Milan’s Courtyards

April 19, 2010 / Local Interest
Milan, Lombardia

cortilemilano1Courtyards 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 cortilemilano2precisely 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.

8 Responses to “Milan’s Courtyards”

  1. Nice! We also found that visiting the Navigli (canal) area gives you an entirely different impression of Milan – small side streets, picturesque canals, etc, if you need a break from the “big city” side of Milan. :-)


    just wonderful , sections, parts, whatever, its some beautiful sceneries in my ITALIA miss it terrible, but its always in my heart. till the end of time, ciao

  3. Gian Banchero

    What beautiful photos!!! Thank you… When I was a resident of Milano I often visited courtyards as shown, always enjoying the the sudden quiet and instant escape from the city’s frenetic pace. As shown in the last photo sometimes tiny urban villages can be found.


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