Piazza Fontana Tours
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A short walk from the Duomo, Piazza Fontana is one of the prettiest squares in Milan’s center, a quiet respite from the hubbub of nearby Piazza della Scala and Piazza del Duomo. The piazza is named for its 18th-century neoclassical central fountain, designed by Giuseppe Piermarini and is encircled by trees and benches.
Milan is known for its urban hustle and bustle, but there are a number peaceful corners of the city worth exploring. If you need a few minutes to regroup during your walking or Segway tour of Milan's most famous sights like the Cathedral (Duomo) and Sforza Castle, take a quick detour to this lovely square where the pace is slower and the crowds thinner.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The square is a short walk from the Duomo and there is a wide pedestrian area encircling the center fountain, so perfect for cooling off in the shade for a few minutes with kids.
- There is a high curb around the central fountain area that may be hard to manage with a wheelchair or stroller.
- There are a number of cafés along the outside of the square that serve snacks and coffee.
How to Get There
Piazza Fontana is located just behind Milan’s Duomo, less than a 5-minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo.
When to Get There
The central fountain in Piazza Fontana has a number of water jets that are street level, ideal for cooling off hands and feet on a hot summer day.
A Violent Past
Piazza Fontana has a violent history that belies its peaceful atmosphere. In 1969, the square was the site of the bombing of the National Agrarian Bank, a domestic terrorist attack that resulted in 17 people killed and scores more injured. A plaque stands in the square in their honor.
Address: Milan, Italy
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Piazza Fontana
On this self guided audio tour, I’ll show you why Milan has more to offer than design fairs and fashion houses. We’ll start at the city’s cathedral, which is its most famous landmark, but from there I’ll help you seek out its lesser-known corners. You’ll meet despots from the Middle Ages, colourful characters from the Renaissance and the odd saint along the way. The Grim Reaper puts in an appearance too. (But not for long.) You’ll also hear about • Milan’s very own Lady Liberty and Loch Ness Monster • A duke that got his come-uppance • A collection of rattling old bones that was transformed into works of art • Madonnas with dirty faces • A lovely Baroque park • A city that might have seemed like Venice • Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished monument • Student protests at the historic hospital for the poor • Black piglets that kept shingles at bay I’ll point out some great places to stop for coffee and pastries too, as well as a few of the best bars.
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