Colonne di San Lorenzo
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Neighborhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Missori • 9 min walk
  • Sant'Ambrogio • 9 min walk
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Jeanne maria Griffin
Rome, Italy36 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
This ancient Roman colonnade is my favourite place in Milan. You enter through a medieval gate (Porta Ticenesi) in which the trams also pass and there is a square bordered on one end by the impressive Roman columns which front the beautiful San Lorenzo church. At the end is a smaller old arch. The area has a trendy, Bohemian Vibe and is frequented by young Milanese. The bar I stopped at just outside Porta Ticenesi was fairly inexpensive.
Written December 25, 2021
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Located in front of Basilica of San Lorenzo, is a group of ancient Roman ruins. Consists mainly of 16 tall Corinthian columns in a row facing an open square. In the 4th century , the columns were moved here, after removal from a likely 2nd century pagan temple or public bath house structure.
Written February 20, 2020
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,799 contributions
Apr 2020
Usually this beatiful and storical area was full of young people who met here day and night before the cursed coronavirus.
Written April 25, 2020
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Feb 2019
Colonne di San Lorenzo is situated in front of the Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and consists of 16 Corinthian columns, from the 2nd century, brought here from another site - as it is believed it was either a pagan temple or a public bath. Not a "must-see" but you can't avoid taking a look if you are strolling in the area.
Written January 31, 2020
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BOLTS_1
Richmond Hill, ON9 contributions
The Colonne di San Lorenzo is the place to be. There are few to no tourists. This is where the people of Milano go, and the students. It is a very social, fun atmosphere. During the summer it is packed until the early hours of the morning. Lot's of drinking, smoking, lots of fun!!! It is also close to other great nightlife. Do not miss it, but only if you are respectful and social....and ready for great times. DMV
Written September 12, 2006
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ariel howard
California Desert, CA9 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
This square is one my favorite in MIlan. It is full of young people in the evenings hanging around having drinks playing soccer and chitchatting with their friends.

The ancient church and columns are stunning

My only complaint is that there are always these Egyptian and Syrian drug dealers that keep pushing drugs on me all the time when I come here and the police seem to do nothing about it
Written June 8, 2019
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Munyoz
542 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Something to use as point of information for the Navigli and Duomo. It didn't seem that safe in the evening as I passed the way to go and return for my walk to go from the Navigli to Duomo. Some random people hanging around, probably pushers or not to be there for the laugh. The architectural part is impressive but not magnificent.
Written January 10, 2017
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Kris8628
Paris, France15 contributions
Old column in central Milan! A piece of history :-) We went there with my family - we're all quiet old now :-) but we were all surprise to see this piece of history in this neighbours!
Must definitely visit it!
Written April 5, 2015
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Jenica A
Chicago, IL48 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
This was kinda cool to look at, in the evenings a bunch of 20 somethings gather there to drink and socialize. It was kinda fun to go there and hang out, but everyone is basically in their own group of friends... not a place you'd go to meet people or by yourself.
Written December 13, 2014
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susvegara
Madrid, Spain1,798 contributions
The columns are located in Corso di Porta ticinese which is a 10 min walk down from the Duomo down thru Via Torino, which is a shopping street with more reasonable prices than most others in Milan.
They are originally from the II and III century and this one of the little arquitecture that is still visible these days from that time. They are right in from of the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggoire which is from the IV century and one of the ones to visit while you stay in Milan. In between the church and the columns, milanese young people love to sit and have a drink or a chat with friends. There's not many tourists around so the prices of the drinks in the bars sorrunding the area are quite reasonable. They also do happy hour and have terraces where you can smoke if you want to (remember all bars and most restaurants in Milan are non smoking).
We strolled by many times and enjoyed the area, the atmosphere and the scenery a lot.
Written April 11, 2010
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