Milan opens city hall to visitors, tourists

Palazzo Marino to show off its treasures.

Milan’s city administration will open the doors of 16th century Palazzo Marino, the imposing city hall across the square from La Scala, from Tuesday 10 May until the end of September, for free guided visits.

After last year’s success with over 11,000 visitors, the decision to repeat the experience was almost obligatory. Visitors will see the historic main entrance, the Sala delle Tempere with its 17th century paintings, the Sala degli Arazzi illustrating the life of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Sala della Trinità with affreschi attributed to il Fiammenghino, and the ceremonial courtyard.

Other treats along the course include the Sala Alessi, the Sala Gialla, the Sala dell’Orologio and the city council meeting hall.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.30. 11.30, 14.00 and 15.00, groups of up to 20 will be able to take a 45-minute free “smart tour”, no booking required, with an audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic and of course Italian.

At other times, free tours guided by qualified personnel can be booked on any weekday by phone on 02 8845 6617 or 02 8845 0288.