San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
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Last Supper, Milan's Sistine Chapel & Sforza Castle Tour

1. Last Supper, Milan's Sistine Chapel & Sforza Castle Tour

Take a 2-hour guided tour of Milan and discover some of the city's Renaissance treasures. Visit the Dominican convent where Da Vinci's legendary fresco of the “The Last Supper” is on display. Skip the lines to gaze in awe at the iconic mural, and get an up-close look at the gestures and expressions of Jesus and the 12 apostles while your English-speaking guide unveils details about 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.  

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Milan: City Highlights Tour with The Last Supper

2. Milan: City Highlights Tour with The Last Supper

Start your 6-hour Milan experience in Piazzale Cadorna, and enjoy a guided walk to the Duomo. Skip the lines waiting to enter 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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Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Make the most of your Milanese stay and experience the gems of the city found off the beaten path, away from the most popular city sights. Meet your guide at the corner of Via Torino, for a 3-hour walk in the medieval commercial district. See where the old artisan activities survive in the street names: Via Spadari (sword makers), Via Cappellari (milliners), and Via Armorari (armorers), for example. Savor freshly made cream cannoli from the old Panarello pastry shop, or the traditional focaccia at the Princi bakery. Behind the inconspicuous façade of San Satiro church, you'll discover the amazing solution adopted by Bramante to create space where there was no space! Admire some of Milan's oldest buildings at Piazza dei Mercanti, once the center of the city's medieval market. The 13th century Palazzo della Ragione was built to symbolize the independence won from the Germanic rulers. See the Loggia degli Osii and the Palace of the Palatine School, Milan’s first university. The Church of San Maurizio awaits with its collection of 16th-century Renaissance frescoes. Bernardino Luini, who painted most of the church, was a Lombard artist who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. Saint Ambrose is not only Milan's patron saint, but also was a charismatic personality. Archbishop Ambrose lies in the crypt of the basilica founded by him in the 4th century, which is considered by locals to be the true church. The Romanesque-style church features scary mythological animals overlooking the patio and columns with the marks of the devil's horns.

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Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

4. 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.

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What people are saying about San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

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A very nice and interesting tour. It was told and explained with passion so that you didn't want to miss any information :) Highly recommended!

Learned a lot. Full of surprises. Wouldn't have visited the spectacular chapel if it weren't for this tour.

So much more rewarding with all the surrounding information! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide!

Donatella was a wonderful tour guide! Full of information and extremely kind. Would do it again!

The guide was amazing ! And the tour was perfect .