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Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

This Dominican convent is a world heritage site which contains the mural of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper".

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The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built between 1463 and 1482 at the behest of Count Gaspare Vimercati. At first it was as a church and a Dominican convent; later, Ludovico the Moor ordered some alterations to make it fit to serve as a mausoleum for his family. Donato Bramante carried out this redesign, making some characteristic changes: large, semi-circular apses were added, along with a majestic cupola, a cloister and the famous refectory.


Seven square chapels were available inside the church, and the rich and powerful of Milan clamoured to claim them. Those who earned the right to bury their loved ones there also had them lavishly decorated by the masters of the time: within them are sculptures by Antonello da Messina, frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari and Donato da Montorfano’s The Crucifixion. Altogether, the ambitions and commissions of Milan’s nobility have made the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie a treasure of Renaissance Milan.


The Last Supper

Although beautiful in its own right, the church is famous for one reason above all: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Found in the refectory, this masterpiece shows Christ announcing that one of his apostles will betray him. It has just about stood the test of time, and of men: during World War II an Anglo-American bombing run hit the church and the convent. Parts of the refectory were destroyed but some walls survived, thankfully including the one which bears The Last Supper — it had been sand-bagged to protect it from just such a tragedy.

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".
Piazza Mercanti
"Merchants square" is former epicentre of the city where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold.
Sforza Castle
The ruling Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, now holding some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Da Vinci's The Last Supper
Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples.
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
A royal chapel built in the 16th Century, with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists.

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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. 

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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.
Half Day Highlights of Milan with Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
In this four hour 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. The majestic churches and cathedrals contain stunning frescos and architecture that cannot be missed, and the world renowned fashion district is a fascinating place to explore. In addition the art collections found in Milan boast a wide variety of work which include none other than 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
  • Visit Milan's historic theatre, the Theatre la Scala
  • 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
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. Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples. This tour includes skip the line tickets. 

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You will visit the Theatre la Scala, an iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held some of the most famous opera and ballet performances. Next will be a stroll in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. This vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing room" and is built with an impressive glass-vaulted arcade design.

Your guide will be pleased to take you to the Piazza Mercanti or "Merchants square" where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold. Explore the adjacent Sforza Castle, the former home of the ruling Sforza dynasty for centuries. It now holds some of Milan's most important artistic work.
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