Milan State Archive to open to visitors

Starting 28 Jan: Initiative by Touring Club Italiano

The fascinating state archive of Milan will be open every Saturday until further notice, starting 28 January, for guided visits led by TCI volunteers.

The beautiful 17th-century building in Via Senato 10 holds over 180,000 items including files, maps and other documents, as well as 150,000 parchments, recording the history of the city, but also of the nation as a whole. The records occupy some 40 km of shelving.

The Aula Didattica of the archive is the setting for a series of panels explaining the content and function of the archive, and will display every month a different “Document of the Month” selected from the records.

The tours, free of charge, are open from 10.00 to 14.00 and have been planned specially for local residents and tourists.

From the beginning of February there will also be a series of free courses every Saturday until October which include Latin language and literature, caligraphy, how to make and understand an an archive. Registration is necessary by 31 January. For more information see the archive's website.