Visit underground Milan

Guided tour of subterranean secrets.

On Sunday 19 June an art historian will lead a guided visit to two of Milan’s most fascinating underground sites, the crypts of S. Giovanni in Conca and S. Sepolcro.

The first lies under the ruin known to milanesi as the “broken tooth” at the centre of Piazza Missori. The oldest original Romanesque crypt in the city, it was constructed in the paleochristian period, and became the tomb of Bernabò Visconti, the 14th-century Lord of Milan.

The tour will then move to S. Sepolcro, a four-minute walk away, which has recently been reopened after 50 years unavailable to the public. The church was reconsecrated in 1100 on the site of the crypt dating from Roman times. Known as “the navel of Milan”, Leonardo placed it at the centre of his map of the city in the Atlantic Codex.

The 75-minute tour costs €15, including the entrance to the S. Sepolcro crypt, but not including the €3 annual membership card to Ambrosia cultural association, organisers of the tour, for those not already members. Meeting point at 15.45 outside S. Giovanni in Conca.

Booking required by email to ambrosiacultura@gmail.com or by text message to 334 271 6179.