This Week!
This Week!
    Italiano    Chinese?
In order to fight any further diffusion of COVID-19, public and private meetings are strongly discouraged in all the country.
People must stay at home. A distance of a meter or so is kept in case of any personal encounters. Webcams have temporarily become the default communication tool.
Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, exhibitions, theaters, concert halls and cinemas are closed till Monday, April 13 at least; so are schools and universities. Supermarkets, pharmacies, tobacconists and computer shops are allowed to make exceptions to the rule. Sport events have been suspended at all. More official news here.

Not far from the Piazza Duomo - only the short Corso Vittorio Emanuele lies between them - Piazza San Babila has been long famed as a pupular meeting-point for the affluent Milanese. A couple of theaters are reminders of those days, although the real "in" people now rarely show into such crowded surroundings.

Most of the square's architecture comes from the Fascist 1930s. Nearby Corso Matteotti is named after a Socialist MP killed in 1928; it was previously called Corso Littorio to honor Mussolini's favorite emblem.

The big fountain in the middle of Piazza San Babila is fairly recent, having been donated to the town by Fiera Milano, the Milan Exhibitions authority, in 1997.

The church dedicated to Saint Babila (pronounce bah-bee-lah, with the stress on the first vowel) was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, an example of the notorious "rebuild-it-as-it-might-have-looked" approach. Its origins are nonetheless really ancient, having been traced back to the 5th century.

Piazza San Babila BreraMontenapoleoneLa Scala

Duomo district
subwaySan Babila
Point of Interest map


KIWI Milano    Creative Commons License
.:. CiaoMilano was conceived and is edited by KIWI Milano. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Italy License.

.:. Icons by

.:. copyright © 1997-2020 Roberto Peretta, Milano; copyright © 1997-2006 Monica Levy, Roberto Peretta, Milano
.:.Monica Levy, who created this website in 1997, is no longer with us. Her smile is behind this word.

Bus + Da Vinci = No Problem
Milan city tours
Double-deckers? A visit to the San Siro stadium? The Last Supper, otherwise difficult to book?
You can reserve a bus or a specialized tour through our partner Viator.
Booking coming
Booking going