Please note: tickets for the Last Supper painting are among the most difficult to procure in all of Italy. They are released for sale by the museum in waves approximately 30-60 days prior to entry date. We cannot confirm Last Supper viewings until about 2-3 weeks prior to your tour date. Thank you for your patience!
Milan is perhaps most celebrated for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper.’ On this 3 hour Last Supper Painting Tour, in the company of a local art historian or expert, we will delve deep into the subject of Leonardo, his life and works, the city that made him and, of course, the iconic masterpiece. This tour focuses almost entirely on da Vinci and his relationship to the city, with a visit to the Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie as well as the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Museum. We’ll also spend time admiring the exterior of the Duomo as we talk about Leonardo’s role in the construction of this formidable structure. This tour is ideal for anyone with a keen eye for art looking for a deeper understanding of one of Italy’s greatest geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci.
- Small group Last Supper Painting Tour
- Visits the Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Led by an art historian or local expert
Viewing the Last Supper Painting
Our Last Supper Painting Tour may vary in terms of order as we will adapt according to when we have a slot to view The Last Supper. We may begin at Santa Maria delle Grazie, the 15th century convent and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our expert will give some background information about the striking church, associated with architect Bramante. We may talk about the features of the building, from the tiburio and collonados to the cloisters and impressive apses. Before we head in to view the revered painting in the museum, our expert will detail the background of the artwork and the story behind Leonardo’s work. Due to strict policy restrictions, we may or may not have our expert with us during the 15 minutes we will spend with the painting. Either way, we will take time to admire and absorb the details outlined by our expert before we say farewell to da Vinci's masterpiece. Afterwards, we may take time to reflect on what we have seen together, with our expert adding in relevant information in hindsight.
Perusing the Pinacoteca
Another venue we will soak in on this Last Supper Tour is the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. A true Milanese gem, the museum holds masterpieces by Caravaggio, Botticelli, Raphael, and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci. Our docent will spend some time discussing the section dedicated to da Vinci as we admire his original drawings, as well as the Codex Atlanticus, a set of writings and drawings from 1478 to 1519 covering everything from flight, to weaponry, to mathematics, to botany. Perhaps more importantly, the museum contains Portrait of a Musician , a Da Vinci oil on wood painting, believed to date from 1485. We’ll talk about what Leonardo was doing during the time this was painted and the story behind said treasured artwork.
Leonardo and Milan
We may also spend time talking about Leonardo’s connection with the city more broadly and the influence he had on the scope and construction of anything from the Duomo to the Navigli canals. Wishing to expand his work to encompass his other interests, in the early 1480s da Vinci drafted a letter to offer the ruler of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, a litany of potential services, from military machines to artistic feats. While some canals existed prior to da Vinci’s arrival, he greatly expanded their reach thanks to his innovative use of dams, all the while creating legendary works like Virgin on the Rocks and The Last Supper. We may talk about da Vinci’s relationship with the French and the indelible impact he left on nearly every element of Milanese life, a theme we’ll examine throughout our tour.
At the end of our Last Supper Painting Tour, we will leave each other with a deeper understanding of the life of Leonardo da Vinci, his connection with beloved Milan and the masterpieces that we are able to see in the 3 hours together. This is a fitting walk for anyone with a keen interest in this talented Italian figure.
Disclaimer: please note that this tour is not confirmed until we guarantee the Last Supper ticket availability.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The meeting point will vary depending on when our tickets are timed. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and emergency phone number.
I would like to extend the tour by an hour to add a visit to Sforza Castle. Is this possible?
Yes. The additional hour will be 198 euros and 10 euros per person for the tickets to the castle.
I hear tickets are hard to get for the Last Supper. Will you let us know when you have tickets?
Yes. As soon as tickets are released and are booked, we will confirm the tour. If we can’t secure tickets, we will let you know and we will not confirm your tour.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.