hidden milan renaissance tour

Milan Gay Tours
has conceived the Hidden Milan Tours as two complimentary parts, for who has already experienced the Highlights Tour but also for who would like to take a walk off the beaten tracks, even it is their first time in the city.  You can select them separately or together according to how much available time you have.

In the neighbourhood of piazzale Cadorna there are many important historical sites, treasures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, sometimes almost hidden and less known but nonetheless very interesting to visit.

In this itinerary we will start from a Renaissance gem, the church of San Maurizio (aka the “Sistine chapel” of Milano) that was built over Ancient Roman ruins, some of which are still visible. The interior decoration will astonish you and there you can discover the paintings of Caravaggio’s teacher. Afterwards walking through narrow medieval streets, we will reach the romanesque church of Saint Ambrogio, dedicated to the patron Saint of Milan and heart of the devotion of the city. It is over 1000 years old and famous for its solid gold main altar.


From Sant’Ambrogio we can move to the imposing church of Saint Lorenzo, that is over 1500 years old and famous for the sixteen roman marble columns in front of it, that were placed here in the 4th century AC after removal from a likely 2nd century AC pagan temple or public bath house structure. Now this place is used by the Milanese as a meeting point before heading to an aperitivo in Ticinese and Navigli areas, whose visit you can add as an additional service. 

The Navigli were a system of five navigable and interconnected canals around Milan: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana (these three connected through Milan), Naviglio di Paderno, Naviglio di Bereguardo. Nowadays, during the summer, only the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese canals operate a tourist navigation system connected to the Darsena (the Porta Ticinese dock), but all year long these are wonderful locations where to stroll around, with plenty of small shops, fancy bars and restaurants that make the area also a very popular nightlife pole.

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1 Adult –  110€

2 Adults – 190€

3 or more Adults – Please ask

+ Any Additional Service

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Departures everyday all year round


  • San Maurizio church

    San Maurizio church

  • Sant'Ambrogio church

    Sant'Ambrogio church

  • Columns of San Lorenzo

    Columns of San Lorenzo

  • Naviglio Grande canal

    Naviglio Grande canal


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