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Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

1. Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

See the masterpiece that is the Last Supper up close on a guided tour, learning about its fascinating history from your licensed guide. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Refectory with the Last Supper has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. They were part of a large monastic complex belonging to the Dominican monks. See the Last Supper with this tour who will tell you all about the most fantastic wall paintings of the Renaissance. A licensed local guide will show you this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, revealing surprising facts about the perspective, the composition and the technique used by the artist, as well as the history of the site.

Milan: Historical Walking Tour and The Last Supper Ticket

2. Milan: Historical Walking Tour and The Last Supper Ticket

Discover the highlights of Milan on a historical walking tour that includes a skip-the-line ticket to see Da Vinci’s masterpiece "The Last Supper." Meet your guide by the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to enjoy fast-track entry to the world’s most famous Renaissance mural. Viewings are strictly limited and allow up to 15 minutes to study Da Vinci’s details. Then, stroll to the Sforza Castle and its surrounding park. Built in the 14th-century by the most important families of Milan, the fortress is now home to many important exhibitions and museums. Walk along Via Dante to Piazza dei Mercanti, site of the city’s medieval market. Continue to the opulent La Scala Theater, built in 1776 in Piazza della Scala. Enter the glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to see a miracle of 19th-century engineering. End outside the Duomo, and marvel at the façade of Milan’s most symbolic building.

Milan: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Milan: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take advantage of this pass for Milan’s open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy panoramic views of the city. This ticket gives you access to 4 separate but connecting bus loops and allows you to jump off at the attractions you want to explore further. Choose from commentary available in 10 languages via audio guide and hear facts about notable buildings like the Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. You'll also learn about local food, including the recipe for Cotoletta alla Milanese and the history of the panettone. Line A:  Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 - Cenacolo Stop 4 - Corso Magenta Stop 5 - Duomo Stop 6 - Manzoni - Scala Stop 7 - Manin Stop 8 - Moscova Line B: Stop 1 - Duomo Stop 2 – La Scala Stop 3 - Manin Stop 4 - Repubblica Stop 5 - Palazzo Lombardia Stop 6 - Stazione Centrale Stop 7 - Buenos Aires Stop 8 - Porta Venezia Stop 9 - San Babila Line C: Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Triennale Stop 3 - Arco della Pace Stop 4 - City Life Stop 5 - Casa Milan Stop 6 - Mico - Congress Centre Stop 7 - Lotto -Montebianco Stop 8 - Lido Stop 9 - Ippodromo Stop 10 - Stadio San Siro Stop 11 - Lotto - Monterosa Stop 12 - Buonarroti Stop 13 - Pagano Stop 14 - Conciliazione Stop 15 - Parco Sempione Line D : Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 – Cenacolo Stop 4 - Navigli Stop 5 – Via Olona Stop 6 – Corso Magenta Stop 7 – Duomo Stop 8 – La Scala Stop 9 - Brera

Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

4. Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

Enjoy skip-the-line entry privileges on this English guided tour of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Leap back in time to the painting's origins to learn about how this famous mural came to be. Get the most out of your visit with a local and licensed art historian guide. After meeting your English speaking guide outside of the UNESCO Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, skip the ticket lines to enter the church. Step inside to discover one of the most important mural paintings in the world, painted between 1494 and 1498. Get an up-close look at the gestures and expressions of Christ and his twelve apostles. Listen as your guide points out details regarding the perspective and the innovative and modern techniques of the time.

Milan: Last Supper Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Milan: Last Supper Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

See the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci on a small guided group tour. Learn from a professional and knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy 15 minutes of guaranteed access with the famous fresco in an intimate setting. Meet your guide in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie for a brief introduction and explanation of the painting and the church it calls home, 15th century Santa Maria delle Grazie, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inside without waiting at the entrance and see for yourself one of the most important artworks in the world on this family-friendly tour. Learn insider secrets about the missing eyes, the structure of the painting, and the conspiracy theories that surround it.

Milan: Guided Tour of The Last Supper

6. Milan: Guided Tour of The Last Supper

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the artistry of Leonardo da Vinci with this visit to the Last Supper. Learn about this iconic mural from a local guide. Experience a sense of anticipation as you enter the hallowed halls of the Cenacolo. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of The Last Supper as you move closer to the mural. Enrich your experience with insights, anecdotes, and historical context from your guide. As you stand before this iconic scene, you'll not only see the Last Supper but also feel its resonance through the eyes of a true connoisseur. After viewing Da Vinci's artwork, get to see the stunning architecture of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

7. Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Embark on a captivating journey through art and history with our guided tour of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic masterpiece, the Last Supper. You'll meet the guide in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Upon meeting your guide, you’ll start a brief preparation for the visit (ID check, etc), it would take some minutes and it’s mandatory for all visitors to ensure smooth access to the site. The tour starts with an insightful overview outside the church, where the guide delves into the fascinating history of both the painting and the sacred surroundings, Leonardo’s works, art and importance for the city of Milan. This engaging introduction spans approximately 30 to 40 minutes, providing a rich context for the masterpiece that awaits within. After the preparation you’ll be ready for seeing Leonardo’s Last Supper. The visit to the mural painting lasts around 15 minutes, enough to admire the details of this incredible work of art and to take some memorable pictures.

Milan: Last Supper Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

8. Milan: Last Supper Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Admire one of the most famous paintings in the world. The timeless masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Last Supper. Join a professional guided tour, learning about its fascinating history from a professional guide with a license in English language. The painting was commissioned in 1495 and completed in 1497 on the dining room wall of this former Dominican monastery. The representation by Leonardo da Vinci depicted the moment immediately after Christ said, “One of you will betray me”. It is an enormous painting, 4,6mt high and 8,8mt long, realized with tempera and oil on a chalk preparation, different from the technique used at the time. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is only in 20 minutes walking distance from Piazza Duomo. A licensed local guide will show you this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, revealing many surprising facts about the the composition, perspective and the technique used, as well as the history of the site. The Last Supper is undisputedly one of the world’s masterpieces of painting. Its unique value, which over the centuries has had immense influence in the field of figurative art, is inseparable from the architectural complex in which it was created. This work has highly influenced not only the development of one iconographic theme, but also the entire development of painting. Heydenreich wrote about the “superdimension” of its painted bodies in relation to space. It is one of the first classic paintings that focuses on a precise and very short moment of time, instead of a long one. After five centuries, the Last Supper is one of most reproduced and copied paintings, and its creation in 1495-1497 is considered to have heralded a new phase in the history of art. Despite the damages that occurred during the Second World War, the complex has preserved both its original architectural structure and the internal relation between its components, including the famous fresco. The site was badly damaged by bombing in 1943, but subsequently completely restored and renovated. The Last Supper, which miraculously survived the Allied bombing, suffers from other conservation problems which are due, above all, to Leonardo’s experimental technique, and which have long been evident. There are records of restoration works from the eighteenth century up to the present day, which bear witness to the continuing concern regarding the conservation of this artistic heritage. One of the most important and difficult aspects of the conservation of the fresco is related to the pollution caused by the great number of visitors. Continual monitoring is performed to guarantee optimum atmospheric conditions inside the refectory and thus avoid the danger posed by air pollution and elevated visitor numbers. A sophisticated monitoring device ensures that the air composition and the light and humidity levels remain within the established limits. A limited number of visitors are admitted at any one time. UNESCO World Heritage since 1980.

Milan: Last Supper Guided Tour

9. Milan: Last Supper Guided Tour

Join a guided tour and discover a masterpiece of the Milanese Renaissance at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Spend no less than 15 minutes admiring Da Vinci’s masterful “Last Supper.” Also known as the "Cenacolo Vinciano," the mural is hidden on a wall of the refectory at the Basilica. Get a quick introduction to Renaissance art in Italy from your guide and hear how it became one of the most fertile periods of painting in the world. Learn why the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, commissioned Leonardo, and how he presided over the most important period in the Milanese Renaissance. Then, go straight to the front of the lines to see Da Vinci's “Last Supper” and spend at least 15 minutes appreciating one of the most iconic images of Christ in the world.

Milan: Last Supper Guided Tour and Entry Ticket

10. Milan: Last Supper Guided Tour and Entry Ticket

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper is a must-see during your time in Milan. See it for yourself and learn more about this masterpiece by the Italian artist on a guided tour that includes entry tickets. The Last Supper is one of the most fascinating and mysterious paintings from the Renaissance. Now preserved in the Unesco-listed Santa Maria delle Grazie complex, you'll be able to marvel at the mastery in person on this guided tour. Discover the secrets of the painting and explore the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie (depending on the option selected). As you admire the painting, learn all about the life of the artist, the background of this iconic artwork, and restoration techniques.

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based on 21,595 reviews

I really appreciated the guided visit. The storytelling was excellent, the staff gentle and friendly. Even when graduated in Arts, I learned a lot; Thank you for your good energy :)

The meeting with the guide was as instructed and went smoothly. The explanations in English were also very thorough and I learned a lot.

Our guide, Marcella, was very organized, took care of the logistics in a timely manner and thoroughly prepared on the subject.

Tour started on time, excellent communication. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Excellent. Highly recommend.

We arrived a little late but our guide was fantastic. This was one of the best tours of the entire trip. Don't miss it!