An important passage that connects Piazza Duomo with the Navigli district, via Torino is amongst the most antique streets in Milano and has a long commercial tradition.
Over the centuries, many important craft laboratories and workshops were located here and today there are still traces in some of the adjacent streets, such as Via Orefici, Via Spadari and Via Speronari. It was in 1859 that the street took on its actual name, was widened and some buildings substituted.
Over the course of the years, Via Torino saw numerous changes to its appearance following urban development and the stylistic trends of Milano.
Still today, its commercial vocation is preserved, and it has become one of the main streets for shopping in Milano, thanks to its favourable position and array of shop windows.
Passing through Via Torino, we find, however, not only shops but also important monuments of art and history. Amongst these is the small Renaissance jewel, the Basilica di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.
The basilica, whose façade sits back from the street, is noted for its perspective illusion, created by Bramante, as well as its Romanic bell tower and its precious internal decorations.
Moving on in the direction of Porta Ticinese, on the right hand side, we come across Tempio Civico di San Sebastiano (Civic Temple of San Sebastiano), with its imposing cylindrical body. In 1576, after a bout of the plague, citizens voted for its construction; it was designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi. Inside there are works by the Lombard school from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The church of San Giorgio al Palazzo, with paintings by Bernardo Luini, is also worth a look.