This square, Colonne di San Lorenzo, occupies a special place in my heart, for Milanese people and those who’ve ever spent a few hours here.
Travelling across Europe I learned how every big town has an area where young musicians, couples, artists, families and friends gather after a certain hour for fun and coming together. This is the spirit that makes Colonne di San Lorenzo a special place; a friendly and alternative atmosphere where almost everything is allowed, between a joint and a beer with rhythmic blues coming from a guitar.
You can admire the impressive 16 columns in Corso di Porta Ticinese in front of Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore. It’s easy to find the history of these monuments on every guide or internet site about Milan.
I’m recommending this site because after a long day visiting the city, the idea of a fresh beer and a pleasant, relaxing evening is the appropriate conclusion. Best days are Friday and Saturday always rigorously after 22:00. You can find your first beer in the pub on the square’s left corner, near the traffic lights. The nights that I spend there I love to drink “Menabrea”, a premium Italian beer at a cheap price of € 2.
And never forget to clap your hands with the blues-man!