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    The Crypt of Basilica S. Giovanni in Conca

    by leics Written Mar 5, 2011

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    Milan was, of course, a Roman city....Mediolanum...and although it has far fewer obvious remains than other Italian cities it has more than you might expect.

    I came across this little collection quite unexpectedly. spotting an interesting ruin in the middle of a bus traffic intersection I made my way over to it, to find that the restored crypt below had many historical and archeological points of interest.

    S Giovanni in Conca was built on the site of a 3rd century Roman residential district. It dates from the 5th century, but was deconsecrated in the mid 1700s, used for storage and gradually dismantled over the subsequent centuries. All that now remains of it is the curved section of apse wall in the photo (deliberately crested to look like a ruin) and its crypt.

    The crypt itself is a marvel of pillars and barrel vaulting, and one of the few examples of its type to be found in Italy. But it also displays various Roman artefacts found on the site....statues, inscriptions, sections of mosaic.....as well as the open excavation of a Roman water cistern.

    It was within the crypt that I spotted a map of various Roman sites within the modern city, with route marked and information about each site in Italian and English. I'm sure you can get this in the form of a leaflet from the tourist information office and, if you are a Romanist, it would be well worth seeking out.

    If you are in the vicinity of Piazza Missori, it's worth visiting this site. From the Duomo walk south along Via Mazzini and after about 500m you will come to the Piazza.

    Open Tuesday to Friday 0900 -1300, Saturday 1430-1830.

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    Piazza Fontana

    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 18, 2012

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    Piazza Fontana is a small piazza in the Duomo area where we had a little break. I enjoyed it very much because it was a pleasant place that is not crowded at all - a relief when you come here from Piazza del Duomo or Piazza della Scala! There were not many tourists there, and we sat down on a bench in the shade. The piazza is a pretty place with its historical fountain, the trees and the surrounding buildings.

    The fountain that gives the piazza its name was created in 1782. It was designed by Guiseppe Piermarini, the architect who designed the Teatro alla Scala.

    On the 12th of December 1969, a bomb detonated on this piazza and killed seventeen people, it was an act of right-wing extremist terrorism.

    Address: Piazza Fontana - access from Via Larga and Via San Clemente
    Directions: Close to the Duomo

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    Roman ruins in Via Brisa

    by ettiewyn Updated Sep 8, 2012

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    Via Brisa is a small street connected to Corso Magenta, and it is worth a short detour - here you can see some of the Roman ruins that are left from Mediolanum. These ruins were only discovered in 1949, after a bomb had been dropped here during the war six years earlier.

    It is highly probable that the ruins once belonged to an imperial palace. Mediolanum was chosen as Imperial Residence by Emperor Maximianus in 286A.D. The palace was not one single building, but rather a big area of many connected buildings and dwellings. Today, it is still possible to see a part of the heating system.
    Close to the palace, there was a huge circus which was connected to the palace itself, and where races and gladiator fights took place.
    The court was transferred to Ravenna in 452A.D., but the palace was left intact for several centuries longer. It then fell into disrepair, and by the time of the early Middle Ages, there was almost nothing left of it.

    Address: Via Brisa, access from Corso Magenta

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    Piazza Meda

    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 18, 2012

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    Piazza Meda is a piazza north of the Duomo. There is a lot of traffic there, so it is not a nice place to sit down, but what is interesting is the work of contemporary art that was installed there. It is a big disc made of bronze. According to my guidebook it should rotate, but it didn't do that when we visited. The artwork was made in 1980 by Arnaldo Pomodoro from Milan. When I did some research about Pomodoro, I was surprised to see that another work of his can be seen in Cologne, namely at the adult education centre (VHS). Pomodoro mainly uses geometrical forms in his works.

    Address: Piazza Meda - access from Via San Paolo and Via Catena
    Directions: North of the Duomo

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    La Triennale di Milano-Center for Design

    by tpal Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Carol and I were eager to see some of Milan's design treasures. As a result of a Virtual Tourist Forum recommendation we decided to check out La Triennale di Milano. Located in an urban strolling park, Parco Sempione, the exhibition is housed in the Palazzo dell'Arte a 1932-3 fascist era building which was predictably both austere and monumental. The Triennale is an exhibit of the best designs from all fields as diverse as street lamps to automobiles to fabric to dinner forks over the past three years. Also on exhibit was an Andy Warhol Show and a Young European Artist Show.

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    Piazza Fontana

    by Diana75 Updated May 30, 2006

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    The name of this square is given by the wonderful granite fountain decorated with dolphins and sirens.

    Located very close to the Dome, in a certain way off the beaten touristic path, Piazza Fontana was made following the plans of Piermarini by Giuseppe Franchi in 1782.

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    Teatro dal Verme

    by Diana75 Updated May 31, 2006

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    The name of Teatro Dal Verme was given by Dal Verme family who lived in the building made according to their instructions in 1870.

    Following the order of Earl Francesco Dal Verme the architect Giuseppe Pestagalli designed a building to accommodate 3,000 persons.

    The building was erected in a very short time, and opened in 1872 after one year and a half of work.

    After the period of restoration, Teatro Dal Verme was re-opened in April 2001.

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    Acquario Civico

    by Diana75 Updated May 31, 2006

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    The beautiful building of Acquario Civico, built in Viennese liberty style, is located in the center of the city, in Parco Sempione.

    Surprisingly or not the Milan Aquarium, established in 1906, is one of the oldest in the world.

    The stunning facade and the external walls are covered by beautiful frescos, stone decoration and ceramic panels with water world themes.

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    Cattolica

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2004

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    The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, better known as Cattolica, is a huge complex situated right behind the basilica of Sant' Ambrogio. Besides teology, university has different faculties. It has implemented the Socrates-Erasmus programme, that will enable foreign students to study for a certain period of time.

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    Tempio della Vittoria

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    In memory of the sacrifice of over ten thousand Milanese who perished in World War I, this Victory Temple was erected in 1927-1930 after a design by Giovanni Muzio. The marble sanctuary is in the shape of an octagonal tower and is situated near the barracks of Gariibaldi. The monuments commemorates citizens of Milano who fell in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto in 1918.
    The temple is situated right behind the complex of Sant' Ambrogio, in Piazza Sant'Ambrogio.

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    The porticoes at Piazza Duomo

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2004

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    The complex of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a center for both cultural and mundane activities with its well-stocked book and record shops, giant cafes, and famous spots. On the both sides of it, facing Piazza Duomo, there are long porticoes full of fancy clothing shops. It is easy to get dizzy of all this prices and when you fell down, if not before it, you'll finaly be able to notice beautifuly decorated celling of the porticoes.

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    Monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    The monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi stands in the central position of Largo Carioli, the huge open space right in front of Castello Sforzesco. The monument was placed here in 1895 and is work of the sculptor Ettore Ximenes.
    Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807-1882, is the most significant person in the history of the Italian people. Known by his personal courage and tactical intelligence, he managed to defeat Bourbons and have unificated the peninsula in one state known today as Italy.

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    Piazza Cordusio

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    In the central position of Piazza Cordusio, a very bussy Milano's square, stands the monument to Giuseppe Parini (1729-1799), a famous Italian poet and teacher. His talent for teaching made him professor of fine arts in the Brera. During the period when Bonaparte ruled the Cisalpine State, he made him a member of the municipal government.

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    Palazzo Anguissola

    by Diana75 Updated May 30, 2006

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    Palazzo Anguissola was built between 1829 and 1830 according to the plans of Carlo Felice Soave and Simone Cantoni.

    The ground floor is made in granite and the adornments of the facade in Saltrio stone.

    The inside is made in neo-classical style, while in the romantic garden can be still found antique fountains.

    Palazzo Anguissola is accomodating today offices of the Italian Commercial Bank (Banca Commerciale Italiana).

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    Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    by Diana75 Updated May 30, 2006

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    The Sacro Cuore Catholic University of Milan or in Italian Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore was founded in 1921 and includes 14 Faculties.

    The intention of the University founders was to create a catholic university to play a fundamental role in the growth and enrichment of Italian culture.

    The university was officially inaugurated in 1921 and first campus was moved in 1930 from Palazzo del Canonica S. Ambrose Monastery, where it is also today.

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