East Centro Walking Tour, Milan

East Centro 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 steeped in history, but also a strategic economic center for Italy, as well as an international fashion hub. Thousands of tourists are attracted to the city's striking historic sites, as well as designer shops and other great places to explore. Take this tour and visit the main sites in Milan's Centro Storico.

East Centro Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: East Centro Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Milan (See other walking tours in Milan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: alexei
The Gallery of Modern Art

1) The Gallery of Modern Art

Located at the center of Milano in a large Neo-classical villa known as the Villa Reale, is Milan's Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna containing many superb works of art. This extravagant palazzo houses the modern collection in the 19th century sense. Masterpieces of Lombardians and famous Italian painters, following the style of French artists, are displayed in the stores. Works of lesser-known Italian artists are also on display in this museum.

Designed by architect Leopold Pollak...   view more
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Giardini Pubblici

2) Giardini Pubblici (must see)

Giardini Pubblici is a magnificent garden complex that offers a shelter from the noisy activites of the city. Situated in the heart of Milan, it offers remarkable views of the well-maintained gardens. Covering more than 170,000 square meters area between the Venice Door and the streets of Palestro and Manin, it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy. The Public Gardens are the first nominated public park in Milan sharing the same name as the famous journalist and writer Indro Montanelli. An old...   view more
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Via della Spiga

3) Via della Spiga

Via della Spiga is one of the chicest shopping areas of Milan, situated in the north-east of the deluxe Quadrilatero della Moda district along with Corso Venezia, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Manzoni. The street is famous for its sophisticated elegance manifested in stylish clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories put on sale. Among the famous brands presented here are Dolce & Gabanna, Sergio Rossi, Tod’s, Bulgari, Gianfranco Ferre, etc. to mention but a few. At #2...   view more
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San Francesco di Paola

4) San Francesco di Paola

San Francesco di Paola is a church that lies in the heart of the richest and the most grandiose part of Milan. It was named after Paola who was the patron Saint of the Church.

In 1623, a huge fire destroyed the oratory of Sant’Anastasia. A new church known as church of San Francesco di Paola was constructed by the architect Marco Bianchi on these ruins. Construction work started in 1728 and it was opened for the devotees in 1735. A well known architect Alemagna concluded the church in...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Via Monte Napoleone

5) Via Monte Napoleone (must see)

Via Monte Napoleone, nicknamed ‘Montenapo’ by the Milanese, is a stylish and luxurious street in Milan. It is famous for its ready-to-wear clothes and jewelry shops. Many distinguished Italian fashion designers as well as designers from all over the world have their exquisite boutiques and stores in this most significant street of the Milan Fashion District. Also known as the Quadrilatero della moda, it houses many exclusive Italian shoe stores and the headquarters, major offices...   view more
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Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

6) Bagatti Valsecchi Museum (must see)

Situated in the Montenapoleone district of Milan, Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi is originally a private museum established by two brothers - Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, which is currently open to the public since 1994. The display includes Italian Renaissance (14th-16th century) artifacts as well as the property itself. The museum is also involved in a research work and organizes courses, seminars and conferences. Its publications focus on various aspects of 19th century culture. If...   view more
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Casa Fontana-Silvestri

7) Casa Fontana-Silvestri

Casa Fontana-Silvestri, one of the few Renaissance buildings present in Milan, is a classic house of the 15th Century. Though the main structure dates back to the 12th century, its present form is due to a systematic amendment made at the end of the 14th century, in a style that combines Renaissance and Gothic elements.

The frontage of this Milanese building is quite unadorned but it does have an interesting wall painting below the roof space. The roof over the arch-shaped windows is...   view more
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Francesco Piva - L'Antica Fonte

8) Francesco Piva - L'Antica Fonte

Established in 1945, Francesco Piva "L'Antica Fonte" is a gallery that specializes in furniture, paintings and objects from the Italian neoclassical period, with a particular focus on the chandeliers. It is located at Via San Damiano, Milan. The owner, Francesco Piva, entered the antique business in 1984 to continue what his father Giuseppe has started. He has always been a collector of small items and curiosities. In addition, he is also a member of the Italian Federation of Art...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Jonas Boni
San Babila

9) San Babila

San Babila is a church once considered the third most important in Milan, the other two being Duomo and the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. It is located on the Piazza San Babila in the centre of Milan.

A church was built in the 4th century at the site of a Roman temple. The nature and the origins of this structure are unclear. The church was reconstructed in the 9th century and was further prolonged with the addition of a frontal section and a new Baroque façade in the 16th century.

The...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

10) Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele is a popular covered shopping street lined on both sides with boutiques selling clothes and accessories, situated behind the Milan Cathedral and connecting Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, this is the second largest pedestrian area in downtown Milan, ideal for shopping and passing time away. Extending from its side are a number of small covered shopping galleries emerged as a result of post-war...   view more
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San Bernardino alle Ossa

11) San Bernardino alle Ossa (must see)

San Bernardino alle Ossa is a church in Milan famous for its adjoining ossuary which is a small chapel decorated with numerous human skulls and bones. The interior has an octagonal plan with Baroque Style decorations and paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries. It is a relatively unpleasing looking church as compared to the ornamentation on other famous churches in Milan. It is an ordinary small church with nothing particularly spectacular or interesting about it.

It is a single roomed...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Sight description based on wikipedia
Velasca Tower

12) Velasca Tower

Velasca Tower is a skyscraper in Milan located in the Square south of the Duomo in Milan. Designed and built between 1956 and 1958 by the Società Generale Immobiliare. Situated in a residential area once destroyed by Anglo-American bombing in 1943 and stands out in the cityscape, which has become one of the best known...   view more
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San Nazaro in Brolo

13) San Nazaro in Brolo

St. Nazaro Church is one of the oldest and magnificent churches in Milan. Originally founded in the 4th Century and built by St Ambrose, this basilica was dedicated to the Apostles to whom it owes its other name: Basilica Apostolorum. It dates back to the year 382 and has preserved some relics from the apostles. This famous monument is situated on one of the radial roads which lead from the city centre towards the outskirts. In 1075, a fire broke out and destroyed the church. In 1571, the...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Sight description based on wikipedia

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