Strolling around palaces in Milan is like going back in time. In the IVth century Milan was called Mediolanum, it was the capital of the Western Roman Empire and was featured by beautiful baths, a circus, a theatre and even an Imperial Palace. There are few remains now within the ancient Roman Walls. In Piazza dei Mercanti (the Merchants Square) you can feel a Medieval atmosphere, it was the core of the administrative activities and you can still see the ancient Palace of the Region dating back to 1239. A partial view from the XIVth century can still be seen at the Borromean Palace featured by walls covered with frescoes.
From the XVIIth century, you’ll simply be spoiled from choice, from the Annoni Baroque palace up to Litta and Sormani palaces.
The XVIIIth century can be sensed along the coaches avenue, nowadays Corso di Porta Venezia, where you can see the neo-classical Serbelloni Palace and the Rocca Saporiti Palace, while in the Duomo Square the Royal Palace stands out, rebuilt in a more classical shape by Piermarini.
In the XIXth century Milan started to give way to modernity. Dante Street was opened with its buildings that all
feature the same height and an eclectic style that gathers the best aspects from the past architecture.
In the XXth century the town became bigger and bigger and after a short and meaningful opening to the liberty
style (Castiglioni Palace, Galimberti Palace, Guazzoni Palace), the first skyscraper appeared: the Pirellone by
In the third millennium and for Expo 2015 Milan has in store new futuristic districts and skyscrapers to be
perfectly up with the times.
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