West Centro Walk, Milan

West Centro Walk, Milan
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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.

West Centro Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: West Centro Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Milan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: alexei
Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

1) 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
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Marco Bonavoglia.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia

2) Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia

The Church of Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia, built in 1589, is a Baroque style church with two lateral bell towers. One functions as a clock whilst the other has been a belfry since 1643. The church comprises of a principal building on the Greek cross plan with a central dome.

Built by Barnabite monks in the 9th century, the church has a centralized plan with a cupola that serves as a presbytery. The interior is decorated with precious paintings in the Lombard tradition of the 17th and...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
San Giorgio al Palazzo

3) San Giorgio al Palazzo

San Giorgio al Palazzo is a church in Milan of very ancient origin. The church still stands on the ancient ruins of the imperial palace built by Diocletian. The facade is complemented by an elegant pediment with statues bronze is the work of Francis Cross and dates back to 1774. The church is currently home to the representation of Milan's Constantinian Order of Saint George who has established and whose presence is commemorated by a marble plaque that is on the left side of the main...   view more
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Via Torino

4) Via Torino

Via Torino is one of the main shopping streets of Milan. It connects Piazza Duomo with the typical Ticinese district. Via Torino is famous for its specialty in shoes – one of the woman’s favorite product. Full of shops selling shoes, the street is famous for its wide range of shoes merchandise – from all-terrain boots to dainty sandals. In recent years Via Torino has developed a shoe mall, with a large number of shops selling shoes mainly to the young people. Price range varies from...   view more
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Colonne di San Lorenzo

5) Colonne di San Lorenzo

Situated in front of the San Lorenzo Basilica, Colonne di San Lorenzo is the most famous remnants of Roman Empire in Milan. With a row of columns on either side, the monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Milan. The columns were extracted from a Roman temple or bath house of the 2nd century Mediolanum (latin for Milan) and brought to the present location in the 4th century. These tall Roman columns are sixteen in number standing at the sides of a square. A red brick...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Basilica of San Lorenzo

6) Basilica of San Lorenzo

Founded in the 4th century, Basilica of Saint Lawrence is the oldest church in Milan. Dedicated to Christian martyr St. Lawrence, it was among the largest buildings in the west. Its foundations were laid with the huge blocks taken from other Roman sites and its interior was done is a unique manner with the lower half decorated with marble and the upper half adorned in mosaics.

Basilica of San Lorenzo was rebuilt in the 11th century. In the 16th century, it was redecorated and renovated. It...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Galleria Alpien al Leone D'oro

7) Galleria Alpien al Leone D'oro

Established in 1996, Galleria Alpien al Leone D'oro initially specialized in 19th and 20th century naturalist paintings and sculptures, antique objects and artifacts, vintage art that was inspired by nature, folk and religious traditions of different cultures and countries. In 1998, the gallery moved to its current location at Via Lanzone in Milan’s historical center. Today, you can find antique items, including landscapes paintings, lost-wax bronze casting sculptures, pottery, vintage...   view more
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Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

8) Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (must see)

The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is one of the most ancient churches in Milan. It was built by St. Ambrose in 379-386 in an area where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The first name of the church was in fact Basilica Martyrum. In the following centuries, the edifice underwent several restorations and partial reconstructions, only assuming its current appearance in 1099, when it was rebuilt in the Romanesque style. The basilica has two bell towers. The right one,...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

9) Museum of the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (must see)

The Church of Sant' Ambrogio is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. It is considered to be one of the most ancient churches in Italy and one of most historically interesting medieval buildings in Lombardy. The church was named after St. Ambrose who consecrated it in 386. When he died in 397, he was buried beside the bodies of St. Gervase and St. Protasius buried inside the Church.

Originally the church was known as Basilica Martyrum. It was a small three-aisled, transept-less...   view more
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Cenacolo Vinciano

10) Cenacolo Vinciano (must see)

Santa Maria delle Grazie is an attractive Renaissance church and convent. Built in the 15th century, the church is present in UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The convent was completed in 1469 and the church was completed after twenty one years in 1490. The dining hall of the convent contains the fresco, the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Last Supper represents the scene of the Last Supper during the last days of Jesus. Created by Leonardo for his patron Duke Ludovico...   view more
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

11) Santa Maria delle Grazie (must see)

Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace) is a famous church and Dominican convent in Milan, included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The church is also famous for the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent. The Duke of Milan, Francesco I Sforza, ordered the building of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The main architect was Guiniforte Solari, and the convent was completed by 1469, although the church took more time to...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Galleria d'Arte Ambrosiana

12) Galleria d'Arte Ambrosiana

Established in 1967 in Saronno by Louis and Romano Maspes, Galleria d'Arte Ambrosiana is currently run by François Louis Maspes. With a new headquarters at Via Vincenzo Monti, Milan, the gallery specializes in Italian paintings from the 19th century, particularly the Lombard and Venetian schools. The gallery participates in different fairs in Milan, Brescia and Cernobbio, including Mostra Antiquari Milanesi, Milano Internazionale Antiquariato and Brixiantiquaria, and others. Since its...   view more
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Museo Civico Archeologico

13) Museo Civico Archeologico

Museo Civico Archeologico is a small and fascinating museum that reveals information about the Milan during the era of Roman Empire. It shows how Milan unexpectedly became the capital of the empire in the fourth century A.D.

The museum has some unique masterpieces of art in its collections. The most important of which include the Trivulzio's cup, a rare example of intact diatret glass from the Roman times; patera from Parabiago, beautiful example of silverware of the late Roman Empire...   view more
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Castello Sforzesco

14) Castello Sforzesco (must see)

Castello Sforzesco, one of the biggest fortresses in Europe, is a castle in Milan. Originally the Duchy of Milan used to live here. Now it contains several museums and art collections. Constructed in the 14th century, it had been rebuilt and modified a number of times by later generations. The castle rooms were originally decorated with intricate detailed work of art. The most famous of these was the ceiling paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the death of Filippo Maria in 1447, the...   view more
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Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco

15) Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco (must see)

Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco is the best known civic museum in Milan. It hosts an impressive collection of some of the world's most valuable works of art – Michaelangelo's last sculpture, the Codex Trivulzianus manuscript of Leonardo Da Vinci, the Rondanini Pieta, and more.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 5.30...   view more
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