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Colonne di San Lorenzo

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Part of old Roman ruins

These ruins date from about the 4th century and consist of 16 Corinthian columns that are thought to have been previously part of a pagan temple or bath house. Without seeing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris F
Ipswich, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The square facing the basilica features the so-called Colonne di San Lorenzo (Columns of St. Lawrence). When my husband and I decided to visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore, we did not expect to see this interesting ruins. The Colonne di San Lorenzo dates from the 3rd century AD and according to some historians, probably belonging to the large... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The oldest church in Milan, and an absolute must see. I'm thankful we were able to go when the lights turned on illuminating the church. This made it even more spectacular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These ruins date from about the 4th century and consist of 16 Corinthian columns that are thought to have been previously part of a pagan temple or bath house. Without seeing the building context in which they were constructed they are only mildly interesting. The columns form part of the piazza in front of the Basilica San Lorenzo and you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

These antique pieces in my opinion nothing so interesting but the area is lovely and since you are there it is of course nice to take a look at them

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

You can walk all the way there from cathedral to the canal and this is right on the way . History and modern worl is blend together . Catches the light and sun beautifully

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

not only it is a nice square and interesting remains of a roman temple , but it is now a top meeting place for young people in milano with a very vibrant atmosphere

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Ancient facade of columns not far from the site of the old Roman ampitheater, long since dismantled so the stones could be used to build other Milanese landmarks. Worth seeing in combination with the ancient church across the plaza.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The columns are beautiful as they stand their with the beautiful church. A lot of people were simply chilling there and it seems that there were a lot of locals having a nice time meeting up with friends.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

If you are in Milan, either for tourism or for a business trip, in my opinion this place is definitely worth a visit, also short if you're in a hurry. But these 16 old Roman pillars are really full of charme, put in the middle of a nice square in which you see on a side an old Medieval Town... More 

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The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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