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Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Make the most of your Milanese stay and experience the gems of the city found off the beaten path, away from the most popular city sights. Meet your guide at the corner of Via Torino, for a 3-hour walk in the medieval commercial district. See where the old artisan activities survive in the street names: Via Spadari (sword makers), Via Cappellari (milliners), and Via Armorari (armorers), for example. Savor freshly made cream cannoli from the old Panarello pastry shop, or the traditional focaccia at the Princi bakery. Behind the inconspicuous façade of San Satiro church, you'll discover the amazing solution adopted by Bramante to create space where there was no space! Admire some of Milan's oldest buildings at Piazza dei Mercanti, once the center of the city's medieval market. The 13th century Palazzo della Ragione was built to symbolize the independence won from the Germanic rulers. See the Loggia degli Osii and the Palace of the Palatine School, Milan’s first university. The Church of San Maurizio awaits with its collection of 16th-century Renaissance frescoes. Bernardino Luini, who painted most of the church, was a Lombard artist who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. Saint Ambrose is not only Milan's patron saint, but also was a charismatic personality. Archbishop Ambrose lies in the crypt of the basilica founded by him in the 4th century, which is considered by locals to be the true church. The Romanesque-style church features scary mythological animals overlooking the patio and columns with the marks of the devil's horns.

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From Milan: Half-Day Bergamo Tour

2. From Milan: Half-Day Bergamo Tour

Situated on the foot of the Alps overlooking the lively new town, this medieval mecca is bursting from wall to wall with history and culture. Stretching for more than 5 kilometers, the medieval walls that once protected the hilly old town of Bergamo are one of the most important pieces of evidence of defensive structures in the 15th-century. Celts, Goths, Romans and Lombards have all lived on the hill, but it was the four centuries under the Venetian rule that were the most significant in creating the town’s charming history and culture. Ride the funicular from downtown to the top of the hill where your guided walking tour will pass through Piazza Vecchia, the heart of the old town. The tour continues to remarkable historical and religious monuments such as the town hall (Palazzo della Ragione), the St. Maria Maggiore Cathedral, the Colleoni Chapel and the baptistery. Take a moment to admire the beautiful mountain region that extends all the way to Lake Como. Marvel at the lush vegetation, villas, farmhouses and woods before finally heading back to the bus for Milan.

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What people are saying about Palazzo della Ragione, Milan

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

very informative and personable

There is a lot to discover in the quarters around the cathedral if you can get the right instructions. Our guide was very competent, personable and was able to answer our questions and respond to our requests. Not cheap, but worth it.