), where you will find the 17th-Century church of the same name, erected on a foundation that dates back to the Lombard era.
The building, by now deconsecrated, holds... More

At the end of via Torino, before corso di Porta Ticinese, is a road widening known as Carrobbio.
It is possible that the name derives from the Latin "quadrivium" (it means the intersection of four streets). Or it could be from the word "carrus", meaning cart or wagon: here, wagons could reverse and make what in the modern day ... More

4. via Gian Giacomo Mora

This street takes its name from a citizen, who was a victim of one of the saddest periods in Milanese history.
In 1630, the city was hit by a plague epidemic that killed thousands.
Gian Giacomo Mora, a barber by profession, began to produce an ointment, that seemed to him a protection against contagion.
The authorities accused him of being an... More

5. Columns of San Lorenzo

Now we find ourselves facing the most famous Roman monument in Milan: the Columns of San Lorenzo.
Sixteen marble columns 25 feet tall stand in a row; they are decorated with Corinthian capitals of varying design, positioned in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
The columns were taken from an unidentified edifice from the Classical Age (2nd-3rd... More

Frankly, one does not see this Basilica at its best by merely observing its facade.
Our advice is to not go immediately inside, but rather walk around the edifice and be enchanted by the majesty and accord of its varying volumes that compose it and that date back to different epochs.
Step by step, you will reach the Park of the Basilicas: from... More

7. Vivaio Riva

A magical place, a unique garden in the center of Milan, just a short walk from the Columns of San Lorenzo.
The Vivaio Riva is a botanical paradise born before World War II and managed by sisters Luisella and Angela Riva (today, unfortunately, only by the first, because mrs. Angela passed away).
It is impossible to cross its threshold and not... More

8. Park of Pope John Paul II

For the Milanese this is the “Park of the Basilicas:” indeed it stands between the splendid Basilica of San Lorenzo and that of Sant’Eustorgio.
Divided in two from via Molino delle Armi, it is the perfect spot for enjoying a few moments of pure relaxation.
Once you’re inside, sit down on a bench and observe the play of varying volumes in the San ... More

9. Diocesan Museum

The Museo Diocesano stands in the second cloister of the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio and is spread out over three floors.
Inaugurated in 2001, it was built upon the request of three Cardinals who had a significant impact on the history of Milan.
The Museum was conceived with the intention of collecting, preserving and valorizing the works of art ... More

Here we are in front of one of the most important Milan’s churches, beloved by the Milanese, who connect it to the cult of the Three Wise Men.
Indeed, according to tradition, the remains of the Three Kings were held in Constantinople, but the Bishop Eustorgius decided to take them elsewhere, loading them onto his cart in 4th century.
Once... More