Welcome on UberTOUR, our brand new service, designed in collaboration with Città Nascosta Milano, to give you a unique experience: a journey through the time, from the past to future of the city.
Find the itinerary below:
Starting point: Castello Sforzesco
From fortress to museum, since 1360 the Castello Sforzesco has been at the heart of Milan.
Built by Galeazzo Visconti, for 650 years it has been a testimonial of the renovation of the town, the most modern Italian city. During the period of Francesco Sforza and Ludovico il Moro it became well known for the majesty of its court. Leonardo da Vinci painted the Sala delle Asse here, which has recently been restored. Today the museum, walls also protect one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces: the Pietà Rondandini.
First photo stop: San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
The Lombard “Cappella Sistina” and the ruins of the Emperors’ circus
A beautiful 16th Century painting painted by Bernardino Luini and his sons, has been preserved here . You can also see one of the towers of the roman circus, visible from Via Luini. Close by, in Via Brisa, behind Marchesi Caffè, there are the ruins of the imperial palace. It’s said, that nearby is where Giulio Cesare was introduced to butter and exclaimed the famous quote “de gustibus non disputandum est!” meaning ‘In matters of taste, there can be no disputes’.
Transition: Piazza Affari – the “business square”
Where a roman theatre is hidden and contemporary art makes fun of money
Only a few know that, under Piazza Affari, there are ruins of a roman theatre, visible only by request. The ruins are situated between Palazzo Turati and Palazzo della Borsa – the stock market palace, designed by Paolo Mezzanotte in 1931.
Since 2010 the controversial Cattelan sculpture, “L.O.V.E.” (libertà, odio, vendetta, eternità – liberty, hate, revenge, eternity) has been placed in front of it. The sculpture is, a cruel denouncment of modern corruption.
Transition: Il Duomo di Milano
A city icon, like the Colosseum for Rome, known as the stone ‘forest’ because of its many stone spires
Construction of the building started under Visconti family in 1386, this was the first skyscraper of the city! There was an unwritten rule that no other building could have been taller than the Madonnina on the Gran Guglia. In order to not break it, first Pirellone and then Regione Lombardia’s building put a copy of the famous Madonnina on top! Of the 2300 sculptures that decorate the external part of the church, one gave inspiration to the New York Statue of Liberty. Built by Camillo Pacetti in 1980, called La legge nuova, it is located on the facade. It’s up to you to discover where!
Transition: Teatro alla Scala
The most loved music and lyrics temple of the world, where la Callas became famous.
Commissioned by Gian Giacomo Durini for the empress Maria Teresa d’Austria and located where the church of Santa Maria della Scala originally was, designed by Giuseppe Piermarini, it was started in 1776 and completed two years later. Inaugurated on the 3rd August 1778 with “l’Europa Riconosciuta” of Antonio Salieri, it set on fire during WWII english – American bombing in the summer of 1943. Rebuilt in record time, it was relaunched by Toscanini on the 11 May 1946, it is one of the most famous theatres in the world.
Second photo stop: Brera
Milanese Montmartre, between art, faith and perdition, home of the nightlife
For centuries it was the district of powerful Umiliati and Gesuiti orders, the name comes from Braida (grassy space).Their building is currently one of the most important Italian Pinacoteche, with masterpieces of Piero della Francesca, Raffaello and Caravaggio. In the XX century, Brera was famous for bordellos, nowadays prestigious buildings, and for taverns where bohémien artists could find a hot meal.
Third photo stop: Piazza Gae Aulenti
The charme of the “city that get taller”, where also woods are vertical.
From Solaria, Solea and Aria Towers, the tallest Italian residential buildings, to Unicredit Tower, the tallest italian skyscraper at 270m a here everything is vertiginous. The “Spire”, inspired by Duomo’s steeples, is visible from 10 km away and redefines the milanese skyline. The square is a perfect example of well done urban planning.
From this place, you can see the “Bosco Verticale”, designed by Stefano Boeri, launched in 2014, it is a residential complex that became a worldwide example of “ virtuous and exportable urban development”. Composed of two towers of 80 and 112 meters, fully covered by trees, it is an example of a perfect marriage between nature and architecture, the trees creating their own microclimate and filtering the light.
Transition: Arco della Pace
When Napoleon dreamed to transform Milan in the padanian Paris
The masterpiece of Luigi Cagnola, designed in 1807 to celebrate the arrival of Napoleon in Milan, became with him sparkling capital of Regno d’Italia, it is the only example of Milanese triumphal arch. Left incomplete, it was finished by Ferdinando I d’Austria in 1838. It is dedicated to peace between european nations reached in 1815 with Congress of Vienna.
Arrival point: La Triennale
The Design kingdom where design addicts find paradise!
Born in 1923 as an overview of industrial and decorative arts, La Triennale is the italian and international design centre. The building, designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1993, hosts the Design Museum, contemporary exhibitions, a garden full of installations and sculptures and, on the rooftop, a spectacular restaurant, from where you can see a priceless view on the city.