If you are in the center of the city near Duomo, you must visit the University of Milan building on the street Festa del Perdono 7. It’s a Renaissance-style building that was established by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milano (the same who built the Castello Sforzesco). It was used as a hospital until the beginning of the 20th century, more precisely 1923, when the minister Gentile of the fascist government wanted to create a new great university of Milan.
The structure is still the same as in past centuries; nothing has really changed. So, what you find when you get there is a great columned cloister, and then there are some gardens, a church, so many statues, Roman ruins and so on. It’s a place full of history! Suitable, by the way, for the students inside, as you can find yourself in the middle of a philosophical or historical debate, as here you will also find the Faculty of Humanities.
This year marks the first century since the University was founded, and so many events are going to be organised there. The entrance is open, and the place is free to visit: you can even go and follow a lesson if you want, as they are accessible to the public. Check it out!