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Santa Maria delle Grazie Church

Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is a Dominican convent that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site as it's home to the mural of Leonardo 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.

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Full Day Highlights of Milan with Da Vinci’s The Last Supper Private Tour
Explore the fashionable Italian city of Milan with its splendid castles, churches and of course the Duomo, on this full-day private tour. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the fashion district and enjoy a guided tour of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, with tickets to see the iconic fresco of The Last Supper by Da Vinci. On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personal attention and expert insights of your private guide. 
  • Explore the many cultural and architectural highlights of Milan, and learn about its long and varied history from a humble village in the 6th century BC to an important Renaissance stronghold, to the modern financial and fashion centre of Italy today. 
  • Admire the Sforzesco Castle, a medieval fortification dating to the early 15th century, and its magnificent park. 
  • Walk around Palazzo Clerici, a lavish 18th-century neo-classical residence and see the famous Teatro all Scala, Milan’s grand opera house dating to 1778.- Walk along with the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with its high-end shops and haute couture houses, like Gucci and Versace. 
  • Admire Milan’s spectacular Duomo, the centrepiece of the city that took over 600 years to build and is the second-largest cathedral in the world. 
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  • Explore the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio: One of the oldest buildings in Milan dated to 379 BC.
  • Finish your tour outside Santa Maria Delle Grazie with tickets to see the iconic painting of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Please note: our team will be in touch to find out the name of each guest on the tour, as tickets must be in each guest's name.
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Milan began as a humble 6th-century Celtic village and grew into one of Italy’s most prosperous cities. While it is a large city, the highlights are easily navigable on foot, on this full-day walking tour with your private guide. Experience both modern Milan, with its financial district, and fashionable shopping in the dazzling Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - home to the major fashion houses like Gucci and Versace, Armani and Ferragamo, as well as its venerable history, from castles to churches and old market squares. 

Admire medieval fortress castles and visit the historic Piazza Mercanti – the medieval hub of the city where swords and suits of armour could be bought and sold. It is surrounded by several grand old buildings which your guide will introduce you to: Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine, Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, Casa dei Panigarola & Loggia degli Osii. 

Stop outside the Duomo for some holiday snaps – the famous centre point of the city with its Gothic style spires, an astonishing cathedral that took over 600 years to complete. Wander through some cobbled back streets and discover some hidden gems, including the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio: One of the oldest buildings in Milan dating back to 379 BC, as well as the amazing Columns of St. Lawrence: one of the few ancient Roman ruins left in the city outside the grand basilica of the same name. 

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Experience the vibrant atmosphere, stunning architecture, ancient ruins, modern galleries, beautiful parks and the heart of fashionable Milan, the financial and fashion hub of Italy with an expert private guide. On your private walking tour you will:

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  • Hear how locals describe Milan - the experiences that have shaped their worldview, how they feel about fashion, tourism, and the future. 
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  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, and tips on finding the best, local food as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets.
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  • Grab a drink - an espresso and nibbles or a glass of wine- in your local guide’s favourite cafe.

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Milan is famous as the financial and fashionista hub of Italy. Looking good or ‘La Bella figura’ is an art form in the city and people-watching the oh-so-stylish Milanese is a lesson in panache. Milan is also Europe’s wealthiest non-capital city. Its cuisine is Italian of course, but peppered with exotic influences, from border nations and globe-trotting chefs to migrant kitchens. Full of Michelin restaurants, but also out of the way tavernas, local trattorias, and unpretentious cafes down cobbled side streets, Milan has it all. 

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local guide will help you discover the treasures hidden in plain sight throughout the city. As you snap pictures of the Piazza del Duomo, and tiny squares accessed through pedestrian archways, hear how Milan became one of the most important financial and fashion centres in Europe. Enjoy an immersive walking tour through Milan’s largest park and through its world-renowned shopping streets. 

At the end of your tour, enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine, on us with your guide!
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