Map for the curious
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For all those who happen to be in Milan as actual tourists, but also for the inhabitants who are just eager to know more about their city, we are please to provide some information about a number of places which are worth visiting near our shop.

These are curiosities you are not likely to find in standard tourist guides. Therefore, enjoy the following brief descriptions that – we hope – will make your sightseeing even more interesting and your shopping in Milan more amusing, too!

Moreover, we intend to point out how lucky we are to run a shop right in the heart of the city centre, namely an area that is very rich in past historical vestiges. Among the sights that are not to be missed there are, for example, some very old ruins dating back to Roman times.

Point 1: Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower) San Gottardo in Corte
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Address: Via Pecorari, 2

The bell tower of San Gottardo is a work by Francesco Pecorari da Cremona and dates back to around 1336.

The belfry is an areal room encircled by 24 double columns to sustain a high cone dominated by a bronze statue of San Michele. The belfry is described as “the wonderful clock” thanks to its special mechanism that strokes the hours according to the Italic system: the first toll at sunset, with a total of 24 tolls at the end of the day.

Source: Milano passo a passo, Hoepli, Decapoa, Collarin, Scilipoti.

Point 2: San Giovanni in Conca
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Address: Piazza Missori at the corner of Via Albricci

Piazza Missori maintains an interesting fragment of Medieval History. Good-humouredly called by the Milanese inhabitants “decayed tooth”, meaning what remains of the abse of San Giovanni church.


The church can be dated back to 13th century whereas the crypt, whose access is only possible through a modern stairs, was built in 11th century. The story of this place is linked to Bernabò Visconti, who was the master of the city together with his brother Galeazzo II. Bernabò had a passion for dogs. In fact his castle was named Cà dei Can (Dogs’ House). Rumour has it that he particularly loved mastiffs and that he owned more than 5,000; he wanted the population to take care of them and he used to punish those who failed to feed the animals properly.

Source: Milano passo a passo, Hoepli, Decapoa, Collarin, Scilipoti.

Point 3: Cannon Ball
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Address: Corso di Porta Romana, 3

Leaving the shop on your left, you just need to walk a few steps to discover a piece of Milan history: in Corso di Porta Romana, 3 you’ll be able to admire Palazzo Acerbi, a building from the 17th century which belonged to the Milanese senator Ludovico Acerbi. If you look up at the shelf positioned on the right of the first balcony, you will see a cannon ball: it was shot on 20th March 1848 during the famous 5-day insurrection in Milan - as attested by a tiny plaque placed below the ball.


Palazzo Acerbi is well-known not so much for its baroque architectural style (particularly sober and austere) as for his owner Ludovico Acerbi, a senator and marquis from Milan who, during the spreading of the Plague in Milan, used to organize several parties attended by the nobles who hadn’t left Milan. He also used to ride in a carriage about town, followed by a crowd of servants. Notwithstanding such exaggerated social life - rather outrageous for the period - neither the inhabitants nor the illustrious guests of that palace caught the plague. This fact provoked rumours that the building was inhabited by the devil himself.