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Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

2. Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

3. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

4. 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: Last Supper 1-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Milan: Last Supper 1-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Make the most of your time in Milan with this skip-the-line guided tour to see the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a guide to get up close to this masterpiece. Follow your guide inside the convent's refectory to feast your eyes on the beauty of the fresco. Uncover the secrets behind the painting, and discover more about the time da Vinci spent in Milan while working on this project. Listen closely as your guide shares fascinating stories and details about da Vinci and his work. Church schedules permitting, be accompanied by your guide to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Milan: San Sepolcro Crypt Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

6. Milan: San Sepolcro Crypt Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Enjoy a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Crypt of San Sepolcro in Milan and explore a medieval underground church founded in 1030 A.D. Discover recently restored frescoes and vaults while immersing yourself in a profoundly sacred atmosphere. Get a skip-the-ticket line ticket and step into the awe-inspiring San Sepolcro Crypt, a church built entirely underground on the place where the Roman forum of the ancient Roman city of Mediolanum once stood.  Walk through this church and discover the ancient history of Milan from a unique perspective. Admire the paving of large slabs of white Verona stone, which come from the pavement of the old Roman forum that fascinated Leonardo da Vinci dating from the 4th century.  Enjoy a day out visiting this stunning church and admire frescoes and decorations that will make you feel like you have been transported back in time. Marvel at this ancient space for Roman civilians, where all the principal civil and religious activities occurred, and enjoy a day you won't forget.

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

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

Come face to face with the legendary mural of The Last Supper on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with skip-the-line tickets. Wonder in awe at the creation of the painting and the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Meet your licensed guide and skip the queue to enter straight into the church. Listen to the expert as they briefly introduce you to the life of Leonardo da Vinci, highlighting his works of art. Brace yourself as you step into the room containing the world-famous mural of The Last Supper, painted by da Vinci himself. Spend around fifteen minutes admiring this historic piece of artwork, learning about the characters displayed at the table and the techniques used to bring them to life.

Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

8. Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

Discover La Scala Theater on this guided tour. Learn about its history, secrets, and the actors and musicians that found their inspiration in this very place. Milan is not only design, fashion, and nightlife: Milan is known also for its music. Right in the heart of the city, only a few steps from the Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, you'll find a temple to music: La Scala Theatre.  Over the years, many musicians have made their contributions here. Do you know Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas? These are only some of the names that have passed through this place.  La Scala Museum preserves the most important collection of set designs, musical instruments, and costumes used in the Theater's greatest performances. On this guided experience, admire the interior of this magical place and learn about its stories and fascinating history.

Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

9. Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

Enjoy a seamless entrance to the Milan Cathedral, the international symbol of Milan, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy and in Europe. Visit this treasure of art and faith and discover its peculiarities, amongst which the spellbinding stained-glass windows and vertiginous columns. Discover the history of beautiful statues, such as the most famous statue of all the Cathedral: the Saint Bartholomew Flayed. See Sarcophagi, magnificent altars, and stunning organs.

Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

10. Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

Discover Milan's rich musical history on a guided tour through one of the world's leading opera theaters. La Scala also houses its own museum, which hosts a vast collection of costumes, instruments, and other musical curios, as well as a gallery of busts and paintings portraying some of classical music's greatest artists, including Giussepe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. Explore the museum and hear fascinating tales and anecdotes about some of the marvelous musicians who have performed on La Scala's famous stage. You'll be immersed in the magic of the theater itself, with views from the boxes of the neoclassical interior and its monumental crystal chandelier. With good timing and a little bit of luck, you may even witness the artists rehearsing.

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What people are saying about Milan

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based on 11,427 reviews

We had some extra time in Milan, so we chose to see the vineyard. The villa is amazing to walk through and the grounds are beautiful. The audio is very informative.

Thank you! The guide was knowledgeable and kind. She took care of us well and it was easy to find and follow along.

Guide was very good and informative . It was very wet but he didn’t let that spoil our experience.

Worth every penny. Excellent guide. Gives you plenty of time to enjoy this masterpiece.

Amazing view from the rooftop,very beautiful inside