• LOCATION 32 | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

    Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte

    So here we are in front of the oldest clock bell tower in the city and probably the oldest in Italy. You might want to stop for a few seconds to take a look at it. People were so astounded by the noise made every hour that they baptized the road "Street of the Hours". Although Azzone Visconti, who had it built, favoured Tuscan artists, this was entirely the work of a Lombard architect called Francesco Pecorari.

    You'll also see our old friend the Visconti Viper right in front of you. So he has been watching over us from start to end.

    And if you're wondering what that strange twisting sculpture is in the courtyard it's by renowned British artist Tony Cragg. It's called Paradox and is one of 6 similar pieces designed to be placed amid the spires of the Duomo in 2015 for the Great Exhibition. After the event they were all hauled down and this one placed here.

    Now what you need to do is, facing the bell tower, take the narrow street just on the right. It will bring you back to the south side of the Duomo.

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