The Middle Ages in Milan - Streets to Be Discovered
Location: Castello Sforzesco
Address: Piazza Castello
Just a short walk from Castello Sforzesco, a Medieval treasure built as a defensive position by Galeazzo II Visconti between 1360 and 1370, you’ll find Via Brisa, with the remains of the imperial palace of Mediolanum, from the time of Emperor Massimiano. Not far off is the ancient Via Torino, where traces of artisans’ workshops can be found on the surrounding streets of Via Orefici, Via Spadari and Via Speronari as well. The web of side-streets still offers a look at the soul of a neighbourhood right out of the Middle Ages. On Corso di Porta Ticinese, the Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the most notable monumental complexes from the late Imperial Roman era. Not to be missed either is Piazza Sant’Ambrogio - with its early Christian Romanic church - and, next door, the famed Pusterla, a bizarre “reconstruction” of a Medieval gate. In Piazza dei Mercanti, meanwhile, with Palazzo della Ragione, the Loggia degli Osii, from the 1200s, there was once a bustling marketplace.