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THE MILAN BY NIGHT TOUR (half day)

Tour Milano di Notte

Palazzo della Borsa - Milano Itinerari

Chiesa di San Maurizio - Milano Itinerari

Torri e Resti Romani - Milano Itinerari

Castello Sforzesco - Milano Itinerari

 

 

Basilica di Sant' Ambrogio - Milano Itinerari

 

 

 

Basilica di San Lorenzo - Milano Itinerari

 

Chiesa di San Simpliciano - Milano Itinerari

 

 

La Scala di Milano - Milano Itinerari

 

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Milano Itinerari

 

Duomo di Milano - Milano Itinerari

 

Navigli di Milano - Milano Itinerari

Night life and entertainment in Milan
A magic mix of lights and shadows, embracing streets and squares, creating kaleidoscopic images. Nightspots and Contemporary art exhibitions for enjoying the pleasure of new discovery after a busy day at work!

Palazzo Mezzanotte - Stock Exchange Palace
Built in 1929-31, it faces the elegant staircase and massive columns of Piazza degli Affari.
The inside consists of the Trading Floor, restructured to host meetings and conventions. The underground room still shows the remains of the 1st century A.D. Roman theatre that was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa (1162).

Church of San Maurizio
A splendid renaissance church built on the basis of a design by Giovanni Giacomo Dolcebuono in 1503. A monastery of Benedictine monks was annexed to it, two cloisters of which still remain today, one of them now houses the Archaeological Museum.
Inside the church, the walls are decorated with splendid 16th century frescoes, the majority of which were painted by Bernardino Luini between 1522 and 1529. From the third chapel on the left you can access the Moncks’s choir, the centre of which is occupied by a very valuable organ dating back to 1554 by Gian Giacomo Antegnani.
The choir hosts paintings of Bergognone and other XVI century artists; in the chapels there are Lomazzo’s frescos and Anotnio Campi’s paintings.

Castello Sforzesco - Sforza Castle
Along with the Cathedral - Milan's most famous and much beloved monument - the big Castle is linked to the vicissitudes and dramatic events that the city has been experiencing over the past centuries. For many years, in fact, it has represented a symbol of the power in the hands of the Dukes, as well as of the foreign dominators. Only at the beginning of the 20th century the Castle assumed its distinctive role, becoming a place of culture, which hosted numerous Lombard art collections. The Castle was named after Francesco Sforza, who transformed it into a ducal residence in 1450. But its origins date back to the second half of the 14th century, at the time of Galeazzo II Visconti.

Basilica of Saint Ambrose
The basilica was built by St. Ambrose between 379 and 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, assuming the current appearance in 1099, when it was rebuilt in Romanesque architecture. The basilica plan of the original edifice was maintained, with an apse and two aisles, all with apses, and a portico with elegant arches supported by semi columns and pilasters preceding the entrance. Latter was used to house the disciples coming to Mass to receive baptism. The upper loggia has five arcades of different height that follow the ceiling. It is used by the bishop of Milan to bless the people attending outside. The basilica has two bell towers. The right one, called dei Monaci ("of the Monks"), is from the 9th century and has a severe appearance. The left and higher one dates to 1144, the last two floors added in 1889.

Basilica of San Lorenzo
Various suggestions of its origin have been made, including a foundation in year 370; the Basilica of San Lorenzo was renovated and redecorated in the 16th century. It has however maintained the original Byzantine structure, with a dome and four towers resembling those of Constantinople's Hagia Sofia. A recent detailed stratiographic study of the walls identified five phases of construction in antiquity from Theodosius I to the early Lombard period. The church is a quatrefoil central-plan building, with a double-shell layout, consisting of an open central area, the inner shell, surrounded by an ambulatory, the outer shell.

Basilica of San Simpliciano
The basilica was one of the first churches to be erected in Milan. It was Saint Ambrose who commissioned it (4th century) and it was then completed under his successor Saint Simpliciano, who was buried there. During the year 398, the basilica also welcomed the relics of three martyrs: Sisinio, Martirio and Alessandro. From the 4th century a.d. to date, the structures of the church were subject to many transformations, the most significant ones of which are those of the 7th and 11th centuries. On the inside, in the basin of the apse, is the large Coronation of Mary, a fresco by Bergognone. The church is associated with the memory of the battle of Legnano: the windows on the facade illustrate the "Glories of the Carroccio".

La Scala Opera House Milan
The Teatro alla Scala was founded, under the auspices of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to replace the Royal Ducal Theatre, which was destroyed by fire on 26 February 1776 and had until then been the home of opera in Milan. The cost of building the new theatre was borne by the owners of the boxes at the Ducal, in exchange for possession of the land on which stood the church of Santa Maria alla Scala (hence the name) and for renewed ownership of their boxes. Designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, La Scala opened on 3 August 1778 with Antonio Salieri's opera L'Europa riconosciuta, to a libretto by Mattia Verazi.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon; it is prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and connects to the Piazza della Scala. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome. The Milanese Galleria was larger in scale than its predecessors and was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping mall, of which it was the direct progenitor. The Galleria connects two of Milan's most famous landmarks: The Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala. More than 130 years after its inauguration, the four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling most things from haute couture to books, as well as restaurants, cafés and bars.

Duomo di Milano - The Cathedral of Milan
Started in 1386, the Duomo represents a great witness of the particular Lombard Gothic style. Consecrated to S. Maria Nascente, wanted by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it stands on the site of the late Middle Ages Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore. It is a huge marble building with a rich variety of statues, spires, buttresses, rampant arches, pillars. The statues are over 3,500, including the 96 giants of the spouts. The Cathedral, divided in five naves, is 157 m. long at the exterior and 92 m. large at the transept with a whole area of 11.700 sq.m.

Navigli - Leonardo da Vinci's Waterways
The Navigli is an area characterized by the presence of several ship-canals, a very important economical crossroads and artistic inspiration in the past. Nowadays the Navigli are famous for their “trattorie”, music and night clubs and art studios. It is still possible to see the hydraulic engineering works such as drawbridges, sluices and dams; these works testify the high degree of hydraulic knowledge reached centuries ago. The most frequented areas are: Alzaia naviglio pavese, Alzaia naviglio grande, the Darsena and Ripa di Porta Ticinese; these places offer a large number of pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, wine shops and bars. During public holidays and Sundays it is possible to find modern and ancient paintings and antique markets and every year at the beginning of May, there is the Flower festival.

 
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