• LOCATION 15 | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

    Via Sforza

    You're going to cross the street ahead. But before you do, stop and check out the lovely house on the opposite corner directly in front of you. It's a great example of Milan's eclectic architecture. This creative blend of different styles from the past into something original was very popular in the late 1800s among the wealthy bourgeoisie. It was their way of showcasing their culture, taste and prosperity.

    Ok, when you're ready, cross the street, then turn right.

    It might be a bit noisy on this stretch of our walk so you might need to turn me up a bit here

    The broad road you're on now Via Sforza, was once the city’s canal and it stretched all the way round the outside of the circular walls built in the late 1100s. You could only enter the city by crossing one of the bridges and paying your taxes at one of the 6 fortified gates or 10 smaller postern gates. Alas the walls no longer exist but we still give this road the very picturesque name of Inner Circle of the Canals or the Naviglio Interno.

    Keep going along Via Sforza. You'll hear from me further ahead.

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