• LOCATION 13 | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

    Via Laghetto

    Cross over and turn left into via Laghetto then keep going.

    Street names tell us a lot about the history of a place. Laghetto means “little lake” and that’s exactly what you had here. In 1388, Duke Giangaleazzo Visconti had this small inland port created specifically for the boats bringing in marble for the Duomo. The area was very insalubrious because the stagnant water allowed mosquitoes to proliferate and cause malaria so it was covered over in 1857 by the ruler of Milan, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.

    Coal and wood were also brought here so you could hardly breathe for black soot. The good thing about that is it helped keep the plague at bay.

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