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Private Milan Walking Tour

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From: $64.68

tour duration

2 1/2 Hours

start time

09:30 AM –  02:00 pm

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

Piazza Duomo, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Meet your guide in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, one of the most important plazas in Milan. During your 2 and a half hour Private Milan Walking Tour your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of this ancient city.

Your first stop will be the unique Duomo of Milan with its gorgeous marble Madonnina’s spires and statue and its elegant flying buttresses. Its construction took almost six centuries; although the different architects tried to respect the chosen gothic style while visiting the interior it is possible to see the different styles reflected in the beautiful decorations. This is probably one the reason why the Duomo is so unique and famous. You will visit also the roof that hides many beautiful marble artworks!

After the visit of the Duomo you will enjoy the beauty of the stunning Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery. Probably one of the first shopping malls in the world, the gallery will enchant you with its elegant boutiques and cafés and its beautiful roof built with glass and cast iron. Called “il salotto di Milano”, Milan’s drawing room, the gallery it is the center of the city’s life. You will soon reach Piazza della Scala where the famous Theater of La Scala is located. Thanks to its stunning interiors and the exceptional acoustics La Scala is considered one of the world leading opera houses. In 1913 the unique La Scala Museum was opened in order to showcase to the world an incredible theater collection. Your guide will walk you through the beautiful and vast collection that includes original costumes, set designs and musical instruments.

Here your tour will end, we suggest to continue to explore on your own this elegant city or to live like a real Milanese and enjoy an aperitivo in one of the many elegant and original bars of the area!

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– English speaking local guide (2 1/2 hours)

– Visit of Milan’s Duomo

– Visit of La Scala Museum

– Visit of Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

– Entrance fees for the Duomo’s Roof and La Scala Museum

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Piazza Duomo

– Milan’s Duomo

– Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

– Piazza Della Scala

– La Scala Opera House

– La Scala Museum

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Piazza Duomo, more details at booking

Duration:
2 1 /2 hours

Return details:

La Scala Museum

La Collegiata – San Gimignano

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The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, simply called the Collegiata, is the most important church of San Gimignano. Located in Piazza Duomo it is mostly famous for its stunning frescoes’ cycles by Ghirlandaio, Gozzoli, Di Bartolo and many other important artists. In 1990 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular the frescoes were described as “works of outstanding beauty”.

The original church was built around the 10th century and dedicated to San Gimignano, its remains are buried here. However in less the two centuries the importance of the city had grown so much that a new church was needed. In the following centuries many statues and frescoes were added.

The Collegiate was built in Romanesque style, except the two chapels added later in the Renaissance style. The façade is very simple, there are two doors on the side and no central portal.

The interior is characterized by the use of colors: the nave colonnades are decorated with black and white marble, the volt is painted with lapis lazuli and gold stars.

The famous frescoes were added mostly during the 14th century. They are divided in cycles: Old Testament, New Testament, Last Judgement, Annunciation, San Sebastian and the one dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The different artists, all coming from the Sienese School, were deeply influenced by the Byzantine style and the Giotto’s renaissance style.

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Also one of the Collegiata’s Chapel was dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The legend says that when this young girls passed many miracles occurred. The chapel is considered a stunning example of the Renaissance style.

During the Second World War the church was seriously damaged, luckily a restoration in 1951 bring it back to its original splendor.