Enjoy this Photo Tour of Milan in 6 stages: improve your Italian discovering the best creative spirit you will find in the city!
For our students tired of usual rounds and canons tourist routes, , our Italian school recommends an innovative path to the discovery of Milan a bit ‘different from normal: you may visit Milan through a more curious and unusual point of view! Take a camera with you and you will experience the best creative spirit that you can find around the city.
First stop: starting from the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, whose refectory hosts the famous Last Supper. But more than the external facade of the Church, it is very much more fascinating cloister outside, which is located behind the altar: wanted by Ludovico il Moro around 1490, was the place chosen by him, to bury Sforza; and in fact, in 1497, there was buried his wife Beatrice d’Este.
Second stage: ten minutes walk along Via Carducci, we come to the Basilica di San Lorenzo, one of the oldest churches in Milan, which is today not only a monument from the early Christian and medieval, but also a key point of history of Milan and the Ambrosian church. Placing your camera just barely crossed the entrance of the Basilica, we could take some suggestive photographs of the portico in front of the church and the interior façade.
Third stage: from the Basilica, walk along Via Lanzone, Street Circus, Street cap and turn in Via Sant’Orsola up to reach the goal: Piazzetta Borromei. We are now at the crossroads of so-called “Five Street”, which refers to the meeting point of ancient streets of Milan in 1600 turns:
for the first in San Sepulchre (Via del Bollo), the second in San Maurilio (Via Santa Marta) the third at St. Ursula (Via Santa Maria Podone), fourth in Corso di Porta Vercellina (Via Santa Maria Fulcorina) and the last to Corduce (Via Bocchetto). All are small and narrow, cobbled, which still retain the flavor of the history of Milan and therefore are particularly suitable for the photo tour that Milan wants to grasp every nuance, ancient, present and future.
Fourth stage: to the left of Piazza Borromei find Piazza Affari, and the heart of the Milanese economy, locomotive of finance and the Stock Exchange of Milan. For a photo that aims to capture the contrast, the sneer symbol of capitalism in Milan, this is the place. At the center of the square, in fact, was installatadito Cattelan in 2010 one of the latest creations of the sculptor Maurizio Cattelan, “LOVE”, otherwise called “the finger of Cattelan”: the work consists of a huge hand in the gesture typical of the fascist salute a helping hand, but the time has deprived of them each finger except the middle finger fraught, thus becoming an act outrageous and irreverent own against the very seat of Piazza Affari, symbol today of the modern right, no more fascist, but capitalist
Fifth stage: on the right of Piazza Affari we find Piazza Cordusio, which connects us to the Cathedral of Milan through another place worth visiting: Piazza dei Mercanti. Founded in the mid-thirteenth century as a center of communal life in the Middle Ages, opened with six entrances to many city activities, which also took the name the streets (Via Armorari, Via Spadari, Via Cappellari, Street Jewelers, Speronari Street, Street Fustagnari).
But our wish is to reach the terraces on top of the Duomo: the sun, these days, sets around 7.30 pm, and this is the best time of day to take the panoramic photographs and suggestive views!!!