The guided tour starting from Milan to the Certosa and the city of Pavia: it’s an original journey through the masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art and architecture.
We will start our day by visiting one of the most famous monuments of the Italian Renaissance, a few steps from Milan: the Certosa of Pavia.
Ten years after starting the construction of the Milan Cathedral, the duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti, began the construction of the Certosa of Pavia, which began in 1396 and ended in just 50 years, a certain period of time, but which saw more and more names alternating known of the Lombard art of the time, from Guiniforte Solari, architect of great churches in Milan such as Santa Maria delle Grazie or San Pietro in Gessate, up to Amadeo, which intervened in the church of Santa Maria near San Satiro and in San Maurizio al Monastero Greater; saw engaged in projects Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante, was decorated by great artists such as Bergognone and Bernardino Luini.
Inside you can admire, in addition to a splendid Madonna by Perugino, also the stained glass windows of de Mottis, also active in the Duomo of Milan, various altarpieces by Bergognone in which he alternates suggestions taken from Roman antiquity with the most modern innovations of Antonello from Messina and Vincenzo Foppa, until reaching masterpieces of the masters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries such as Morazzone, Guercino, Cerano and Daniele Crespi, who trained at the Accademia Ambrosiana, had just completed the decoration of the Certosa di Garegnano.
A Carthusian monk will accompany us to discover the treasures of the transept and apse, where the tombs of Gian Galeazzo, Ludovico il Moro and Beatrice d’Este fit into splendid decorations ranging from the frescoes by Bergognone and Bernardino Zenale to the splendid inlaid choir of the abyss. We will then explore the cloisters, the refectory decorated with the scene of the Last Supper and the monks’ cells, and then end up in one of the largest cloisters in Italy, once decorated with frescoes by Vincenzo Foppa.
In the afternoon we will move to Pavia, where we will be able to admire the main religious buildings of the city starting from the church of San Michele Maggiore, a prototype of the medieval Romanesque church, characterized by the particular ocher color of the sandstone and the rich sculptural decoration, of great beauty and charm . After admiring the romantic Ponte Coperto (also called Ponte Vecchio) that connects the historic city center and the rest of the city with the picturesque district of Borgo Ticino, we will then head towards the imposing Renaissance Cathedral, whose construction commissioned by Cardinal Ascanio Sforza , brother of Ludovico il Moro, began in 1488 under the direction of the architect Cristoforo Rocchi and continued with Giovanni Antonio Amadeo. The building is influenced by Bramante‘s design contribution and the similarity of the Pavia Cathedral with the contemporary Milanese studies of Leonardo da Vinci on buildings with a central plan is evident. The grandiose octagonal masonry dome, one of the largest in Italy in terms of height and width, is the fifth highest after the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, San Gaudenzio in Novara, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and the Duomo of Milan.
We will end the day with a visit to St. Peter’s in golden sky, so called because of the golden ceilings, founded according to tradition, by the Lombard king Liutprando to house the remains of St. Augustine, preserved in the splendid Ark of St. Augustine, a masterpiece of Gothic sculpture of national importance, work of Comacine masters.
Among great architectures and amazing sculptural decorations, the journey to the Certosa and the city of Pavia will lead us to discover the wonders of one of the richest cities in Lombardy, so dear to the Visconti and the Sforza as the city of Milan.
7.30 am: departure from Milan
9.00 am: arrival at the Certosa di Pavia – Guided tour of the Certosa di Pavia – Transfer to Pavia
Guided tour of the church of San Michele – Guided tour of the city center and the covered bridge – Guided tour of the Cathedral of Pavia – Guided tour of the church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
7.30 pm: arrival in Milan.
- private motor coach transportation as per itinerary
- guided tours as scheduled (Certosa of Pavia, city center, church of San Michele, city center and the covered bridge, Cathedral of Pavia
- Offers at churches
- Headsets during the sightseeing tours
Guided tours are conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point
- Food and beverage unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal Extras
DepartureVia Paleocapa, 4 - Milano
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the visit in via Paleocapa 4 (MM Cadorna)