In these autumn days a walk through the artistic and architectural wonders of the city center can be the right idea to fully and safely enjoy the hidden beauty of Milano.

 

Here is a list of small masterpieces to discover in the historic center of Milano!

Church of Santa Maria near San Satiro

Near the Duomo - among the many stores in via Torino - there is this church, which contains some really amazing works, above all the "fake choir" made by Bramante, a perspective illusion that simulates a non-existent depth.

Until you get closer, it won't be easy to understand that the church doesn't have the depth you might think when you enter.

House of Hymenons

The construction of this wonderful palace - one of the most beautiful in Milano - is due to the sculptor Leone Leoni from Arezzo.

This great sixteenth-century artist was an imperial sculptor in the service of Charles V of Hapsburg and Philip II of Spain and in 1542 he was appointed sculptor of the Mint of Milano.

In 1549 the artist bought the property, and in the following 1565 he began the renovation of the building, embellishing it with large sculptures and making it his own home.

The Leoni family was a point of reference for 16th century Milanese art. Both the artist and his son were also famous collectors and art dealers, and gathered an important art collection inside the house.
Some of these works, such as Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus, were later transferred to the Ambrosiana Gallery.

San Giorgio al Palazzo Church

This church, also located in via Torino, houses the artistic masterpiece of the great Bernardino Luini, Leonardo Da Vinci's favourite pupil in Milano. You will be enchanted by the bold, bright color combinations of this series of paintings on altarpiece, depicting the passion of Christ.

L.O.V.E.

L.O.V.E. (Italian acronym for "freedom, hate, revenge, eternity"), also known as "The Finger", is a sculpture 4.60 meters high (which becomes 11 total including the base) in Carrara marble, by the famous contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan.

The work was placed in the center of Piazza Affari, the headquarters of the Milano Stock Exchange.

The sculpture has become famous for its irony and for its contrast with the place where it is located. The work in fact depicts a hand intent on the Roman greeting but with all fingers severed, or depending on interpretation, consumed, except the middle finger.

Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa and the Ossuary

A few steps from the Duomo is one of the most curious attractions of Milano, built near the Brolo Hospital, once dedicated to the care of lepers, now destroyed.

In 1750 was built the great church in baroque and rococo style, which from the outside seems to be an elegant eighteenth-century palace.

A narrow corridor to the right of the entrance gives access to a small square room where you will find the statue of the Madonna kneeling near the dead Jesus.

The walls of this room are entirely covered with skulls and bones.

The chapel-ossary also has a vault frescoed by Sebastiano Ricci, one of the most important artists of the Italian 18th century.

In the chapel, to the right of the only nave, there is the family tomb of Christopher Columbus.