Courtyards are part and parcel of Italy’s architecture, and can be enjoyed throughout the country. Who has not enjoyed a glimpse of the theatrical courtyards in Naples, the ornate Baroque ones in Rome, or the elegant Renaissance ones in Florence?
What few know however are Milan’s discreet courtyards. In a city that is often painted as cold or difficult to access, its intimate and sophisticated courtyards seem even more of a juxtaposition when compared to the grand avenues and austere façades. Yet perhaps precisely because of these, the courtyards here seem to want to make up for this and are as enjoyable as those found elsewhere throughout the country.
As you explore this great city, try to pop into any of the 18th and 19th century palazzi that you come across. Or take a stroll through the Navigli (canal) area. Whether grand or modest, Milan’s courtyards are not to be missed.
– Contributed by International House Milano – (Est. 1953) – Celebrating 57 years of language teaching & learning, offering “Learning by Moving” programs every Friday.