This is probably one of the oldest churches in Milan, dating back to before 400 AD / CE. The cupola is over 1600 years old and the mosaic were rediscovered when the affresco were being restored.
Unfortunately not many of the original affrescos have survived but to know that this church has been here thoughout Milan's rich history is amazing and the Pillars that make up the square give this area a very special feeling.
To really see how big the San Lorenzo complex is, it is worth walking along the side to the back, from where nice photos can be taken.
There is a young crowd sitting around the steps and even in November people were sitting outside, chatting with somebody playing on the guitar, while others were studying and writing.
There are some good a recommeded restaurants nearby and one on the right side-alley, offering cuisine from Tuscany, with a full menu at 12 Euro.
It definitively is worth coming here for lunch, about 15 minutes walk from the Duomo, and to visit this paleo-christian church.
At the Carrobbio, start of this side of Via Torino, it is worth going into Via Medici and to walk the cobbled back streets to the Duomo.
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