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Free Walking Tour through Renaissance Milan: Beauty and Philosophy

Your Guru: Isa
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4.7
11 ratings
  • Milan
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours

About the Guru

Hi! I am Isa and I feel like I'm a "seeker" of wisdom, and what interests me most is doing things that really matter, so I love creating experiences that foster meaningful relationships. I am a PhD in Sociology and Specialization in Ecopsychology, and my current research is based on the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Renaissance and the works of art and architecture that ... More

Hi! I am Isa and I feel like I'm a "seeker" of wisdom, and what interests me most is doing things that really matter, so I love creating experiences that foster meaningful relationships. I am a PhD in Sociology and Specialization in Ecopsychology, and my current research is based on the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Renaissance and the works of art and architecture that this historical philosophical movement created. So I am really honored to invite you to my experiences that I believe are interesting and revealing, and most and foremost, to distill something useful for your own life. Looking forward to meeting you soon!!

About the Tour

Walk through the most beautiful places in Milan to show you the Gothic-Renaissance art and architecture styles and their profound philosophical wisdom.

You will understand the symbols in architecture, urbanism, and art that reflect beautiful principles. You will see places not only as mere spaces but as the result of deep alchemical knowledge. The city will gain a special meaning, becoming alive and exciting!
I will also show you hidden treasures in the center of Milan, specially chosen for this walk.

We will talk about the Neoplatonic philosophy that inspired the greatest masters of the Renaissance who lived in Milan, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Donato Bramante.

We will see how architectural beauty and urban planning were intended to remind the man of the beauty that he has within himself and that can be achieved through the development of values, virtues, and intelligence.

Itinerary*:

  • Sforzesco Castle
  • Via Dante
  • Duomo
  • Piazza della Scala

* the itinerary may vary depending on the days, because some places open on different days / times of the week, and there may be exhibitions or other attractions that are worth visiting.


***ATTENTION: ONLY book if you have a real interest in culture, philosophy, art and/or architecture, AND if you are SURE you will participate! (There are just a few seats on this tour to ensure a great experience, so, please, book only if you are committed to this premise)***

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: Mi trovi d'avanti alla Torre del Filarete, porta principale di entrata del Castello. Ho una borsa di tessuto bianco con la scritta "Join the Circus"

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (11)

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Quality
4.6
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4.5
Stan
27 May 2022 Florham Park
Verified booking
Travelled alone - May 2022

Response from Isa
thank you Stan! I wish you all the best!
Elina
20 May 2022 Athens
Verified booking
Travelled alone - May 2022

Thanks so much Isa for these pleasant 2 hours and the interesting information we discussed!! Hope to see you again when I come back to Milano!

Response from Isa
Hi Elina! Thank you, I really enjoyed your company and guiding you through Milan! Wish you a great time in Italy!
Štěpán
07 May 2022 Prague
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - May 2022

Response from Isa
Hi Stepán! Thank you very much for your participation and feedback! Regarding your private comment to me, I believe I wasn't clear enough during the tour, so now I'll try to explain the “whys” that were missing: - Why the Renaissance in Milan? Renaissance was a fervent period of openness up to ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian knowledge that started in Florence. As Milan was allied politically with the Medici family (governors of Florence), they wanted to bring to Milan the same ideals of the Neoplatonic philosophy which had HUMANISM and REALISM as its main pillars. - What were the novelties of this movement? The artists were immersed in this effervescent philosophical and cultural context and had an artistic proposal that reflected these principles of bringing beauty, realism and elevated ideals to humanity. The innovation they brought, compared to the Middle Ages, were the mental openness towards a human ideal to be pursued, trying ti mirror the ideal world of Plato in art and architecture (for this reason we've seen the ideal urbanistic planning, ideal court-yard, ideal fresco, ideal façades, and the Vitruvian Man as the Ideal Human). Human beings became the focus in architect and art, while in Middle Ages you had the focus on God. Paintings become realistic, artists want to express perfection in forms through geometry and beauty, so they pay attention to all details and try to paint and sculpt as if they were real people. - Why these monuments and paintings are preserved until today? Actually they were not preserved for a long time. After the momentum of the Renaissance, we’ve passed through Illuminism and Positivism, and many political changes in Milan (invasions from French, Spanish, and Austrians), and many frescos were covered by stucco, the Castle was totally misused, even becoming stable for horses. Only in the last 150 years the Renaissance art and architecture was acclaimed as a very important historical moment and Milan started recovering many places that were forgotten and damaged. And only in the last 3 decades Milan is really investing in finding and restoring many palaces, and preserving the art from this unique historical moment. I hope now is a bit clearer, thank you again and I wish you the best!!
Giorgia
03 May 2022 Milan
Verified booking
Travelled in group - Apr 2022

Alison
01 May 2022
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Apr 2022

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!