Tour Locations | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace
Corner Porta Romana/F. Sforza
You should be at a crossroads with a pharmacy directly opposite you. Turn right and safely cross over towards the bank keeping the tram lines to your left.
You’re in Corso di Porta Romana, Roman Gate Road. Those first Celtic warriors were conquered by the Romans who renamed the city Mediolanum. By the end of the 2nd century AD they had built opulent marble bath houses, a forum and temples. Along this stretch ran a magnificent colonnaded road leading out from the ancient Roman walls and ending with a triumphal arch here. It was designed to strike awe into those approaching the city from the south-east. Rome may have been the ancient capital but Milan would enjoy a period of unrivalled splendour and pre-eminence in the 4th century.