From the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio along Corso di Porta Ticinese and Via Torino to the church of Santa Maria at San Satiro: the short walk of seven churches, an itinerary that allows you to retrace the ultramillennial history of the city, through some of the most representatives religious buildings of the history of Christianity and architecture of Milan. The route evokes the homonymous Roman pilgrimage promoted by San Filippo Neri and coincides with the road taken by each archbishop of Milan on his first entry into the city. It is no coincidence that the itinerary starts from the square in front of the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, where, according to an ancient tradition, San Barnaba would have baptized the first Christians of Milan.
The following stages are represented by the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vittoria, whose church was opened to the public only during the 17th century, following the suppression of the adjoining convent, and by the monumental Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest churches in Milan. After turning in via Torino, the route continues with the church of San Giorgio al Palazzo, whose first construction, dating back to the Longobard era, was built on the ancient remains of the imperial palace of Roman Milan. The current Baroque building houses the beautiful frescoes in the Chapel of the Passion by Bernardino Luini.
A little further on is the church of San Sebastiano, whose erection is due to the desire of the then governor of Milan to build a civic temple that served as a votive act for the cessation of the disastrous plague that struck Milan. Slightly off-center from the path of the walk, located in the square of the same name, stands the church of Sant’Alessandro. The interior retains a veritable sample of the most important Lombard artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, among which the names of Camillo Procaccini and Daniele Crespi stand out. After the baroque magnificence of Sant’Alessandro, the path ends with the church that best exemplifies Donato Bramante‘s contribution to Renaissance architecture, Santa Maria at San Satiro.
A journey through art, architecture, religion and tradition to discover the richness of the history of Milan and its artistic heritage spread throughout the city.
N.B. The itinerary includes an internal visit to the churches of Sant’Alessandro and San Giorgio al Palazzo. For visits to the interiors of the other churches included in the itinerary, see the individual in-depth visits.
For a better use of Sant’Alessandro frescoes, it is advisable to bring binoculars.
- Offers to visit the churches of Sant’Alessandro and San Giorgio al Palazzo
- 2-hour guided tour conducted by a guide with regular professional licence and headsets during the sightseeing tours *
* headsets guaranteed upon reaching 15 participants
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point
- Food and beverage ( if not indicated in the program ) Tips (optional)
- Personal Extras
DepartureBasilica di Sant'Eustorgio - Milano
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the visit in front of the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio