A selection of unique and unmissable tours to get to know Milan and all its beauties.

For all tours the meeting point is Infopoint YesMilano, via dei Mercanti n.8.

Departure time: 5 p.m. .

It is recommended to register, if you have not registered, please arrive at the meeting point 5 mins before the start of the tour.

The tour will be in English or in two languages (Italian and English) ​​if there are also Italians.

 

October 6 and 8: Milan and its galleries

A walk from Cordusio square to san Babila square through the galleries of the city center, with their shops and cafes, discovering the history, architecture and traditions of Milan.

October 13 and 15: Ticinese District Walking Tour

During this walking tour you will be able to visit Porta Ticinese, one of Milano’s liveliest districts just few minutes on foot from Piazza Duomo.
The walking tour starts from Piazza Mercanti and, after a pleasant stroll along via Torino, we’ll reach Porta Ticinese district.
In this neighborhood we can find a little bit of ancient Rome: the remains of a tower of the roman walls in Largo Carrobbio and the sixteen “columns of San Lorenzo” coming from some roman buildings. The columns were used as an atrium for the ancient Basilica di San Lorenzo, built between the 4th and 5th centuries.
We’ll see the amazing architecture of the church walking around the lovely Park of the Basilicas.
Not far from here we’ll discover the remains of the ancient Porta Ticinese that opened along the medieval walls of the city. After a stroll along Corso di Porta Ticinese we’ll reach the ancient Basilica di S. Eustorgio, whose history is connected to the legend of the Three Wise Man, and Piazza XXIV Maggio close to the Navigli district.

October 20, December 29: The monumental face of nineteenth-century Milano and the intended use of the Sforza Castle and the treasures of Parco Sempione

The tour, mainly on the outside, aims to highlight the expansion and development of the nineteenth-century city from the point of view of the definition of the historic and monumental center, starting from the urban and economic center of capitalism and the rising city bourgeoisie, symbolized by the institutions of credit of Piazza Cordusio, to then proceed through the axis of travel of via Dante, specially created by the Urban Plans of the time, aligned with regimes of hygiene and urban decor, towards the barycentric area of ​​Piazza Cairoli and Foro Bonaparte, scenario of opening of the Sforzesco Castle. Entering it, we will observe the first defensive, then residential, and finally museum civic structure with its cultural institutions present, starting with the Rondanini Pietà Museum, inaugurated with a view to MilanoExpo 2015 in the former Spanish Hospital in Piazza d'Armi. It is a very modern setting, now completely renovated but which still retains the charm of history. After a walk inside the Piazza d'Armi, the Ducal Court and the Rocchetta Courtyard, we will leave the Porta di Barco and the famous "telescope" until we reach the Sempione Park, we will look for the Park Library, the Arena, the Ponte delle Sirenette, the Palazzo dell'Arte, the Branca Tower, where one of the towers of Milan stands out, built by Gio Ponti in 1933 and renovated by the Branca brothers starting in 1985, to then conclude under the triumphal arch of the Arco della Peace.

October 22, December 31: Discovering the Navigli district among history, waterways, innovative projects on sustainable mobility and famous people

The tour, entirely outdoors, aims to enhance the historical, architectural and environmental heritage of the south-west quadrant of Milan, along the Duomo-Carrobbio-Ticinese route.
We start by getting on tram no. 12, and during the journey the testimonies of the religious architecture of via Torino will be presented: S.Maria at S.Satiro, S.Sebastiano, S.Giorgio al Palazzo, the Carrobbio and the axis of the Ticinese with the Columns of S. Lorenzo.

At the descent of the stop a short foray into the Parco delle Basiliche to admire the complexes of S. Lorenzo, S.Eustorgio and the Diocesan Museum.
Following, the discovery of the neighborhood and its history, with the characteristic railing houses that are now very redeveloped, the courtyards and the alleys, the Conca di Viarenna as evidence of the past of the waterways and the entrance of Candoglia marble into the city. .
Then entering Piazza XXIV Maggio along the new project of the redeveloped dock with a view to Milan Expo2015, the touristic and territorial route of the Alzaie del Naviglio Pavese and Grande opens up and a passage to the main attractions of the area: Conchetta, Vicolo Lavandai, Chiesa di SM delle Grazie al Naviglio, Center of the Engraver, Casa Merini, Ponte dello Scodellino.

Notes on the project to reopen the Milanese canals, progress, the sections concerned and the territorial system of the 5 canals of Lombardy.
Closing in Piazza XXIV Maggio under the Cagnola door, in the places of the Milanese nightlife.

October 27 and 29 : The Brera District, the roots of Milan’s contemporary creativity

Named after the famous picture gallery Pinacoteca di Brera housed in a magnificent building that  features one of the most beautiful baroque courtyards in town, the charming Brera District has developed over the centuries from an aristocratic residential area, as shown by its elegant palazzo- façades, to a picturesque artists’ neighborhood where workshops, art galleries and antique shops lived side by side with pubs and taverns.

Over the last decades Milan’s success as an international fashion and design capital has turned the neighborhood into a trendy district swarming with glamorous fashion boutiques and design and furniture shops. But Brera’s amazing old-Milan atmosphere still survives in its narrow stone-paved streets and in its secluded squares, where old churches rich in history harmoniously match with refurbished former working-class blocks, still showing their courtyards that once used to be the heart of Brera’s life.

November 3 - Brera between Fiori Chiari and Fiori Oscuri. The neighborhood of artists, prostitutes and soldiers

The first stop on our journey will be in the monumental Piazza Scala, one of the most representative faces of the city of Milan on an international level, thanks to the presence of the noble Theater and the statue of Leonardo da Vinci, which attract tourists from all over the world.
But turning the corner into Via Verdi, our steps will immediately take us to a neighborhood with a different spirit, an irresistible atmosphere made of narrow streets, curious boutiques, art galleries, elegant mansions, which in the evening comes alive with cafes and picturesque premises. Brera will reveal itself step by step with its characters with "clear and dark" stories and an unmissable stop will be the Palazzo della Pinacoteca and the Accademia, which has always been the pulsating center of the artistic and bohemian life of the neighborhood.

November 5 - From Mercanti square to Grazie sanctuary, along Corso Magenta

From the heart of medieval Milano in Piazza Mercanti, our walking itinerary starts in the folds of the city center, to approach corners full of interest, but daily neglected by unwary eyes. We will take the time to stop and tell hidden stories of fascinating places, ancient eras and characters that have made Milan unique. Passing from Piazza Cordusio, we will walk along Corso Magenta which will reveal many surprises, until we reach the marvelous Basilica delle Grazie, where Bramante and Leonardo worked side by side in the full Renaissance.

November 10: Walking Tour along Brera District

Historical-artistic walking-tour in external, along Brera District, famous for the Art Gallery and for the place attended by various artists and the students of Brera's Academy; we'll visit the main court where there is the statue of Napoleon I built by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova and you'll be listening to the history of the building and its interiors, including other institutions.
During the walking-tour, we'll meet other building and churches, like,for example, the former Fossati Theatre, the churches of S. Tomaso in Terramara, S. Maria del Carmine, and at the end the Basilica of San Simpliciano the last place built during S. Ambrose's age.

November 12, December 15: Walking-tour from Cordusio Square until  Sforza Castle

Historical-artistic walking-tour in external, from Cordusio Square (important economic siege not only for Milano) along Dante street, characterized by various restaurants and shops, that links the square to Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco in Italian), one of the symbols of Milano, that has a big artistic and historical importance (it was the siege of the various rulers of Milan). The Sforza Castle is the siege of various museums, from archaeological until modern art, in which there are works of important artists also famous all over the world like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti; besides, it is also used for various both musical and artistic events.

November 17 and 19: Brera: A perfume shop, a crib and a chimney

Starting from Piazza Mercanti, we pass by the Scala, whose facade with a sober and elegant character often leaves visitors a little surprised. Along via Verdi and Via Brera, between art galleries and perfume shops, we head to the heart of the neighborhood, towards the Palazzo di Brera, an essential destination for art lovers. We venture along its narrow cobbled streets, now full of restaurants and clubs, once full of other houses, and we reach San Marco with its unexpected nativity scene. But our visit does not end there. Let's take a look at the nearby village of Porta Comasina, where we like to imagine that the religious, artists and prostitutes of Brera mingled with the merchants, shopkeepers and workers of this neighborhood, whose industriousness is testified by a high chimney. .

Novembre 24 and 26 - Eclectic and in evolution. With Luca Beltrami in the Milan of the late nineteenth century

An impetus of change enlivened the souls of the Milanese after 1861: once the Unity of Italy was reached, Milan changed its face, rethinking squares, streets and buildings. 160 years later, Milan has not lost the desire to evolve. While Piazza Cordusio is preparing for an ambitious redevelopment and via Orefici is the subject of a redevelopment project, we will take a dip in the Milan of the late nineteenth century, to discover new urbanizations and passionate feelings. From Cordusio, along via Dante to the Torre del Filarete of the Castello Sforzesco, a walk in the heart of the city, in the footsteps of Luca Beltrami, one of the great protagonists of Milanese eclectic architecture who changed the face of our city and saved Castello Sforzesco , starting a careful program of restorations that brought it back to the ancient splendor of the times of Ludovico il Moro and Beatrice d'Este. 

December 8 and 10: The historic cafes of Milan, shops of flavors and traditions

In a contemporary and eclectic Milano, despite the various changes that have taken place in the last centuries and decades, it is still possible to discover that world of coffee and pastry shops that characterized the city between the 1700s and the 1900s.

Between past and present, the historic shops will revive the sweetest and most political vision of the city. Aristocracy, bourgeoisie, conspirators, writers, Belle Époque reveal step by step customs, interests and actions conceived and put into practice in various local citizens.

During the visit, numerous anecdotes will lead you to re-immerse yourself in the daily life of the past, to remember Milanese specks captured by different writings and paintings.

The history of coffee will also be rediscovered, a new and precious ingredient, fundamental for the invention of a new drink that upset Western habits.

Finally, we will underline the history of Panettone, a dessert so well known but with legendary and distant origins.

December 1: Jewels, armours, merchants and courtlife from Cordusio medioeval square to the Sforza Castle

How can we get from Cordusio to the Sforza Castle ? Not only straight down via Dante. 

The tour that connects two symbolic places of the city such as the ancient Piazza Mercanti, a stone's throw from the Cathedral, and the Castello Sforzesco, will be an opportunity to discover the history and transformations of the beating heart of the city but also to delve into the network of alleys which until the end of the 19th century were the ones that were used to connect the two important city points. We will immerse ourselves in the Sforza ceremonies, among the weapons and loves of the most elegant court in Northern Italy, we will discover the richness and worldwide fame of the districts of crafts, testimonies of the creative and tenacious Milanese industriousness, in the past as now, up to walk the pedestrian via Dante, an elegant showcase of the social and architectural turn of the century.
Between cafes and architectural experiments, theaters and spectacular buildings, we will cross the city center in space and time.

December 17: Walking tour along Duomo square and S. Babila square

Historical-artistic walking-tour in external, from Duomo square, characterized by the two covered walkways and by the monument of king Vittorio Emanuele II, that links the Duomo (the Cathedral of Milan) to the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II; we'll visit by external the Duomo, one of the symbols of Milan, religious heart of the city, rich of history and architectural and sculptural art. We'll walk then along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, that links the Duomo with our final destination: S. Babila square, characterized by various shops and by the presence of the church S. Carlo al Corso and by the rests of the Herculean Thermal Baths. Finally we'll reach S. Babila square, where we'll visit in external the church of S. Babila that gives its name to the square.

December 22 and 24: Milano highlights

A walking tour through basic Milano, starting from the Palazzo della Ragione, heart of the medieval city, heading to the Sforza Castle, once a fortress and gorgeous noble residence. Passing by the Duomo, the spectacular Gothic Cathedral symbol of Milano, the Galleria, a monumental luxury shopping-center, the La Scala Theater, one of the most famous opera and ballet house in the world, and the artists' quarter in Brera, with its picturesque corners, cool boutiques and typical restaurants.
An itinerary through history, art, culture, music, fashion and good food, to be able to say you really know Milano.