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Casa Fontana-Silvestri, Milan

Casa Fontana-Silvestri, Milan

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 protruding. Being one of the oldest homes in the city and declared by some scholars to be the effort of Bramante, it features elements by both Bramante and Bramantino. Inside, there is a stylish courtyard with a porch. The facade has ornamental cotto (baked clay) window frames and there are scowling masks above the stone door. Bramante is thought to have designed the cotto decorations present on the facade. The facade was originally decorated with paintings done in water color on wet plasters, known as frescos. Most of these painting have, however, disappeared and just a few remnants are now visible under the ornamental molding around the wall (cornice).

Many stately buildings covering the architecture styles from Renaissance to Art Nouveau, run all along the Corso Venezia, one of Milan's most prominent streets. Casa Fontana-Silvestri is one of the most beautiful houses on Corso Venezia and is worth spending your time.

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Sight Name: Casa Fontana-Silvestri
Sight Location: Milan, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Milan, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Milan

Create Your Own Walk in Milan

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Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour

Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Central Milan Souvenir Shopping

Central Milan Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Milan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Milan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Centro Museums and Galleries

Centro Museums and Galleries

Milan is not only the business and fashion center of Italy, it also a cultural center. The city of Milan offers numerous cultural activities, as well as countless art galleries and museums that exhibit some of the world's most famous and imposing artworks and artifacts. Most of these cultural centers are located in the very heart of Milan and within a pleasant walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
East Centro Walking Tour

East Centro Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Milan may be a world fashion capital and an European financial capital, but religion, and "the church" in particular, remain a major part of Milanese life. Many of the churches that you see today have undergone reconstruction or renovation, as preserving historic and religious heritage is one of the city's priorities. Take this tour to visit some of the most notable places of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
West Centro Walking Tour

West Centro Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles

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