1. Italy
  2. Lombardy
  3. Milan
  4. San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 47394
Enjoy a different kind of tour that takes you off the beaten path in Milan. With your local guide you’ll head out on a 3-hour walking tour away from the more touristic areas, and discover the hidden gems of a city that reveals itself little by little.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Take a walk along the medieval commercial streets around Via Torino
  • Discover some of Milan's oldest buildings in Piazza dei Mercanti
  • Admire the Church of San Maurizio, known as the Sistine Chapel of Milan
Full description
Make the most of your Milanese stay and experience the gems of the city found off the beaten path, away from the most popular city sights. Meet your guide at the corner of Via Torino, for a 3-hour walk in the medieval commercial district.

See where the old artisan activities survive in the street names: Via Spadari (sword makers), Via Cappellari (milliners), and Via Armorari (armorers), for example.

Savor freshly made cream cannoli from the old Panarello pastry shop, or the traditional focaccia at the Princi bakery.

Behind the inconspicuous façade of San Satiro church, you'll discover the amazing solution adopted by Bramante to create space where there was no space! Admire some of Milan's oldest buildings at Piazza dei Mercanti, once the center of the city's medieval market. The 13th century Palazzo della Ragione was built to symbolize the independence won from the Germanic rulers. See the Loggia degli Osii and the Palace of the Palatine School, Milan’s first university.

The Church of San Maurizio awaits with its collection of 16th-century Renaissance frescoes. Bernardino Luini, who painted most of the church, was a Lombard artist who worked with Leonardo da Vinci.

Saint Ambrose is not only Milan's patron saint, but also was a charismatic personality. Archbishop Ambrose lies in the crypt of the basilica founded by him in the 4th century, which is considered by locals to be the true church. The Romanesque-style church features scary mythological animals overlooking the patio and columns with the marks of the devil's horns.
  • 3-hour private walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Admission fees (where required)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips/gratuities

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Meeting point

Milan Duomo (cathedral), in front of the central main door

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note, this tour does not run on Sunday mornings
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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  • Value for money
    4 / 5
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Stefania was an excellent tour director! Would recommend her to all!

September 6, 2019

very informative and personable

There is a lot to discover in the quarters around the cathedral if you can get the right instructions. Our guide was very competent, personable and was able to answer our questions and respond to our requests. Not cheap, but worth it.

July 29, 2017

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Product ID: 47394