Brera Palace

A neoclassical structure containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showing Milan's most famous work.

TravelCurious Tip

Very nearby is the rather beautiful and little known Chiesa di San Marco. Pay it a visit and admire the frescoes!

Formerly a Jesuit college, the Palazzo Brera is now home to several of Milan’s preeminent cultural institutions, including the Accademia di Brera and the Pinacoteca di Brera. Throughout Milan’s eventful history, the Palazzo has changed hands with the spoils of war and the mantle of power. The pope, the plague, the Habsburgs and Napoleon have all played a part in its story.

An Imperial Decree

The Pinacoteca di Brera alone warrants a visit to the Palazzo: it is one of Italy’s most important galleries. When Napoleon declared Milan capital of the Kingdom of Italy, treasures were brought in from across the country to underline its new status. Masterpieces from Raphael and Caravaggio were added to the collection, and a later exchange with the Louvre brought Flemish works to Italy, including pieces by Rubens and Van Dyck. Displayed chronologically, a trip to the Pinacoteca takes you through six centuries of Europe’s finest art.

The Elder Tree

The Orto Botanico di Brera is a botanical garden found between the Palazzo. Take a stroll between its rectangular, brick-trimmed flower beds and its elliptical ponds, and be sure to visit its 19th century greenhouse which contains one of the oldest Ginkgo biloba trees in Europe.

Nearby Attractions

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The Theatre la Scala
An iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world's oldest shopping malls, this vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing room".
Sforza Castle
The ruling Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, now holding some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Quadrilatero d'oro
The local name for the four streets that contain the world's most famous up-market shopping district.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Founded by Gian Poldi Pezzoli this art museum holds a wide variety of Italian and Northern European work.
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Originally the Bagatti brother's house, it contains Renaissance furnishings, tapestries and art works.

Related Tours

Full Day Highlights of Milan with Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
In this six hour walking tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of this magnificent city. 

Milan is a vast, modern city which plays an important role as an Italian economic and industrial hub. However behind this industrious veneer lies a city steeped in history, culture and fashion. Milan is home to stunning frescos and art including that of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Note: this tour must be booked one month in advance for the last supper to be included.

  • Commence at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Snap pictures of Da Vinci's iconic The Last Supper
  • Walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest shopping mall
  • Enjoy your time at Piazza Duomo, where the Gothic cathedral stands
  • Stroll through Piazza Mercanti, where suits of armour were once sold
  • Explore the artwork of  Sforza Castle
  • Learn about neoclassical artwork inside Brera Palace
  • Stand in awe of  the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a royal chapel
The Last Supper

Your guide will take you to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Dominican convent and world heritage site which contains world-famous mural of Da Vinci's The Last Supper. This iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples. This tour includes skip the line tickets. 

The Heart of Milan

You the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. A vast emporium known locally as "Milan's drawing room". Get to the heart of Milan’s fashion at the Quadrilatero d'oro, the world's most famous upmarket shopping district. Walk through the Piazza Duomo, "Cathedral Square" which is regarded as the heart of Milan to the spectacular Gothic cathedral itself, which took 600 years to build.

Your guide will take you to the Piazza Mercanti or "Merchants Square" where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold. Explore Sforza Castle, which holds some of Milan's most important artistic work. You will visit the Brera Palace a neoclassical construct containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showcasing Milan's most famous work. Visit the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore; a royal chapel built in the 16th Century, with stunning frescos that often go missed by Milan's tourists.


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