Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio

Milan is a nice city: if you take your time and raise your eyes you'll find out most charming corners, and if you are able to forget traffic and its frenzied pace you'll discover it is a wonderful art city.
Watching at it from a different point of view is certainly worth while.
So, here you go with a new section of MilanoSecrets: you'll walk along the shopping trails with a new twist, artistic and cultural, and you'll soon become the best-informed, the most attentive and the most stylish of your group. Of course (but this is a secret we won't disclose to anybody) we're going to pick up only those palaces, churches, monuments and museums which are located close enough to cool shops and windows!

We love culture, but … our wardrobe deserves attention too!

Our art pieces are written by Fabio, a passionate fan of art matters and a great Milanese walker, but all references of some significance are validated and confirmed by MilanoSecrets!


Brunch, shopping and culture?
Sant'Eustorgio's Basilica is the right place for us!
The area all around is gorgeous and just before visiting the Church there is time enough for some shopping.
The Laura Urbinati shop for a bon chic bon genre look you couldn't manage to achieve even in Marais. 

It's high time we repented from our sins, isn't it? Let's go to the church now!

It is one of the oldest, most beautiful and interesting church in Milan. It is located a stone's throw from another more renowned early Christian basilica, San Lorenzo's basilica, and from its well known Roman columns which stand exactly on the via ticinensis, that is Corso di Porta Ticinese.

Founded in the IV century and brought to completion in the XVI, the church has got a traditional Romanesque plan featuring a nave and two aisles. The outside is clad with the typical Lombard red brick.
Inside there are many frescos dating back to the XIV century and a wonderful polyptych from white marble located over the altar. The side chapels, which have been gradually built in the course of the centuries, have also got some remarkable frescos.
The most famous among them, the Portinari chapel, is located behind the apse and represents one of the major examples of the Lombard-Tuscan Renaissance style. But it is the origin of the basilica what turns it into a unique and charming place.
It was raised in the IV century to host the relics of the Magi brought to Milan, the then capital of the Western Roman Empire, from the far-off Constantinople. Due to Barbarossa's  sack, the precious relics were stolen and brought to Cologne.
It was only in 1906 that some relics were given back, and today they are kept in a small shrine placed close to the Magi's Sarcophagus. The basilica's bell tower features an eight-pointed star, standing for the comet which led the Magi to Bethlehem, in the place of the traditional summit cross.    

The Magi in Milan! This is worth a stroll, dropping in the many weird shops of the area.

You've got hungry, haven't you?
Just a very short walk and you'll find a city institution, the right place to refresh yourself with big sandwiches, oversized hamburgers and gigantic chocolate cakes: welcome to California Bakery.

Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio 1

Laura Urbinati
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio 6

California Bakery
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio 4

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