The Chiesa di San Maurizio is a tribute to the ancient history of Milan. The 16th-century church and surrounding gardens have been restored and feature some of the best-preserved frescoes in the city. The gardens contain the relics of a Maximian wall. History enthusiasts will love exploring the ruins.
The Chiesa was once home to one of the most significant women’s convents in Italy. Inside the former convent buildings is the Archaeological Museum of Milan. The museum covers the ancient history of the area, as well as dedicated exhibits to the medieval period and Greek and Egyptian history.
Start by exploring the grand church. The building itself dates back to 1503, but remains in excellent condition. The vaulted nave is home to a series of 16th-century frescoes by notable figures. See walls painted by Bernardino Luini and his son, Aurelio. Opposite these is a large piece by Simone Peterzano, said to be the painter’s first in Milan.
Visit the Hall of Nuns to discover paintings depicting Saint Catherine, Saint Agatha and the Marriage at Cana. Here you’ll also find the church’s pipe organ. The organ was constructed in 1554 and consists of 70 notes split between pedals and keys. Visit the church on a Sunday between October and June to hear the organ played during the celebration of the Byzantine Rite.
Outside the church you’ll discover two towers, one of which is the church’s bell tower. These polygonal towers are remnants of the Maximian wall that once cut through the church grounds. Continue through the gardens to reach the former convent, now home to Milan’s Archaeological Museum. Learn local history by seeing ancient relics and paintings. The museum contains information on both ancient and medieval Milan, as well as exhibits on Greece, Egypt and Israel.
The Chiesa di San Maurizio is located in central Milan. Reach the museum on foot by following Via Meravigli, which leads away from the Piazza del Duomo. Two metro stations also serve the area. The church is open daily. There is an admission fee for the archaeological museum.
This glass and steel fronted hotel is set in a quiet street off the Piazza Duomo, site of Milan's symbolic cathedral, and within 250 meters of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and La Scala Opera.
Located in Magenta, this hotel is steps from San Giuseppe Hospital and Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Santa Maria Delle Grazie and Civic Museum of Archeology are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro Storico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Civic Museum of Archeology, Santa Maria Delle Grazie, and Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Cathedral of Milan and Castello Sforzesco are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro Storico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Reale, Cathedral of Milan, and Piazza del Duomo. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro Storico, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Milan, Piazza del Duomo, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Civic Museum of Archeology and Teatro alla Scala are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro Storico, this apartment is steps from Ambrosian Library and Chiesa Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro. Piazza Cordusio and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 minutes.
Situated 200 meters (219 yards) from Sforzesco Castle, this Milan hotel also lies at the northern end of Via Dante, a pedestrian-only shopping street leading to the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral.
NH President Milan is located right in the city center, a 5-minute walk from the Palazzo Reale and Duomo Cathedral. San Babila Metro Station is 7 minutes on foot from the hotel, and Milan's fashion district is a few minutes by cab.