Sant'Ambrogio

Entering the Medieval Town

Via Edmondo de Amicis defines the upper boundary of the Navigli area, in Milan. It is 1,5 Km far from Darsena and equally distant from Duomo. During the Medieval Age, this road flanked the walls of Milan and, in two different places connected the entrance gates to the city centre (Porta Ticinese and Pusterla di Sant’Ambrogio).

Pusterla di Sant’Ambrogio, despite being the minor entrance, is the most fascinating to me. Built during the XII century, the Spanish turned it into a prison in the 16th century. Gino Chierici restored the tower in 1939, rebuilding it after few ruins were left.

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Navigli

Corso San Gottardo and its Book shops

Corso San Gottardo still keeps connected the southern part of Milan and its monumental Piazza XXIV Maggio, close to the Darsena. It was built at the end of the XIX century and was named after San Gottardo, bishop of Hildesheim (960-1038).

I reached the end of Corso San Gottardo, heading south, to find something that profoundly disgusted me. There used to be a book shop here. More precisely, there used to be two. Continue reading

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