Classic Milan Photo Tour day & night in detail
Group Tour starts from Piazza del Duomo (Duomo Square) h. 09.00 AM in daylight, or by night every Wednesday evening h. 20.00 (08.00 PM), at the so-called “blue hour”, capable of providing beautiful images.
Led by one of our experienced Teachers, you will explore and photograph the heart of Milan, certain to take away fascinating memories and images back with you.
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Starting Point: Duomo Square – Piazza del Duomo – Milano
Underground Stop = Fermata Metropolitana = Red Line M1 + Yellow Line M3 = Duomo
The course of the Photo Tour will touch the most famous historical sites of Milan:
Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square, named after Holy Mary) is the cultural and commercial center of Milan.
Enclosed between the Duomo (Milan Cathedral), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and the shopping streets, it is the true heart of the city.
It’s a popular venue for residents and tourists.
The construction of the Cathedral, in Gothic style, began in 1386.
The work has been very long and with many changes, the church was consecrated twice in 1418 and 1577, and was completed only in 1932.
It is the third largest Catholic church in the world, after St. Peter’s in Rome and the Seville Cathedral in Spain.
On the top of the major spire stands the golden Madonnina (Virgin Mary) statue, built in 1774, height 108.5 m (356 ft), which for centuries was the highest point of the city, until the realization of the modern skyscrapers: Pirelli Tower (year 1960, height 127.1 m = 417 ft), and Palazzo Lombardia (year 2010, height 161 m = 528 ft).
To follow the tradition that the Madonnina is the highest point in Milan, on top of these two skyscrapers were placed copies of the Madonnina.
Milan Cathedral has more than 3,500 statues outside and 52 columns inside, that is decorated with numerous stained glass windows.
At the center of Duomo Square stands the equestrian statue of the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy (1820-1878), who was the first King of Italy after the unification of the Kingdom in 1861, achieved by the General Giuseppe Garibaldi with the famous expedition of the Thousand.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping centers around the world, and the oldest in Italy.
The gallery is named after the first King of the Kingdom of Italy.
It has been designed in 1861 (year of the unification of Italy) and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. It has a glass dome, a mosaic floor, and many shops, cafes and restaurants overlooking the inside.
Scala square, Statue of Leonardo da Vinci (1872), Palazzo Marino (the seat of the city administration), and Teatro alla Scala which is one of the most famous theaters in the world with over 2000 seats
Via Tommaso Marino.
Piazza San Fedele: original facade of Palazzo Marino (1563) and Church of San Fedele (1579).
House of Omenoni (1565).
Piazza Filippo Meda: bronze sculpture “Sun Discus” (1980) by Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Shopping and fashion streets: Via Pietro Verri, Via Monte Napoleone.
Square and Church of San Babila (IX Century).
Church of San Carlo al Corso (1847).
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II towards Duomo.
Optional: short visit inside the Duomo (Turist Ticket 2 Euro, daylight Tour only).
Via dei Mercanti
Piazza Mercanti (XIII Century) and Palazzo della Ragione, the medieval heart of the town.
Until the late 19th century, Oh bej! Oh bej! (the most important and traditional fair of Milan) was held in Piazza Mercanti.
Orefici Street with the Tram: the oldest model is the “Peter Witt” from 1928, still in service.
Cairoli Square with equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Castle Square with the fountain.
The Castle “Castello Sforzesco” (1360-1499), among the largest in Europe, was built (as we see it today) from 1450 by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the ruins of a previous XIV Century fortification, known as Castrum Portae Jovis (Castle of Giovia Door), and over the centuries has undergone more remarkable transformations.
It has been completely renovated in the period 1891-1905, with the reconstruction of the Filarete Tower (above the main entrance), which had collapsed as a result of a fire.
Today the Castle includes many fine museums: Medieval weapons and armours, Ancient musical instruments, Tapestries, Ancient Egypt, and several others.
Please Note: the visit inside the walls of the Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione and its attractions, are only available during the daytime Tour.
Entrance from Filarete Tower and visit inside the walls.
Castello Sforzesco: exit north side through Sempione Park.
Sempione Park = Parco Sempione, one of the oldest (1893) and largest of Milan.
Pace Arch = Arco della Pace (1807-1838).
Viale Emilio Alemagna.
Palace of Art (1933), seat of Triennale Exhibition and Fountain “Mysterious Baths” (1973) by Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978).
Branca Tower, height 108 meters (1933).
Optional: ascent with the lift on the panoramic tower (Turist Ticket 5 Euro).
At last Cadorna square with the sculpture “Needle and Thread”.
Underground Stop = Fermata Metropolitana = Red Line M1 + Green Line M2 = Cadorna
End of the Tour about h. 13.00 (01.00 PM) in daylight, or h. 23.00 (11.00 PM) by night.
After the Tour, we suggest you to visit the beautiful Museums of the Castle “Castello Sforzesco” (Turist Ticket 5 Euro), in the afternoon or next day.