Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the Cenacle of Milan
June 3, 2019
At this point, you are two steps away from one of the most popular destinations for tourists: the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the Cenacolo Vinciano. Just keep in mind that if you want to admire this masterpiece, you must absolutely book the visit: the guided tours are not held every day, and only 25 people are allowed at a time. The guide advises you not to go there for the adventure because it is established that you would find yourself in endless rows. This is the part of the milan tours
Not far from Santa Maria Delle Grazie, still on Corso Magenta, guides suggest you visit another gem: the church of San Maurizio at the Maggiore Monastery, one of the most beautiful churches in the city, known as the “Sistine Chapel of Milan” for the extraordinary frescoes in its interior.
The Navigli and the Columns of San Lorenzo
You are not far from the Duomo, but at this point, the weight of the day could begin to be felt. Get on a tram and rest for the time of the few stops that separate you from Via Torino , one of the busiest shopping streets in Milan (not to say chaotic) in absolute terms. Go through it all (quiet, it’s short), and you’ll be just a few meters from one of the university’s nightlife centers, the one with the most relaxed atmosphere and a few dollars for a beer or an aperitif: you find yourself in front of the famous Columns of San Lorenzo .
Guides advice is to walk the whole Corso di Porta Ticino: if you are a lover of craft shops, vintage accessories and, above all, of street art, you cannot absolutely give it up. From there to the Navigli the step is short: the Darsena (reopened and returned to the city and its inhabitants on the occasion of Expo 2015) starts right from Porta Ticino.
At this point, you just have to play around discovering shops, courtyards, romantic, and local alleys for an aperitif or dinner. You are in one of the most vibrant areas of the city, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods ever, frequented day and night, and worthy of being known.
Your day in Milan will be coming to an end, but I hope yours is just a goodbye. There are some other suggestions ready to give you if you ever get the chance to come back. You could, for example, spend an evening in the elegant Porta Romana district, in Via Marghera or in Corso Sempione, all areas full of bars and restaurants of all kinds. Or you could visit the Isola neighborhood, another place where Milan doesn’t even look like it, one of the most evocative historic districts of the city.
Or, again, discover the beauty of the Monumental Cemetery and that of the Church of Sant’Ambrogio . If you are in the mood for cultural events, you will not be able to miss one of the many exhibitions that, during the year, follow one another in the Royal Palace , as well as a visit to the Museum of Science and Technology (one of the largest in Europe) and a walk through the loggias and courtyards of the splendid seat of the State University.