The rising Milan: a contemporary architecture itinerary in the Porta Nuova and Garibaldi districts


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Religious Heritage, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

The painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni helped to shape the Futurism an avant-garde movement founded in Milan and when 1910 he painted "the city rises" he couldn't imagine that about one century afterwards instead of brownfield you could have seen the complex of exciting buildings that has forever changed the city's skyline. This is called by the Milanese "la città che sale", the rising Milan, and 2012 has become the symbol of the Milan of today.

The two new districts were erected next to the very spot where the sixteen century Spanish city walls used to be and are recalled by the city gate Porta Garibaldi. Walking one minute down you find the Leonardo da Vinci's locks that he designed for the Martesana Canal and after sipping a coffee or an aperitivo you come across the Milan's best preserved early Christian monument, the Basilica of San Simpliciano (4th century).
This the city where I was born and raised, it is a pure combination of contrasts and stratifications!


The Porta Nuova and Garibaldi districts
The Leonardo da Vinci's locks
The Basilica of S. Simpliciano

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I can pick you up at the hotel if it is in the historical centre otherwise we meet in corso Garibaldi 116 in front of the Church S. Maria dell'Incoronata.
You can reach the church by metro (subway): stop Moscova - line 2 (the green one), when you get out you walk 3 minutes (290 metres).

End location: piazza S. Simpliciano.

Duration: 4 hours


It's a walking tour, if the meeting point is at your hotel though, a taxi or private car may be required and in this second case I can provide a professional driver and a high quality vehicle registered for passenger transport to be booked in advance.

What’s Included

A four hour private guided tour carried out by a professional registered tourist guide of Milan and art historian.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 Euro - Aperitivo/coffe/tea.

What’s Extra

Means of transport of any kind.

Private transportation + professional driver are quoted upon request and must be booked in advance.


I am not a driver but I am can arrange transportation upon request.

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Barbara is a delight: gracious, resourceful and very accommodating.
Leanna Mix

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