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Underground Milan Tour: The Strange, the Gothic, and the Eerie

Enjoy a unique underground Milan tour. Unearth the city’s deepest secrets – from disappeared churches to underground crypts.

Underground Milan Tour: The Strange, the Gothic, and the Eerie

The Secrets of Milan

Explore the curious and the mysterious and discover the secret side of Milan that few tourists, and even fewer locals, get to see.

Off the beaten paths

We’ll take you off-the-beaten path and into the city’s historic gothic churches and deep down underground crypts and hidden wonders.

Intrigue

From city legends to historical intrigue, our unique small-group walking tour will expose Milan as never seen before.

Underground Milan

Meet in Piazza del Duomo, in front of the impressive gothic masterpiece the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, and begin a guided tour of the secret side of Milan.

Medieval churches

Then visit the medieval Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, and adjoining bone house of the dead. Learn about the historic Ca’ Granda hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in Europe and built by a Florentine architect to help the city’s poorest people.

Sunken Crypts

After, a tour of the sunken and lost Crypt of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Conca, whose remaining Romanesque ruins are one of the most important sites of Milan history.

Optical Illusions

And finally, we’ll take you to visit to the Renaissance church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro with its early-medieval shrine, where you will uncover one of history’s greatest architectural optical illusions, known as trompe l’oeil in the art world, which will leave you stunned at the genius behind it.

Highlights of Underground Milan Tour: The Strange, the Gothic, and the Eerie

  • Visit the medieval Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, and adjoining bone house of the dead
  • Learn about one of Europe’s oldest hospital – the Ca’ Granda hospital
  • Tour the crypts of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Conca
  • Witness the early-medieval shrine of Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Tour Details

The finer tour details:

Includes:

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente (external)
  • Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa
  • Ca’ Granda (external)
  • Crypt of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Conca
  • Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Not Included: Transportation to and from the meeting point is not included.

Weather: This tour runs rain and shine

Extra Information:

We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and if rain is forecasted, bring a small umbrella as well.

Transportation to and from the meeting point is not included.

Meeting Point

We’ll confirm the meeting point with you after booking.
If you would like a private transfer to the meeting point please choose the optional add-on.

FAQ's

We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

Reviews

1 review for Underground Milan Tour: The Strange, the Gothic, and the Eerie

  1. Elizabeth Case

    This tour was excellent. The things we saw we would never have found on our own, and they were very unique and interesting. The guide was very good – she gave just the right level of detail, and moved us along when we had seen enough. The university/hospital portion was by far the most interesting section of the tour. I would suggest making that a more prominent piece of the description of the tour. More detailed instructions about where exactly to meet would be better than “the plaza in front of xxx museum”. But once we found her it was great. Thank you for offering this tour!

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