At tickitaly we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get people in to see the Last Supper. There is just no getting around the fact that enormous demand into tiny venue simply does not add up. We are trying some different approaches, and this - joining a larger more inclusive tour - is one of them.
The biggest problem is that the philosophy of the organisation behind ticketing for the Last Supper is geared towards satisfying tour groups and large parties. This is, begrudgingly, understandable ... if they can fill their slots with single large bookings as opposed to multiple individual travellers, then they're going to opt for the easy route every time. This leaves us pretty much picking up the crumbs for you, the DIY traveller.
Don't misunderstand us - we do fulfill between 50 and 70% of the orders we take (this varies according to the time of year) - but that still leaves a lot of unlucky and unhappy customers.
So, we've joined forces with a Milan company that organises regular group tours, and have a long established arrangement with the Last Supper 'management' - an arrangement that gives them good access to block-bookings. The upside - we can pretty much guarantee a visit to see the Last Supper; the downside - it will cost more than a standard ticket. But standard tickets are hard to come by, and this is far more than a 'standard' tour. Over and above your guaranteed viewing of the Last Supper, you'll have either a walking tour ('In the footsteps of Leonardo') or a combined bus and guided walking tour of Milan.
The tours last roughly three to three and a half hours. The walking tour runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.00 PM (until the end of October). The combined bus/walking tour runs at either 9.30 AM or 2.30 PM, Tuesday to Sunday inclusive, all year round. The itineraries are usually as follows:
1. Walking tour, 'In the footsteps of Leonardo'.
This walking tour (starting at 4.00 PM) begins at Milan's Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (gallery) where you'll see Leonardo masterpieces such as the 'Musico' (portrait of a musician, oil on panel) and some of the illustrated manuscripts featured in the noted 'Codice Atlantico' exhibition (see our information page).
Then, roughly an hour later, it's on towards the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo's Last Supper. Your entrance to view the Last Supper is guaranteed, and your tour will finish here at around 7.00 PM.
2. Combined Milan bus and walking tour.
Departure from meeting point followed by transfer to Piazza Scala. A guided tour, on foot, of Piazza Scala - home to Teatro alla Scala, the opera house - the Theatre Museum, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Duomo and a visit to the cathedral. There are some bureaucratic changes occuring in 2012 that may mean the guide will not be able to accompany you around the interior of the Duomo - everything will be explained beforehand and your guide will be waiting for you outside, should this prove to be the case. This, the on-foot part of the tour, will last around 60 minutes.
Next comes a 'panoramic' tour of Milan by bus, terminating at the Castello Sforzesco, where you'll have a guided tour of the interior spaces (museum entrance at the castle is not included, but you may enter for free after 4.30 PM). Next it's a bus transfer to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
In the event of any special events taking place it is possible that the Duomo and La Scala visit may not be practical. The tour ends in Foro Bonaparte. The morning tours have a commentary in 2 languages ... the first language is always English, on Tuesday and Friday there is Spanish as well, Wednesday and Saturday German, Thursday French and Sunday Italian. The afternoon tour has commentary in English only.
Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left.
Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the tickets and tours that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.
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