The Columns of San Lorenzo represent the ancient Mediolanum, finds dating back to the Imperial period, resisted the invasion of Goths and Barbarossa. Erected in the late ancient period in front of the church in Porta Ticinese. The sixteen marble columns are 7,5 meters high, they have Corinthian capitals coming from a pagan temple.
On the right side of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Chapel of Saint Aquilinus safeguards the Romanesque Mosaics representing Christ among the Apostoles and the Rape of Elia. On the left side, you can see the Chapel of Saint Ippolito and the Mausoleum of San Sisto. The old trams passing nearby the columns are quite suggestive.
The famous bronze statue of Costantino, the Emperor reminds us of the famous edict. The ancient site of Colonne di San Lorenzo is today a crowded Milanese hangout on weekends and in summertime. There are a lot of “radical chic” style restaurants, bars and fashion shops. It’s the perfect place to have a cocktail or a beer at an average price of 4 or 5 euros.