Not many people known that Milan was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire during the reign of Imperator Diocletian, nor that right here emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan that allowed Christianity to become the dominant religion in the Empire. Just bits and pieces remained from this glorious historical period, however, if you try hard enough you may collect all these pieces and try to imagine how Milan once looked like. There are in total 14 ancient sights that are connected to the Roman period and testify of the importance of this city. All of these 14 sights will be covered on this page.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches in Milan and it dates back to the Roman period. Even though the columns in front of it (called Colonne di San Lorenzo) were brought to this place in the midlevel period, the columns themselves are even older than the church. Apart from its historical significance it is also an area where there are a lot of bars and restaurants and it is a very popular nightlife zone.