THE BRERA PALACE AND THE DISTRICT


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visiting time : approximately 2 hours
Milano
€ 240 to be shared by a group up to 5 people and € 300 to be shared by a group up 6 to 10 people + tickets entrance ( 12€ per person )
Guided visits for groups

Description

THE BRERA PALACE AND THE DISTRICT

Personalized visits for small groups

General Description

The Palace itself is exceptional; it was constructed from 1591 as a Jesuit theology college, and greatly extended by the architect Richini from 1651. Under the rule of Maria Teresa of Austria, in the 18th century the Jesuit order was suppressed, and the building became the seat for various schools of learning. It now houses several cultural institutions such as Art Academy, Art Gallery, Botanic Garden, the Astronomical Observatory and the important National Braidense Library. In the first courtyard, a statue of Napoleon by Antonio Canova depicts the emperor naked, with a Winged Victory in his right hand.

The Museum

The Brera Palace hosts one of the finest galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Italian art. It was greatly extended between 1805 and 1811, when the new French rulers of the city confiscated works from churches and monasteries, and installed them here, building an extension to house them. Famous works include Raphael’s “Marriage of the Virgin”, Piero della Francesca’s altarpiece, and Mantegna’s Dead Christ in dramatic foreshortening. There is a Last Supper by Rubens, in which the eyes of Judas seem to follow you as you move through the room, and the ultra-romantic “Kiss” is by Francesco Hayez, who was so celebrated in Milan during his time (the 19th-century) that he is commemorated with a statue in Piazzetta Brera.

The National Braidense Library

In 1770, Maria Theresa of Austria, considering that Milan needed “an open library for the common use of anyone who wants to cultivate his mind, and acquire new knowledge“, decided to assign the library of Pertusati to the public use and open it in 1786. The tour includes the beautiful Maria Theresa Hall with its remarkable bookshelves which were designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini. They are made of walnut and are composed by two distinct orders with a continuous balcony. A portrait of the Empress painted by Agostino Comerio hangs at the entrance.

The Botanic Garden

As desired by Maria Teresa of Austria, it was instituted two and a half centuries ago behind the Palace, with the intention of having a dedicated space for gardening, horticulture, cultivation of medicinal plants, meditation and contemplation.

The Astronomical Observatory

The most ancient scientific institution in Milan, founded in 1764 by Luigi La Grange and Giuseppe Ruggiero Boscovich actually is a museum. A second site, located at Villa San Rocco in Merate, Brianza, became operational in 1923, and now is one of the top level research institutes in the world.

 

 

Further recommended itinerary

The Palace is located in the Brera District, which was once the turf of artists. There is still a number of private galleries and arts supply stores in Via Brera, Via del Carmine, Piazza San Simpliciano, and Via Solferino. In addition, Brera Design Discrict is now an international famous brand, and during the Milan Design Week it offers hundreds of exhibitions and fashionable events.

The basilica of San Simpliciano is a must-see. Founded by Ambrose, archbishop of Milan, in the 4th century, the basilica was at that time outside the city walls, at a location notorious for prostitution. For this reason, Ambrose dedicated the church to virgins, and named it Basilica Virginum. After Ambrose’s death, it was finished by his successor Simplicianus, who is buried here.

See link: Basilica of San Simpliciano

 

The cost includes: the tour description by an expert.

 

  • Duration of this additional itinerary = 2 hours approx
  • Cost for a total of 4 hours of visit: € 460 to be shared by a group up to 5 people; 500 € to be shared by a group up 6 to 10 people + tickets entrance ( 12€ per person )

What’s included

  • 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

Meeting point

Departure

piazzetta brera
Meeting 15 minutes before the entrance time to Brera Palace, in Piazzetta Brera - to the right of the entrance to the Museum, near the Francesco Hayez statue

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund
  • 50% refund between 72 and 24 hours before the start of the visit
  • No refund within 24 hours before the start of the visit.

It is possible to organize private and customized guided tours, in different languages ( for information and prices please contact us)

Info and booking

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