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Milan: Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and San Sepolcro Crypt Ticket

1. Milan: Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and San Sepolcro Crypt Ticket

PLEASE NOTE: THE BASKET OF FRUIT BY CARAVAGGIO IS ON LOAN FROM NOVEMBER 23 THROUGH BEGINNING OF APRIL 2024 Admire the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana's renowned collections, including iconic atrworks such as Caravaggio's Basket of fruit, the Cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael, Brueghel's flamboyant Vase of flowers and Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of the Musician. Visit the library's 17th century reading room with original drawings from Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus. Afterwards, go to the Crypt of San Sepolcro, a medieval hypogean church, whose pavement was made using the ancient stones of the ancient city of Mediolanum: a real jouney at the heart of Milan and through the city's history!

Milan Outdoor Escape Game: Da Vinci Devil's Enigma

2. Milan Outdoor Escape Game: Da Vinci Devil's Enigma

Discover Milan's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around town. You will help Leonardo da Vinci finish his famous mural, The Last Supper, by solving enigmas around Milan's city center, going to places where he lived or worked. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you will get your access code by email, to be used in the app. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace.  You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Milan: Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Milan: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Benvenuti a Milano – a city where fashion, history, and modernity converge to create a symphony of elegance and innovation. As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, envisage traversing the fashion-forward streets, where the echoes of da Vinci's genius and the contemporary beats of Italy's financial hub harmonize in a unique Milanese melody. Imagine strolling through the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an architectural masterpiece that whispers tales of Milan's penchant for sophistication. Picture yourself standing before the iconic Cathedral of Milan, or Duomo, a Gothic marvel adorned with spires and statues that narrate centuries of artistic prowess and religious significance. Feel the pulse of creativity in the historic Brera district, where cobblestone streets lead you to art galleries, boutiques, and charming cafes. As the audio guide transports you through the majestic Sforza Castle, envision the powerful legacy of the Visconti and Sforza families intertwined with the works of Michelangelo and other Renaissance luminaries. From the modern skyline of Porta Nuova to the bohemian Navigli district, where canals wind through a tapestry of trendy shops and vibrant nightlife, Milan unfolds as a city that seamlessly marries tradition and contemporary allure. So, don your headphones, adjust the volume, and let the melodic narrative guide you through a Milanese journey where every corner whispers a story of style, innovation, and cultural sophistication. Milan awaits, inviting you to unravel its layers of history and chic charm!

Milan: The Story of Leonardo da Vinci Private Guided Tour

4. Milan: The Story of Leonardo da Vinci Private Guided Tour

Discover the many talents of Leonardo da Vinci, from painting to innovation and urban planning, as you explore the historic streets of Milan’s Old Town. This original da Vinci tour will take you back in time to Renaissance Italy, following the steps of Leonardo in Milan where he produced some of his greatest works. Discover the legacy of the archetypal man of Renaissance! Choose the 2-hour option to see Milan through the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci. Your walking tour will begin with an introduction to the four pillars of Leonardo’s virtuosity: painting, architecture, sculpture, and engineering, as you will see the 19th century Leonardo Monument by Pietro Magni outside the famous La Scala Opera House. Your Private Guide will explain the symbolism behind the statues of da Vinci and his pupils and tell you about the legacy left behind by this renowned painter, engineer and innovator. Wandering around Milan, you will discover many traces of Leonardo’s genius. Did you know that he solved some of the engineering problems that occurred during the construction of Duomo di Milano? Or that the beautiful frescoes in Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, also known as the Sistine Chapel of Milan, were painted by Leonardo’s students? The tour will end in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to original The Last Supper. Nearby are the restored da Vinci vineyards, where you can order a glass of original Leonardo wine (at your own expense). Choose the 3,5-hour option to see Leonardo’s works in the Ambrosian Library (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana). This extended tour includes skip-the-line tickets to this secret gem of Milan. The Ambrosian Library displays a rotating selection of drawings from Leonardo’s notebook Codex Atlanticus along with his original drawings, writings, doodles and designs. It is a rare chance to learn about his interest in mathematics, weaponry, flight, botany and musical instruments. This beautiful library also houses several disputed Leonardos, such as Portrait of Isabella d'Este, as well as works by masters like Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian. Choose the 4,5-hour option to learn more about da Vinci with a guided tour of the Leonardo3 Museum. With skip-the-line tickets you can save time and go in without waiting at the ticket office. Enjoy the interactive exhibits of working models of Leonardo’s machines and inventions, and admire the digital restorations of his paintings and drawings. It will be a fun and educational experience for both adults and children!

Milan: Private Sightseeing & Shopping Tour with a Local

5. Milan: Private Sightseeing & Shopping Tour with a Local

Your expert local city guide will show you the city's best parts, including many hidden secrets you can’t find easily on your own. On this walking tour will be able to see a lot of sightseeing points within a short timeframe. Apart from explaining the sightseeing points your guide can provide insight into the history and culture of the city and the country in general. Your guide also has good knowledge of shopping for fashion and will help you to upgrade your wardrobe. If you like buying the latest trends or luxury fashion at affordable prices, this tour is for you. Your guide knows the secret places where you can get the best deals on fashion. Your guide also has an excellent knowledge of food and can take you to try local delicacies. The focus of this tour is to see the city like a local. However, this private tour can be customized according to your wishes. Sightseeing points to visit can be agreed upon in advance or discussed when meeting up. STANDARD sightseeing places we can easily visit during the tour are: - Duomo di Milano: this cathedral is the most famous landmark building in Milan - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Italy's oldest active shopping gallery - Montenapoleone district: Milan's most sought-after fashion district with the best luxury shopping - Sforzesco Castle: medieval fortification built in the 15th century - Sempione Park: large city park in the historic center of Milan established in 1888 - Brera Picture Gallery: main public gallery for paintings in Milan - Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio: one of the most ancient churches in Milan consecrated in 379 - Triennale Milano: museum of art and design in the Sempione Park Some examples of HIDDEN SECRETS we can visit: - Navigli district: The trendiest district in Milan, perfect for a romantic evening stroll along the canals. Huge selection of restaurants & bars and the perfect place to enjoy "aperitivo" (typical Milan-style happy hour with a food buffet). - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: Stunning art gallery founded in 1618 which also houses the Ambrosian Library where you can marvel at antique books. - Porta Nuova and Corso Como: new city district with skyscrapers and a vibrant nightlife scene - Villa Necchi Campiglio: sumptuous historical villa in the city center - Pirelli HangarBicocca: A site for contemporary art exhibitions. The building used to be a Pirelli factory. - Fondazione Prada: Institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture that offers temporary exhibitions, performance arts and cinematographic shows. - Armani Silos: Giorgio Armani's museum, is the perfect addition to a fashion-obsessed city. Here, you'll find around 600 of his fashion designs from over the last 40 years. Please note that it is not guaranteed to visit all the sightseeing places listed here. How many places you can visit depends on the length of the tour booked and how much time you spend at each place. After booking you can discuss the detailed itinerary with your guide.

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What people are saying about Ambrosian Library

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 22 reviews

The tour wasn't guided, therefore I took the map of Pinacoteca and took the time to see every piece of art. Took me 1.5 h. The crypt wasn't what I was hoping for, small and without a wow effect, but I do advise not to miss it if you already there.

It was interesting, as I expected. But I did not follow the tour, but explored the museum myself. I like it better in most cases. True, for this you need to prepare a little for the event.

Very good except the crypt which a guide monopolized with his group by speaking very loudly and considering that the crypt was Unacceptable for him

Great. Particularly as there are so few good museums and art galleries in Milan. This is definitely worth a visit.

the museum has a large collection of paintings, however the majority is about the religious themes.