Milan. Porta Venezia walking tour (2h)
From: 200 €
During this short 2-hour walking private tour you will discover some of the most important Art Nouveau buildings in Milan, those located in the Porta Venezia district. This tour is exclusive because you will visit the interior of buildings which are not open to the public.
The art nouveau buildings in Milan are really a lot, since the liberty period overlapped with a period of great expansion of the city and of large influx of people who came to live in Milan. Porta Venezia has probably the largest number of Liberty Style building in the whole city.
The tour will be guided by a dedicated local expert with special interest and knowledge in Liberty Style who will show you this district, a hidden gem of Art Nouveau. We have built this short-private tour that will help you one of the world cities with more and better kept Art Nouveau buildings.
In just two hours you’ll get a taste of what makes Milan a hidden gem for Art Nouveau lovers. The capital of Italian fashion and design, is one of the largest cities of Italy and its most important economical center.
During the tour you will appreciate that the city welcomed the new style launched by the First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts that opened in Turin the 10th of May of 1902. Four years later Milan had its own International Exposition and some construction took place in the city.
Your personal guide deep understanding of architecture and history makes his tour guidance unique and priceless.
Duration: 2 hours.
Departure time: 9.00am or 10.00am. If you are interested in another starting time please Contact Us.
1 – 4 PAX = 200€
5 – 7 PAX = 225€
8 – 12 PAX = 250€
+12 PAX – If your group is larger, please Contact Us for a quotation
To book this tour start by selecting the group size and the date of your tour on the calendar available in this page.
We present an exclusive 2-hour Private walking tour in Milan’s Porta Venezia area, a quarter that holds a very important place within the history of Art Nouveau in Europe.
This district is famous for its many Stile Liberty buildings with exuberant decorations inspired by the forms of nature, such as plants, flowers, animals and human figures, and a variety of traditional and innovative materials: wrought iron, stone, brick, cement, wood and ceramic tile. On special days you will have the privilege of discovering the interior of two of the most stunning of these buildings: Palazzo Castiglioni and Casa Guazzoni.
Palazzo Castiglioni is a work of Giuseppe Sommaruga, the most popular Art Nouveau architect of Milan. From Monday to Saturday you will be able to admire the interior and have an in-depth visit to the palace. As the palace was built for a wealthy local businessman who wanted the building to reflect his status, its interiors are richly decorated in Liberty style.
On weekends you will see the inside of the wonderful Casa Guazzoni because the tour guide doing this tour on these days in an expert architectural historian who lives there and saw its restoration first hand. You will certainly admire the hall of the building and the exceptional staircase and paintings displayed there.
In the nearby via Malpighi you will see Casa Galimberti and Cinema Dumont, an impressive building that nowadays hosts a local library. In the enlarged District Porta Venezia our guide will show you more interesting spots related to Art Nouveau.
If there is some time left, during the same 2-hour tour, you may also enjoy Casa Campanini, located near the City Center of Milan.
If you love Art Nouveau and only have two hours to dedicate to discover this Art movement, we strongly recommend this exclusive tour. There are several hundreds of Art Nouveau buildings in Milano and during this tour you will discover only some of the nicest ones, visiting the interior of several of them.
If you have more time we recommend you to book longer private tours to have a more in-depth visit. CLICK HERE to get to know the itinerary of the half day and private tours.
Duration: 2 hours.
Group size: Up to 12 people.
Pickup & Drop off
This 2-hour private tour will start at Palazzo Castiglioni and end in front of Casa Guazzoni.
We can suggest you some places to have lunch or dinner after the tour and leave you there.
All days except Sunday you will visit the inside of Palazzo Castiglioni. The days that a congress takes place in the building our visit will be shorter. During weekends you will go inside Casa Guazzoni, and maybe other days too.
The access to Casa Guazzoni interior is included. Palazzo Castiglioni is closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The days that a congress takes place in the building our visit will be shorter. The access to other buildings will depend on the day.
During the tour we will recommend cafés and restaurants to fully enjoy your Art Nouveau stay in Milan.
Food and drinks. We can suggest you some places to have lunch or dinner after the tour and leave you there.
- Pay deposit now. If possible, by direct bank transfer. If you prefer by PayPal or credit card, these payment methods are also available
- Pay the rest in cash to our guide on the day of the tour
You can also pay all this art nouveau experience in advance, by direct bank transfer, not by PayPal or credit card. If this is your choice please email Us.
About Liberty in Italy
At the turn of the Century, Art Nouveau, known as Liberty Stile or Floreale Stile in Italy, answered the drive for modernity and internationalism while not excluding the knowledge based on local, and sometimes ancient, traditions of craftsmanship.
Art Nouveau was very popular in cities like Milan, Turin, Palermo or Napoli, and also in the countryside. The affluent built exclusive art nouveau villas on the shores of lakes, chalets in the Alps and also funeral monuments. Our tours in Milan and Turin include a visit to the city cemetery.
In the years 1900, Milanese industry leaders had their weekend near lake Como or lake Maggiore which explains also the use of Art Nouveau in towns like Verbania, Stresa or Bellagio or the Campo dei Fiori near Varese. We can make tailored made tours to these areas. Contact us for more information.
Our tours are not just about sightseeing, they are a unique experience of meeting, learning, discovering and understanding different cultures and returning back home richer than when the journey started. We will show you only Art Nouveau buildings unless you have other requests.
To see our exclusive private tours with licensed guides specialized in Art Nouveau in Italy Click HERE. Nowadays we offer experiences in Turin and Milan, the best places for Liberty Style, but in the future we may add more destinations.
Short visit that the guide personalised according to our tastes. Magnifique
Porta Venezia is amazing. After the private tour we continued the visit alone, it was not that interesting but still worth the time
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