San Lorenzo Columns / Historical Edifices and Monuments

The oldest remains of the ancient Mediolanum

The San Lorenzo Columns stand out as the oldest remains of the ancient Mediolanum. They date back to the Roman period, constructed somewhere between the 2nd and the 3rd century, moved to their present location in the 4th century (in all likelihood, they were part of a bath complex). They now border the square in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, it too one of the first hand tourist sights of Milan.

The place is generally packed with student population, though visitors concerned with safety might want to avoid the square after dark. The area, in fact, is famed for its bustling nightlife vibe: people come here and sit, talk, drink and smoke. Some might find it a little too far fetched, but others see it as one of the places where tourists can make the best of their nocturnal pursuits in Milan.

And what a peculiar juncture: the oldest remains of the ancient Mediolanum mark the borders of the most youthful and effervescent set in Milan. Keep in mind the popular Parco delle Basiliche, which stretches between the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio is just a few steps away, offering a nice sweeping view of the columns and of sections of the two places of worship.

San Lorenzo Columns (Colonne di San Lorenzo)
Corso di Porta, Milan, Italy

Attractions in Milan

Villa Reale Gardens

The Villa Reale Gardens are located across the Public Gardens of Milan. They were laid out in an elegant English style and are home to Villa Reale.


Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio of Milan was built in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose himself. Its crypt contains parts of the mortal remains of the saint.


San Lorenzo Columns

The San Lorenzo Columns border the square in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore. It is also located close to Parco delle Basiliche.