Around the corner, on Via Circo, # 4, there was the Liceo Classico Statale “Tito Livio.” A plaque on a nearby facade marks the house where Attilio de Marchi, the Italian historian, writer, and philologist, lived and died.
A small section of the ruins of the ancient Roman Circus of Milan, from the period when the city was known as Mediolanum, can be seen along Via Circo. At the time of its construction, this was the largest Roman circus in the world. The circus was mainly used for chariot races, but the odd fight between gladiators did take place here, now and then.
The Church of San Bernardino alle Monache dates from 1447, and was designed by Pietro Antonio Solari. Because of damage suffered during World War II, the church was closed to the public. After undergoing a major renovation, it was opened once again to worshipers, in 2007.
The Regio Liceo-Ginnasio Alessandro Manzoni is located at Via Orazio, # 3. The school was founded by a royal decree, in 1884. It is worth seeking out, for its beautiful facade!
A plaque on a nearby building honors Gaetano Pini, a doctor, philanthropist, and professor, who died in the building in 1887.
On Via Santa Valeria, you will find what was once the Headquarters of the Società Filatura Cascami Seta. This is one of the first buildings built by the architect Piero Portaluppi, in the early 1920’s. Today, it houses sections of the Catholic University.
Next up: On our second day in Milan, we visit the Catholic University, and much more!
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