Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour, Milan

Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour, Milan
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Milan Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Milan Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Milan is a city that boasts both historic and modern architecture. It is also a strategic economic center for Italy and is home to the country's stock exchange. Thousands of tourists are attracted to the city's striking historic sites like the La Scala opera house and the famous Duomo, as well as designer shops and other great places to explore.

Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Milan (See other walking tours in Milan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: karen
Milan Cathedral

1) Milan Cathedral (must see)

Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo, is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan and the largest cathedral in Italy (fifth largest in the world) covering an area of 12,000 square meters and weighting 325,000 tons. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent and has been a central part of the city's life since 1386. Its foundation was laid by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, who died in 1402, when only half of the cathedral was completed, upon which the construction came to a standstill for almost 80...   view more
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Royal Palace of Milan

2) Royal Palace of Milan

The Royal Palace of Milan, a historical building in Milan, had been the seat of government of the city for centuries. Afterwards it became the residence of the Spanish and of the Austrian governors. Charles III of Bourbon became Palazzo Reale's first permanent resident. The present day appearance of the palace is the work of the architect Giuseppe Piermarini who transformed it during 1771 to 1778.

Bombings of World War II resulted in losing its marvelous neoclassical interiors. Of...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum del Duomo

3) Museum del Duomo (must see)

The Museum del Duomo preserves artifacts and works of art that used to be located in the cathedral itself. Many items in the collections need special preservation and restoration. The 20 rooms in the museum exhibit the items in chronological order with accompanying information plaques.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6...   view more
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San Gottardo in Corte

4) San Gottardo in Corte

San Gottardo is a church in Milan dedicated to Virgin Mary, designed by Francesco Pecorari from Cremona. In 1330, Azzone Visconti started the construction of the church which took six years to complete. After Azzone got sick with gout, the dedication was changed to St. Gotthard of Hildesheim who was the benefactor of gout sufferers.

The church has octagonal bell tower and the first public clock was placed there. In the 14th century Europe, when the mechanical clock was invented, tower clock...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
San Gottardo Bell Tower

5) San Gottardo Bell Tower

San Gottardo is a church in Milan dedicated to Virgin Mary, designed by Francesco Pecorari from Cremona. In 1330, Azzone Visconti started the construction of the church which took six years to complete. After Azzone got sick with gout, the dedication was changed to St. Gotthard of Hildesheim who was the benefactor of gout sufferers.

The church has octagonal bell tower and the first public clock was placed there. In the 14th century Europe, when the mechanical clock was invented, tower clock...   view more
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Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

6) Santa Maria Presso San Satiro (must see)

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, commonly known as San Satiro, is a church in Milan that lies on the location of an ancient worship place. Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza commissioned the construction of the present day church. Construction started in 1472 and took nearly 10 years to complete.

Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro is just south of the Duomo in Milan. Dating back to the 800s, the church was renovated in the second half of the 1400s by Bramante. Donato Bramante was a man of talent. In...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
San Sepolcro

7) San Sepolcro

Founded shortly after the thousand years by Benedict Ronzone and rebuilt in 1100 by his grandson with the shapes of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. The church represents a mix of styles, the two towers were added in the 12th century, the facade was remodeled and the interior was radically renovated in the Baroque key by Frederick Borromeo. The last renovation in 19th century, was to rebuild the entire facade in...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Biblioteca Ambrosiana

8) Biblioteca Ambrosiana (must see)

Biblioteca Ambrosiana is a historic library in Milan. Named after Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan, it kept and organized the great databases of European culture. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Ambrosian art gallery is also present in this library. Cardinal Federico Borromeo founded the library and his representatives collected books and manuscripts from Western Europe, Greece and Syria. Some major collections include the manuscripts of the Benedictine monastery of Bobbio and the library of Paduan...   view more
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Pasticceria Giovanni Galli

9) Pasticceria Giovanni Galli

Have you ever thought of combining tomatoes with chocolate and liqueur? Well, no matter how far-fetched it sounds, Pasticceria Giovanni Galli has combined these ingredients into a simply delicious product. Its clients say that "heaven can be purchased and it comes in a pack of 6". Come and try Pasticceria Giovanni Galli's variety of candied chestnuts as...   view more
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

10) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a fashionable five-storey mall covered in curved glass, topped with iron roof and lavishly decorated with patriotic mosaics and statues - legacy of the chaotic era of Italian unification, manifesting the country's newly-acquired self-confidence. It was built between 1865 and 1877 by architect Giuseppe Mengoni – also credited with the monumental design of the whole area between the Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera – and is named after Vittorio Emanuele...   view more
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The Palazzo Clerici

11) The Palazzo Clerici

The Palazzo Clerici is located in the heart of old Milan. The palace which rose in an urban fact of small houses, belonged to one of the oldest historic houses in Milan, the Visconti family. Despite being one of the most prestigious historic buildings in Milan and has played a crucial role in the events of art and history of this city, Palazzo Clerici is still little known to the general...   view more
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La Scala

12) La Scala (must see)

La Scala, originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala, is a world renowned opera house in Milan. Inaugurated on 3 August 1778, it has witnessed the performance of the greatest artists and singers not only of Italy but also of other nations.

In 1776, a fire completely destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre. Empress Maria Theresa of Austria established the Teatro alla Scala to replace its demolished structure. Since then, it had been the home of opera in Milan. Today, the...   view more
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San Fedele

13) San Fedele

The title is a canon of the church Santa Maria della Scala in San Fedele. After a decade near the church was built a great college that until 1763 was the main house of Lombardy of the Jesuits. Here stands the old image once called Madonna of the dancers and singers. The particular advance of the Baroque of the first altar on the right flanked by two angels who gracefully detach from their capitals and columns hold up the slant, giving an impression of fragility and...   view more
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Manzoni Museum

14) Manzoni Museum

Situated in the heart of Milan, Casa del Manzoni (Manzoni Museum) is a magnificently elaborated ex-residence of an Italian author and poet Alessandro Manzoni. Born in 1785, he was second in Italian literature only to Dante. Manzoni died a tragic death when he fell down the steps of San Fedele in 1873.

Inside the house where Manzoni once lived, everything seems to be frozen in time.  There is an evocative atmosphere inside the rooms. All Italian schoolchildren study “I Promessi Sposi”...   view more
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Museum Poldi Pezzoli

15) Museum Poldi Pezzoli (must see)

Founded in 1881, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum was originally a private collection of Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio, and featured 19th century Northern Italian and Flemish paintings along with a number of decorative art pieces including textiles, porcelain, glass, clocks, jewelry and metal works. In 1818, Poldi Pezzoli inherited great wealth from his uncle Giuseppe Pezzoli which included the beautiful palace and the garden filled with statues and fountains. He then spent his entire...   view more
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