Get ready to discover the hidden beauty, art and history of Milan on our private walking tour of the undisputed world’s capital of fashion, design, commerce and finance.
You will have the opportunity to admire the Last Supper, one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest masterpieces, inside the refectory of the Dominican convent close to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This enormous and complex fifteenth century mural had been severely damaged over the centuries, and has only very recently restored, revealing the original colors and details of this art masterpiece. The tour also includes a guided visit to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is one of Renaissance art’s most important testimonies and a shining symbol of creative human genius. You can admire the dome designed by Donato Bramante.
Take a stroll through the historic heart of the city to visit its most famous landmarks: head towards the imposing Sforza Castle and its surrounding park to learn about the family who sponsored much of da Vinci’s work and brought Milan to prosperity. Walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and learn about Teatro La Scala as you pass it, the home of opera in Milan – and a powerhouse on the international scene. Then enter the Duomo, which is the largest and impressive church in Italy, and took almost six centuries to complete, but it was worth every day. Your guide will teach you about the history of this great structure. At the end of the tour You will enjoy a light lunch in a panoramic restaurant with breathtaking views of the Duomo.
After arrival You will first visit the famous Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Renaissance jewel. Stroll along the exterior and courtyards of Sforza Castle. Guided visit of the historical city center and get into the Duomo Cathedral. At the end of the tour light lunch in a famous panoramic restaurant with breathtaking views of the Duomo.
In 1495, Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Last Supper on the wall of the refectory (dining hall) of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, and completed it in 1498. Leonardo was commissioned to execute the painting in the Dominican monastery of this Church by Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is one of the most admired, most studied, and most reproduced paintings the world has ever known. In its simplicity, the composition of the scene is masterful; the power of its effect comes from the striking contrast in the attitudes of the 12 disciples as counterposed to Christ. Leonardo portrayed a moment of high tension when, surrounded by the Apostles, Jesus says, “One of you will betray me.” All the Apostles—as human beings who do not understand what is about to occur—are agitated, whereas Christ alone, conscious of his divine mission, sits in lonely, transfigured serenity. Only Judas shares the secret knowledge: he is both part of and yet excluded from the movement of his companions. In this isolation he becomes the second lonely figure—the guilty one—of the company.