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Book tickets for the Leonardo Da Vinci 'Codice Atlantico' exhibition

This is the information page for the exhibition of works by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan entitled 'Codice Atlantico', with details of what's on show, where it's on show and how the exhibition is organised. If you're ready to reserve tickets, then go to this page.

'Codice Atlantico' - the Atlantic Code. A Dan Brown prequel? No - the more prosaic truth is that 'Codice' does not, here, translate as 'code', but rather 'codex', as in a bound book, the stage after scrolls, and 'Atlantico' alludes to the sheer size of the book - 'atlas-like'. But this is seriously under-selling this exhibition; this is not a 'book on public display', but a 'rolling selection' from a collection of over 1000 works by Leonardo da Vinci. Yet another compelling reason to visit Milan, over and above trying to get in and view the Last Supper. Read on below for further details.

Images of works by Leonardo da Vinci

The Codice Atlantico is the largest collection of works by Leonardo in the world, and this exhibiton is the first time ever that they have been on show. In the 16th century, the sculptor Pompeo Leoni made it his mission to collect more than 1700 documents (writings and illustrations) by da Vinci and to present them in one enormous book. In 1637 this volume was gifted to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, together with other manuscripts pertaining to da Vinci. Napoleon had away with them to Paris, eventually to return to Milan, locked away in 12 distinct volumes.

These volumes went on to be taken apart and preserved under laboratory conditions, and in late 2009 the results finally went on show in two prestigious Milan locations: the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Ambrosiana Gallery/Library) and the Sacrestia Monumentale del Bramante, the Sacristry at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo's Last Supper. Click here to view a location map.

To be clear, you will not be viewing the entire collection - what you will be seeing is a selection of works, perfectly displayed in the two venues, a selection that will vary every three months.

Designs by Leonardo da Vinci

The works span all of da Vinci's intellectual life, covering more than 40 years (1478 to 1519). The breadth of his vision is quite literally awe inspiring; here there are contributions to mechanics, mathematics, astronomy, botanics, geography, physics, chemistry and architecture. There are designs for fantastic machines - weapons, deep-sea vehicles and flying machines - side by side with philosophical meditations and studies in painting, sculpture and perspective.

A couple of points to bear in mind. The Bramante Sacristry has limited space, and for this reason your visit here will be limited to a maximum of thirty minutes. Note also that your ticket to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the second of the two venues, gives access to the rest of the gallery there. Indeed, for the duration of the exhibition, in the room that is home to some frescoes by Luini (one of Leonardo's circle), you can see a famous work by da Vinci - 'il Musico', as well as other works from Leonardo's circle and a representation of the Last Supper.

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Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.