Milan’s blockbuster sights, for the most part, lie north and west of the Duomo and its large piazza, so most visitors head in those... more » directions, often missing the less-visited (but no less interesting) places in neighborhoods to the south. While many of these are churches, they offer a lot more than the usual array of ecclesiastical art and architecture, including a few surprises.
History buffs will find a lot to love in these neighborhoods, including some of the city’s best Roman remains and a church founded by St. Ambrose in the 4th century, with intact mosaics from that and later centuries. Shoppers will find chic fashions along Via Torino, at much lower prices than the famous Quadrilatero, and antiques lovers can wander after the tour to find shops near Sant’ Ambrogio. Maritime enthusiasts and those who love science and technology will find an entire museum to get lost in.
These neighborhoods are well worth exploring, and those with plenty of time and energy for a longer walk can add another church, 11th-century Sant’Eustorgio, filled with outstanding works by Renaissance artists. Just beyond it lies the Navigli district, popular on weekends and at night for its plentiful bars, restaurants and music venues. less «