Ambrosian Art Gallery
Inaugurated on 28th April 1618, it was the first art gallery in the world to be opened to the public; and since its foundation to be connected organically to a Board of Fellows, to an Academy and to a Library, with the aim of cultivating literary, scientific and artistic studies. Currently it includes a large collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, masterpieces of Italian and European Art.
The greatest artistic and scientific treasure of all is the famous Atlantic Code by Leonardo da Vinci, donated to the Ambrosiana by the Marquis Galeazzo Arconati in 1637. It includes 1119 original pages, with approximately 2000 drawings, notes, autobiographical notes and studies on various disciplines: engineering, hydraulics, optics, anatomy, architecture, geometry and astronomy.
Founded in 1607, it was one of the first world public libraries, conceived as a centre for study and culture. It houses a vast number of codices in Greek, Latin, Italian and various oriental languages. Currently there are 35,000 manuscripts, 12,000 scrolls, 2,500 incunabula and printed books from 1501 to today. This Library is undoubtedly one of the most important in Italy and indeed in the world, owing to the vastness of its collections and the number and priceless of its codices.
- Entrance ticket to Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and “Leonardo Codex Atlanticus” exhibition
- 2-hour guided tour conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point
- Food and beverage unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal Extras
DeparturePiazza Pio XI, 2 Milano
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the guided tour