Sant'Ambrogio

A XIX century’s secret Courtyard

Today, we try something different. From Navigli we take Via Cesare Correnti, heading north, to Duomo. I am particularly fond of Via Cesare Correnti: it is full of old shops and boutiques. Its unusualness stands in comparison with more fashionable and crowded streets nowadays. Here, shopwindows are old and dark. Store signs are gloomy. This street reminds me of old pictures of Milan from the ’90s, or the ’80s perhaps. Continue reading

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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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Sant'Ambrogio

The wanderer, the explorer, the saint

Sunday morning in Milan, 08.30 am. The city awakens in this very moment. Shops and cafes are opening, people jogging or walking their dogs. I have been wandering for 2 hours, so far.

When I left my bed, this morning, it was 6.25 am. I sat on the bed and contemplated the sun light glowing over the curtain of my windows. Then, I went out. Continue reading

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