Milan audio tour: The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

On this tour, I’ll show you why Milan has more to offer than design fairs and fashion houses. We’ll start at the city’s cathedral, which is its most famous landmark, but from there I’ll help you seek out its lesser-known corners. You’ll meet despots from the Middle Ages, colourful characters from the Renaissance and the odd saint along the way. The Grim Reaper puts in an appearance too. (But not for long.)

You’ll also hear about

• Milan’s very own Lady Liberty and Loch Ness Monster
• A duke that got his come-uppance
• A collection of rattling old bones that was transformed into works of art
• Madonnas with dirty faces
• A lovely Baroque park
• A city that might have seemed like Venice
• Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished monument
• Student protests at the historic hospital for the poor
• Black piglets that kept shingles at bay

I’ll point out some great places to stop for coffee and pastries too, as well as a few of the best bars.

Tour Producer

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Deborah Robinson

I was born in England and raised in Scotland and came to Milan in 1986 upon gaining my degree in Italian and French. After working in a company for many years I obtained the two licences to be a tour leader and local tourist guide. This has allowed me to share my passion for history, art not to mention Milanese style. I'm also very fond of sampling local food and the potent wines of Valtellina. When I'm not guiding you can find me cycling round the city in search of great new places to take my visitors. You can check out some of my tours on www.milanwalkingtours.org

Major Landmarks

  • The Duomo

  • Church of Saint Stephen and Bone Chapel of San Bernardino alle Ossa

  • Guastalla Gardens

  • Trivulzio Mausoleum

  • church of San Nazaro in Brolo

  • University

  • church of San Gottardo in Corte.

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts right in front of the central door of the Cathedral. You’ll probably not be able to get very close to it right now so position yourself just behind the barrier rail so that you are looking at the door.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Bone Chapel of San Bernardino alle Ossa, bar Il Panino in via Laghetto, Guastalla Gardens, Panarello pastry shop and coffee shop in Corso di Porta Romana, Abside natural fibres clothes and accessories, Il Piccolo Bistrò in Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo, the University front and courtyard entrance.

Best time of day

You can take this tour any time of day, any day of the week, but your best chance of finding all the venues open is from 9 am to 6 pm.

Precautions

The area is very safe, but use normal precautions against pickpockets because you never know!

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The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace