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Vintage Fiat 500 Tour in Milan
"During the 30-minute tour ""Fast Tour"" you will see the heart of the city the Sforza Castle the Montenapoleone Luxury District the Brera Art District the Scala Opera House Modern Art Gallery Modern Art Pavillion
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"Step aboard the Milan city hop-on hop-off bus tour at any of the stops along the three available bus routes. With more than 30 stops to choose from you can easily find a stop that’s convenient for you.Find a seat on the open-air double decker bus and look out at the sights of Milan. Stay on Line A (red line) for its total 90-minute route and pass by the 14th-century Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Ca the world-renowned La Scala opera house and Piazza Duomo the square where Milan Cathedral (Duomo) stands.Line B (blue line) boasts highlights including the historic Porta Venezia city gate Il Cenacolo Vinciano and Palazzo Lombardia home to Milan’s modern skyscrapers. Jump aboard line C (green line) to see the Monumental Cemetery or San Siro football stadium. Then disembark at San Babila to browse the luxury stores on Milan’s fashionable Via Montenapoleone.Pick out the places that you want to see most and create your own perfect sightseeing experience. Want a closer look at one of Milan’s landmarks? Go ahead a
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Villa Necchi Campiglio Small-Group Tour
"Villa Necchi Campiglio is a magnificent treasure of art and architecture in the centre of Milan.The Villa was built by Piero Portaluppi between 1932 and 1935 for the family of Angelo Campiglio his wife Gigina Necchi and his sister-in-law Nedda.The world of the Necchi Campiglio family was that of bourgeoise Lombard industrialists comfortably well-off but also hard-working and up-to-date whose wealth was based on the invention of the well-known Necchi sewing machine. Portaluppi was succeeded by Tomaso Buzzi who after the second world war imbued the rooms with a more classic
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Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

In the IV century B.C. San Lorenzo stood outside of the city walls, not far from the amphitheater, the imperial palace and the circus along the way Ticinensis, which joined Pavia to Milan and it was the access road leading to the city.
For people who arrived to Milan that Basilica was presented as “one of the most impressive buildings of Christian West”.
Since 1167, when the new walls with the moat were built, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, was incorporated into the circle of the city walls near the Porta Ticinese, the arrival point of the road from Pavia, one of the most important among those that led into town.
In 1548 the Governor Ferrante Gonzaga built a new defensive walls and Basilica of San Lorenzo then found itself in a densely populated area. Basilica has been reconstructed many times during it one thousand and seven hundred years history. When you look at the apse you can unmistakably date any part of the church.
Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Although is you wish to visit the Chapel of Sant’Aquilino with its late ancient mosaics and frescos of XV-XVI centuries then you are required to buy a ticket. Price of the ticket was 1.50 Euros.

Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
Open from Monday through Saturday
from 07.30 to 18.45 hrs.
Sunday from 09:00 to 19:00

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Dec 09, 2013

San Lorenzo Maggiore.Chapel of Sant’Aquilino

In the IV century B.C. San Lorenzo stood outside of the city walls, not far from the amphitheater, the imperial palace and the circus along the way Ticinensis, which joined Pavia to Milan and it was the access road leading to the city.
For people who arrived to Milan that Basilica was presented as “one of the most impressive buildings of Christian West”.
Since 1167, when the new walls with the moat were built, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, was incorporated into the circle of the city walls near the Porta Ticinese, the arrival point of the road from Pavia, one of the most important among those that led into town.
In 1548 the Governor Ferrante Gonzaga built a new defensive walls and Basilica of San Lorenzo then found itself in a densely populated area. Basilica has been reconstructed many times during it one thousand and seven hundred years history. When you look at the apse you can unmistakably date any part of the church.
Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Although is you wish to visit the Chapel of Sant’Aquilino with its late ancient mosaics and frescos of XV-XVI centuries then you are required to buy a ticket. Price of the ticket was 1.50 Euros.

Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
Open from Monday through Saturday
from 07.30 to 18.45 hrs.
Sunday from 09:00 to 19:00

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Oleg_D.
Dec 09, 2013

Basilica San Lorenzo

The foundations of the Basilica San Lorenzo make it possibly the oldest surviving building in Milan. There's little left of the significant Roman presence in the city, which made Milan one of the foremost cities outside Rome at the time, but outside the Basilica is a row of Corinthian columns, the last vestiges of a third century Roman temple. The rest of the buildings that form part of the Basilica were constructed or reconstructed at various times over the last two millennia.

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antistar
Nov 20, 2013

Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

This is a fascinating church with a mystery of a history. It has stood in its spot for around 1,600 years but no one is really sure who built it and for what purpose. Its sheer size and location, said to have been close to an Imperial palace, indicated that it was constructed for more than than purely public, ecclesiastical use. It was also outside of the city walls - where Romans of that period buried their dead - and inclusion of adjoining/freestanding structures of designs associated with funerary purposes point to possible origins as an Imperial mausoleum.

Who knows?

What is clear is that even though it was extensively overhauled several times, the main outline of its 4th-century footprint remains. This is an aisled tetraconch church, meaning it's roughly in the shape of a circle with apses that bulged from four sides, and an inner ring of pillars that creates an continuous ambulatory. You can see the original floor plan here:

http://ciaomilano.it/e/sights/slorenzo.asp

It was also partially constructed from materials lifted from a Roman amphitheater - a part of which can be seen underneath the church’s foundation. Outside, a colonnade of pillars looted from some long-gone pre-Christian pile mark the front of what was once a roofed, 4-sided portico.

The interior originally would have been encrusted with fabulous mosaics - long gone due to rebuilding after several fires - but is now mostly bare stone with some scraps of later fresco work here and there including a 16th-century rip-off (and not a good one) of Da Vinci’s “Last supper.” A couple of euros gets you into a 4th-century chapel that was almost certainly meant as a burial chamber and contains a sarcophagus that may or may nor be occupied. Around the walls and niches are fragments of 12th and 14-century frescoes and what little remains of those ancient mosaics which would have brightly illuminated now-darkened spaces. Here also is the crystal reliquary of St. Aquilino, for whom the chapel is named, and a stairway that leads down to a bit of that Roman rubble which lies underneath.

You can take a little 360-degree tour of the central sanctuary here:

http://milan.arounder.com/en/city-tour/san-lorenzo-basilica-interior.html

Entrance (except for the St. Aquilino chapel) is free.
Monday/Friday/Sat: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tues/Wed/Thursday: 7:30 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 6:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Apr 27, 2013
 
 
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Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

Founded in the 4th century, San Lorenzo Maggiore Church was at the time one of the largest buildings in the west. The foundations were made of enormous blocks taken from other Roman sites and the interior was decorated with marble along the lower half and mosaics up higher.

The church was rebuilt in the 11th century and heavily renovated in the 16th century. The church was restored in the 1930s.

I learned this from our tour guide during our Grande Bus Tour of Milan. But we have seen this church while exploring Milan on foot as most of the tourist spots are within walking distance from our hotel!

Outside the church you could see massive columns as well! They seem to form part of the church perimeter.

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AusPinay
Aug 09, 2010

San Lorenzo MAggiore Square Where Locals Hang out

This place was teeming with locals when we arrived after our first cruise from Venice! We had to stay for 3 days before our second cruise and we spent a lot of time passing her and even sitting at the square soaking the local atmosphere! Milanians are very relaxed and modern compared to the Venetians. We prefer them actually as they are also friendlier and less conscious unlike their counterparts in Venice!

The square is defined by the statue of San Lorenzo Maggiore.

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Aug 09, 2010

Basilica di San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo Basilica was built between the end of 4th century and the beginning of the 5th century using materials from the close by Roman theater.

It is said that the project of the church has its origins in Byzantium and the features of the oriental art can be seen inside.

One of the most beautiful chapel of the church is Sant’Aquilino Chapel with its mosaic presenting the Christ surrounded by the Apostles, one of the finest examples of the paleochristian art from northern Italy.

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Jun 07, 2006

San Lorenzo Maggiore

It is fascinating to observe the interior and pick out the Rarly Christian plan from the 16th century modifications. The chapel of St. Aquilinus and St. Hippolytus were built adjacent to the basilica in the IV century, while the small mausoleum to St. Sixtus dates from the early 6th century. Destoyed by fires on several occasions, it was rebuilt by Martino Bassi after it collapsed in 1573.
The interior is worthy of admiration not only for its sixteenth century style, but also for its early Christian base.
The wall paintings extant in San Lorenzo are extremely important, as they are among the few examples of Roman paintings left in Milan.

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San Lorenzo Maggiore

The basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, built between the 4th and 5th centuries, is probably made of material taken from the nearby Roman amphitheatre. Its original Rerly Christian plan was later altered in 1573 by Martino Bassi who managed to preserve much of the original octagonal shape and who is responsible for the dome set on the high drum.
Oriental influence has been recognized in the square towers at the four sides with the apses inscribed within the square thus formed; it has been claimed that the plan actually comes from Byzantium.

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Dec 19, 2005

San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is one of many beautiful basilica's to be found in Milan. The main basilica is dated to the fourth century. The basilica is found in the southwest section of the city. The church itself is round in shape and is considered one of the oldest round churches still existing. From this picture you can see part of the original medievel walls of the city behind the Basicila.

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Feb 13, 2003

San Lorenzo

This is a picture of the main entrance into the church from near the Roman columns. The statue is of Emperor Constantine who issued the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, gave the rights to practice free religion to all citizens of Rome. This ultimately paved the way for a Christian majority in the Roman Empire. The tall dome and some of the additions are also visible.

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Aug 26, 2002

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