Milan – Aside the typical tourist routes

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Our second day. 8:00 in the morning. Shafts of sunlight made us awake. And we thoughts: Milan has to be more than Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. So, let’s jump into the tram and let’s discover it.

We started out tour at the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, consecrated in 387 by St. Ambrose and later named after this same saint. During the eleventh century, it was reconstructed in a Lombard Romanesque style being the first church to adopt this style and which made it became the model for this kind of church for the years to come. The current architecture of the church dates back to the 12th and 13th century. Funnily, a long dispute between the monks and the capitular about the use of the altar and the right of the chimes led to the construction of two bell towers: the one of the capitulars (Campanile dei Canonici) on the left side, the one of the monks (Campanile die Monaci) on the right side of the entrance.

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Following our way in the Southern direction we walked across the Parco delle Basiliche, a lovely green treasure with some children’s playgrounds that is connecting the basilicas of Sant’Eustorgio and San Lorenzo. The park benches invite you for quick break, enjoying the warm Italian sun.

A park just created for children! The Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli has been installed as an English Garden in the middle of the 19th century. Today it’s the ‘home’ of all children with all its playgrounds, fun rides and during winter times even an skating rink.

 

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A must for fashion victims is a side trip to the corso como, a shopping and dining complex that combines art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. It was founded in 1990 by gallerist and publisher Carla Sozzani.

If you need a break and want to get some food inspiration, you should visit the basement floor of the Unicredit building. There you can find various food stores offering everything what’s on your mind. To our surprise, there was even a market on the place above with local products.

Last but not least we loved exploring the new built quarter of Porta Nuova, one of the main business districts of Milan. Named after the well-preserved Neoclassic gate built in 1810 on this site, it is now one of Italy’s most high-tech and international districts, containing the country’s tallest skyscraper, the Unicredit Tower. Porta Nuova has a 2017 city GDP of €400 billion, which makes it Europe’s richest district within any city.  Definetely an eye catcher is the Bosco Verticale, a pair of residential towers. They have a height of 111 metres and 76 metres and contain more than 900 trees (approximately 550 and 350 in the first and second towers, respectively) on 8,900 square metres of terraces. The towers were designed by Boeri Studio and involved input from horticulturalists and botanists.

 

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