Less Familiar Milan
Hidden treasures, curious sights, local legends

The Friend in Milan tour guides are people who have lived in Milan for years, and have developed expert knowledge of the more unusual sights in the city. The Hidden Treasures tour generally lasts for 3 hours, and it is a walking tour of Milan (transport can be included on request, at additional cost). It can be tailored according to your tastes and your location. Here are some examples of some of the less familiar sights that can be included in a Milan guided tour:

  • A Renaissance perspective illusion, creating a 9-metre space in the depth of just 90 cm
  • A chapel completely lined with skulls and bones
  • A housephone in the shape of a giant ear
  • A cannonball that has been stuck in a wall for over 170 years
  • Unexpected subject-matter in the Cathedral’s sculptures – Mussolini, Napoleon, boxers, cats and dogs
  • The Leonardo da Vinci horse sculpture, a fascinating story of ambition and tragedy
    • Prices:
    • €50 per hour for a group of 1-4 people (museum/monument tickets not included)
    • €60 per hour for a group of 5 or more people (museum/monument tickets not included)

    San Satiro, an optical illusion

    The church of San Satiro reveals a delightful Renaissance optical illusion designed by the architect and artist Bramante.

    Art Nouveau

    Art Nouveau architecture was adopted enthusiastically by Milan, where it was named Liberty. DIscover it with a tour by A Friend in Milan.


    Brera was the artists’ district, and today its cobbled streets and picturesque squares make it one of the most pleasant areas of the city.

    Milan Central Station

    Milano Centrale is the largest railway station in Milan, in Italy, and in Europe. It is fascinating for its monumental architecture and decoration.


    The church Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio in Milan is dedicated to the city's patron saint, Ambrose, and it includes a fascinating heritage of art and tradition.

    San Maurizio

    San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a church entirely decorated with Renaissance frescoes that have given it the nickname of “Milan’s Sistine Chapel”.

    Cimitero Monumentale

    Milan's Cimitero Monumentale - Monumental Cemetery - covers a space of 250,000 square metres with a superb array of lavish tombs and sculptures

    Colonne di San Lorenzo

    The Colonne di San Lorenzo are a row of columns in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Today they are familiar as a focal point of nightlife in Milan.

    San Simpliciano

    Slightly set back from Corso Garibaldi in Milan, the Basilica of San Simpliciano is a lovely, ancient church permeated by an atmosphere of peace.

    San Bernardino alle Ossa

    San Bernardino is an unusual sight, a highlight on a Milan guided tour. The bones used as decoration were intended to demonstrate the brevity of human life.

    Casa degli Omenoni

    Palazzo degli Omenoni is a house featuring a series of sculptures depicting captives or caryatids. It was the residence of Renaissance sculptor Leone Leoni.

    Leonardo’s Horse

    From 27 September 2020, the Ippodromo del Galoppo in Milan opens, and, in addition to the racing, you can see Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. Take a guided tour.