• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

San Lorenzo Basilica

Majestic, it is preceded by 16 Roman columns, with Corinthian capitals, which delimit one side of the late-antique portico

Where
Milan
Contacts
+39.02.89404129
Official site

The Basilica of San Lorenzo was built towards the end of the 4th century or early 5th century.

It was restored in the 1500s by Martino Bassi after the collapse of the great dome that had swept away a majority of the architectural structures. The current façade dates back to 1894.

The basilica suffered three catastrophic fires, that "of the stork" on March 19, 1071 and other two, respectively in 1075 and in 1121. In 1117 it was seriously damaged by a violent earthquake, which would explain why it was restored by architects in the middle ages.

After you admire the high vaulted archways, frescoed by Carlo Urbini in the late 16th century, be sure to go down to the basement where the stones of the most impressive Roman monument of the city, the Amphitheatre, are concealed.

Another must-see landmark is the Mausoleum of San Aquilino where Milan's oldest and most precious mosaics are found, dating back to the 4th century.

The Columns of San Lorenzo - positioned in front of the entrance to the basilica - are from a previous period but were placed on the site during the construction of the basilica.

In the back of the Basilica is the Park of the Basilicas – known today as Piazza Vetra – which may have been a harbour in the past, but later was used for performing torture, hangings and executions. An 18th century monument was placed here to commemorate a cross that once stood in its place.

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Places

Columns of San Lorenzo

A space in the city where time seems to have stopped: just beyond the Porta Ticinese, one of the most evocative views of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Colums of San Lorenzo
80 mt

Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

  • Lifestyle
Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
85 mt

Museo Diocesano of Milan

Is located in the setting of the cloisters of Sant'Eustorgio, integral part of one of the most antique monumental complexes of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Museo Diocesano, Museums of Milan
406 mt

Church of Sant'Eustorgio

Founded in the fourth century, the basilica was enriched with valuable Renaissance additions and the famous Portinari chapel was built
  • Religious Tourism
Church of Sant'Eustorgio
475 mt

Museo Mangini Bonomi

Housed in an elegant Milanese building, the museum exhibits an extensive collection organized in 40 sections
  • Art & Culture
Museo Mangini Bonomi, Musei Milano
662 mt

Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

One of the symbols of the city of Milan, is dedicated to its patron saint, whose feast is celebrated every year on December 7th
  • Religious Tourism
Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, a monumental landmark
683 mt

Ambrosian Picture Gallery

It houses the largest collection of Leonardo's sheets, the Codex Atlanticus, exhibited thanks to temporary thematic exhibitions
  • Art & Culture
Ambrosian Picture Gallery
693 mt

Navigli district

  • Lifestyle
Navigli district
743 mt

Church of San Maurizio

In the heart of Milan, is defined the Sistine Chapel of Lombardy. Completely frescoed leaves you breathless
  • Religious Tourism
Church of San Maurizio
857 mt

Porta romana

It was the Imperial gate and is the main gateway to Milan. From it started the road to the Ancient Rome
  • Art & Culture
Porta Romana
860 mt

Museo del Novecento

A permanent collection of XXth century artwork inside Palazzo Arengario only a few steps away from the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Art & Culture
Museo del Novecento
863 mt

Duomo Museum

With 26 rooms, the Museum covers an area of 2000 square meters including sculptures, paintings, tapestries, terracottas
  • Art & Culture
Duomo Museum, outstanding museums
900 mt

Royal Palace

Palazzo Reale is one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the link between the city’s illustrious past and its innovative present.
  • Art & Culture
Royal Palace
919 mt

Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

  • Lifestyle
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, inspiring monuments
1.04 km

Carcano Theater

Historic Milanese theater, it is still one of the largest halls in the city hosting prose, dance and music shows.
  • Art & Culture
Carcano Theater
1.05 km

Duomo of Milan

  • Religious Tourism
Duomo of Milan
1.09 km

Vigna di Leonardo

Leonardo's Vineyard is located in Milan, in front of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church; it was given to Leonardo by Ludovico il Moro.
  • Art & Culture
Vigna di Leonardo, museums in Milan
1.12 km

La Scala Theatre Museum

  • Art & Culture
La Scala Theatre Museum
1.13 km

Milan, the Culture of flavours

  • Food & Wine
Pigeon skewer according to Enrico Bartolini
1.16 km

Teatro alla Scala

One of the most famous international opera temples, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan enchants the world with opera, concerts and ballets.
  • Art & Culture
Teatro alla Scala
1.17 km

Events

Exhibition "Mars - close encounters with the red planet"

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia di Milano
Ingresso da via San Vittore 21, Milano
09/02/2018 - 03/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
Exhibition "Mars - close encounters with the red planet"
1.02 km

Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Ingresso Piazza della Scala Milano
01/03/2013 - 31/12/2018
  • Art & Culture
Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo
1.13 km

Love, Museums, Inspiration - Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Via Gesù, 5, Milano
19/01/2018 - 24/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
Love, Museums, Inspiration - Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence
1.61 km

Taste of Milano

The Mall
Porta Nuova Varesine, Milano
10/05/2018 - 13/05/2018
  • Food & Wine
Taste of Milano
2.55 km

Activities

Private Navigli evening tour with drinks

  • Art & Culture
Private Navigli evening tour with drinks
90 mt

Wine tasting in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting in Milan
98 mt

Afternoon Milan food tour with beer tasting

  • Food & Wine
Afternoon Milan food tour with beer tasting
119 mt

Navigli Canals of Milan: Guided Walking Tour

  • Art & Culture
Navigli Canals of Milan: Guided Walking Tour
471 mt

Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk

  • Art & Culture
Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk
586 mt

Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour
663 mt

Biblioteca Ambrosiana tour: the timeless beauty of paper

  • Art & Culture
Biblioteca Ambrosiana tour: the timeless beauty of paper
692 mt

Highlights and hidden gems of Milan tour with a local

  • Art & Culture
Highlights and hidden gems of Milan tour with a local
784 mt

Typical food stores walking tour of Milan with tasting

  • Art & Culture
Typical food stores walking tour of Milan with tasting
787 mt

Personal Shopper Experience in Milan

  • Lifestyle
Personal Shopper Experience in Milan
792 mt

Truffle hunt in Piedmont with Michelin starred lunch from Milan

  • Food & Wine
Truffle hunt in Piedmont with Michelin starred lunch from Milan
792 mt

Milan navigli motorboat cruise with local guide

  • Active & Green
Milan navigli motorboat cruise with local guide
804 mt

Private wine day tour to Barolo and Barbaresco from Milan, with stunning old vintages tasting

  • Art & Culture
Private wine day tour to Barolo and Barbaresco from Milan, with stunning old vintages tasting
818 mt

Off the beaten track wine tour in Monferrato, Piedmont from Milan or Turin

  • Food & Wine
Off the beaten track wine tour in Monferrato, Piedmont from Milan or Turin
819 mt

Private skip-the-line Duomo tour with professional guide

  • Art & Culture
Private skip-the-line Duomo tour with professional guide
861 mt

Best of Milan by night with rooftop aperitivo

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan by night with rooftop aperitivo
861 mt

Museum of Twentieth Century tickets

  • Art & Culture
Museum of Twentieth Century tickets
866 mt

Ancient streets and charming shops private tour

  • Art & Culture
Ancient streets and charming shops private tour
899 mt

Best of Milan rickshaw experience

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan rickshaw experience
909 mt

Super saver tour of the Duomo Cathedral with rooftop terraces and virtual reality experience

  • Art & Culture
Super saver tour of the Duomo Cathedral with rooftop terraces and virtual reality experience
909 mt

Where to sleep

LE COLONNE

Milano
LE COLONNE
96 mt

MY BED

Milano
MY BED
96 mt

ALESSIA CILIA

Milano
ALESSIA CILIA
153 mt

CASA VACANZA

Milano
CASA VACANZA
154 mt

TEMPORARY HOME

Milano
TEMPORARY HOME
211 mt

VIA VETERE 9

Milano
VIA VETERE 9
231 mt

MILAN CITY FLAT 5

Milano
MILAN CITY FLAT 5
238 mt

ARISTON

Milano
ARISTON
238 mt

NICE HOME MILANO

Milano
NICE HOME MILANO
243 mt

TICINESE APARTMENT

Milano
TICINESE APARTMENT
247 mt

REGINA

Milano
REGINA
257 mt

ANCIENT APARTMENT IN MILAN HISTORICAL CENTRE - DUOMO

Milano
ANCIENT APARTMENT IN MILAN HISTORICAL CENTRE - DUOMO
273 mt

VIA SONCINO 3

Milano
VIA SONCINO 3
274 mt

SILVIA PUGLISI

Milano
SILVIA PUGLISI
274 mt

CARROBBIO

Milano
CARROBBIO
278 mt

INNPERFECT APT

Milano
INNPERFECT APT
280 mt

NERINO12

Milano
NERINO12
289 mt

DOWNTOWN MILAN CITY CENTER APARTMENT

Milano
DOWNTOWN MILAN CITY CENTER APARTMENT
290 mt

CASA VACANZA VIA TORINO

Milano
CASA VACANZA VIA TORINO
297 mt

OSTELLO BELLO

Milano
OSTELLO BELLO
299 mt