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Balancing grandeur and antiquity, the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore is one of Milan’s oldest churches and an inescapable testament to Italy’s rich historical past. The basilica stands majestically, revealing breathtaking palimpsests of architectural styles from different eras and serving as a spiritual haven to the devoted and history buffs alike.

History This venerable basilica was initially constructed in the 4th century and has weathered the trials of time, including invasions and bombardment during WWII. Over centuries, San Lorenzo Maggiore underwent numerous transformations, incorporating Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural elements. It enshrines Milan’s ecclesiastical history while offering awe-inspiring art and architecture.

How to Get There The Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore straddles Corso di Porta Ticinese, a short jaunt from the iconic Colonne di San Lorenzo. It’s within walking distance from Missori Metro Station on Line M3. Alternatively, the church is accessible via tram routes 3, 9, or bus lines 94 and 52.

List of Attractions

  1. The Church: Its interior hosts a splendid mixture of architectural styles, from ancient mosaics to Renaissance frescoes.
  2. Chapel of Saint Aquilino: Famous for its exquisite, early-Christian mosaics.
  3. The Church Treasury: Home to a collection of sacred artifacts, reliquaries, and vestments.
  4. The Courtyard: Offers a moment of tranquility within the bustling city.
  5. Nearby Colonne di San Lorenzo: Ancient Roman ruins which add to the historic atmosphere.

Ticket Information Access to the church and courtyard area is free of charge. However, entrance to the Chapel of Saint Aquilino and the treasury requires a nominal fee. For the most updated information, refer to the official church website.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Dress modestly, in accordance with etiquette for religious sites.
  2. Organize your visit to coincide with the quiet morning hours to truly appreciate the serenity.
  3. Don’t miss the Chapel of Saint Aquilino and its early-Christian mosaics.
  4. Seek out the secret garden with ancient ruins for a tranquil escape.
  5. Consider a guided tour to grasp the full depth of the site’s historical and religious significance.
  6. Check in advance for any special events or masses.
  7. Practice respect and silence, keeping in mind this is an active place of worship.
  8. Don’t forget to look up and around; beautiful architectural details encompass the entire building.

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