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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore Culture & history

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Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

1. Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour in Milan to explore its Renaissance treasures including skip-the-line entry to da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at the World Heritage Site of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and the medieval fortification of Sforza Castle. Skip the lines to the Dominican convent where Da Vinci's legendary fresco of the “The Last Supper” is on display. Get an up-close look at this masterpiece while your guide explains the composition, perspective, and use of colors. Venture a few blocks to a hidden pearl of the city at the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel” of Milan. Proceed to the imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), where the dukes of Milan held court. See the beautiful grounds of the Parco Sempione surrounding the fortress, pass the iconic clock tower of the Torre del Filarete and stroll through the military courtyards as you learn more about the Sforza family and why they hired Da Vinci and invited him to live in the castle as a guest for decades.  

Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

2. Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

See the frescoes of the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and the events they show from Biblical stories and mystical characters. Visit works by Bernardino Luini and other important masters of the Lombard Renaissance. In the company of our expert guide, understand the splendor of this building and the treasures it contains. The Church of San Maurizio conceals several masterpieces of Italian art history by the most famous Lombard painters of the 16th century. As with other of our cultural itineraries, this guided tour of the Church of San Maurizio aims to introduce visitors to the varied world of legends and anecdotes surrounding the admirable masterpieces, without neglecting a careful historical and artistic reconstruction. While wandering around the church, the guide will also explain Aurelio Luini's Noah's Ark: an astonishing painting, a veritable zoological treatise rich in detail, which depicts with splendid attention giraffes, tigers, and unicorns, all lining up to board the Ark.

Milan: City Highlights Walking Tour with The Last Supper

3. Milan: City Highlights Walking Tour with The Last Supper

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Milan and experience city highlights, including the Piazza della Scala and fast-track access to Da Vinci's The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Start your Milan experience in Piazzale Cadorna, and enjoy a guided walk to the Duomo. Skip the lines to the city’s Gothic cathedral. Continue to the city’s fashion district and explore the trendy Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, a 19th-century architectural treasure. Stop at Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous opera house. Take a break and enjoy lunch in the historic center. Visit the UNESCO-listed Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Skip the lines to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Head to the 16th-century church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, known as the Sistine Chapel of Milan, before visiting Castello Sforzesco. End the tour at a museum that’s home to Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini.

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,530 reviews

this tour is very good and organized. we attended the full tour, some people left in the middle before the walking tour started. we also appreciated the bluetooth audio guides. the english of the guide was terrific and we could actually understand what she was trying to explain..

Amazing experience. Guide was Knowledgeable and fun. An hour of the tour could be cut when you are walking around modern financial district, but it is to be expected overall. We also left after “The Last Supper” and he was ok with that.

Yazza was our guide . Really good, one of the best city tours we have been on. Very knowledgeable and her passion and love for her city I’d infectious. Highly recommend this tour

Great guide, very knowledgeable about the works of art and differences between media. Completely understandable.

Excellent to see all the main attractions of Milan! Really good experience.