THE LAST SUPPER AND SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE
Personalized visits for small groups
The Last Supper
In addition to the religious themes, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece reveals a fascinating historical and artistic study about this art work which hides many astrological, numerological and philosophical aspects typical of the Renaissance. Simple, clear and easy to understand, the description is based on an in-depth ten-year study of the painting, conducted by a group of experts, painters and professors.
Our information is therefore not available in the tourist guides or in the museum’s audio guides, and differ from what was claimed by the… Da Vinci Code!
Since it is impractical to speak in front of other people inside the room where the painting is kept, before the admission, the guide will show a large photo and will take time to explain and deepen the various themes, answering any questions.
The church and the cloister
The Last Supper room was the monks refectory located inside the nearby Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery. Another important Tuscan artist, the famous architect Bramante, worked inside its church’s apse and in the pleasant cloister, following the same Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance themes.
In addition, the church is very interesting as its structure encompasses 3 styles: the Romanesque, the Lombard Gothic, and the Tuscan Renaissance.
Dress code to enter the church
It is always forbidden to wear sleeveless tops and shorts.Short-sleeve T-shirts and knee-length pants are admitted during the summer.
Further recommended itinerary
Nearby there are two must-see fascinating historical and artistic testimonies that would make your visit to Milan unique. Walking along a characteristic itinerary, it is possible to reach the following two churches: Sant’Ambrogio and San Maurizio.
* Sant’Ambrogio, built in the 4th century at the dawn of Christianity, by a charismatic person who managed to hold the political-religious reins of the city, abandoning his prefectural career. He then become the bishop, was proclaimed saint and Doctor of the Church. Over the centuries, the Church played an extremely important international role. In fact all the Germanic nobles, aspiring to become emperors, were obliged to be crowned King of Italy here, by the current archbishop. Only afterwards they would be able to ask the Pope to be risen to the role of emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in Rome.
The current structure, enlarged over the centuries, is in Romanesque style, and in the nearby former monastery architect Bramante designed two Renaissance cloisters, currently still in use by the Catholic University.
* San Maurizio is known as the “Milan Sistine Chapel” for its walls entirely frescoed by the greatest Lombard Renaissance painters. It was the church of a cloistered nuns monastery, therefore it is divided into a front part open to the faithful, and a rear part where in the 16th century the nuns had to follow the mass, play an organ and sing holy choirs during the rites and celebrations.
The remarkable organ is still in function nowadays.
- Duration of this additional itinerary = 3 hours approx
- Cost for a total of 4 hours of visit: € 460 up to 5 people; 500 € for 6 to 10 people + tickets entrance ( 12€ per person )
- “Jump over the queue”
- a tour description by an expert
What’s not included
- tickets entrance ( 12€ per person )
- Transport to reach the meeting point.
- Foods and beverages unless otherwise specified.
- Tips (optional).
- Personal extras
DeparturePiazza Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milano
Meeting 30 minutes before the entrance time to the Last Supper, in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie - on the right hand side of the Church entrance