As we said in the last post, Milan is full of Roman Empire remains, but not all of them are so well known. Here another 5 attractions you have to see in Milan historical center:
The Roman Floor
This is just one of the places where you can find an original Roman floor with marble tiles.
In the 1st century BC they used to decorate streets with very colorful mosaics: via Morigi is a prodigy, especially because it dates back to one of the oldest domus of the ancient Mediolanum.
While staying in queue in front of Pizzeria Sorbillo, you will realize you are a few steps from Terme Erculee (Hercules Baths, ndt)
If you pay more attention, you will see the sign indicating a stone wall in a flowerbed, next to an underground parking lot.
You can see something more in the Church of San Vito in Pasquirolo, hidden from the buildings between Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Europa.
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Via Circo, between the current Porta Vercellina and Porta Ticinese, takes its name from the Circus with the games.
Ausonio, a Roman poet of the 4th Century, wrote:
“In Mediolanum everything is worthy of admiration, there are great riches and many are noble houses. […]
The city is magnified and is surrounded by a double circle of walls. There are the circus where the people enjoy the shows, the theater with wedge vaults, the temples, the fortress of the imperial palace, the mint, the district named after the Erculee Baths.
The colonnaded courtyards are adorned with marble statues, and the walls are surrounded by a walled fortification.
Its buildings are more impressive than the other, as if they were rivals, and their size did not diminish even the proximity to Rome.”
What about the Roman Forum? Since the Republican era it was only a few hundred meters from here.
The Roman Forum
In the underground of the Ambrosian Library, they recently found a section of the pavement of Mediolanum Forum, whose dates back to Emperor Augustus.
You can see part of the pavement also in the crypt of Santo Sepolcro Church, built in the 9th century.
From October 18th to January 28th, the Crypt is open every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a suggestive exhibition by the great American artist Bill Viola.
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Basilica of St. Nazaro
Let’s start here for a tour of the Romanesque churches par excellence: St. Ambrose, St. Simpliciano, and precisely the Basilica of San Nazaro in Brolo.
Basilica of St. Nazaro is located just behind Università Statale: it’s one of the churches founded by Bishop Ambrose, now patron of the Milan, in the 4th century, and it’s probably the oldest Latin cross-church of Western art.
Heavily modified in the Romanesque and 16th century, it still holds important works from the Early Christian Age.
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Inside St. Ambrose Basilica
The second church in Milan, the first Roman one, is dedicated to our patron St. Ambrose.
Along the central nave on the left, you can see the Sarcophagus of Stilicone, placed to hold the pulpit.
Stilicone was a Roman general of Germanic origin: nobody knows how and where he was killed, and the name of this tomb is probably a popular tradition.
Nevertheless, this marble molosse of 4th century – richly decorated with the stories of the Nativity – is one of the few remains of the basilica as was wanted by St. Ambrose.