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Milan: Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line The Last Supper

1. Milan: Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line The Last Supper

Discover the main monuments of Milan on a 3-hour walking tour, and learn the history of the most important city in northern Italy from a licensed local guide. Visit the historic church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to skip the long lines to see Da Vinci's miraculous mural of The Last Supper. Continue to the 15th-century Sforza Castle at the historic political center of the city. Get an amazing view from Piazza della Scala, in front of the famous La Scala theater where Toscanini, Puccini, Verdi and Maria Callas have all performed. Look over at the monument to Da Vinci and the beautiful Palazzo Marino. Then, stroll through the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II shopping arcade to reach Piazza Duomo. Explore the 3rd largest Christian church in the world from the outside to admire the marble features, thousands of statues and towering spires of the Milan Duomo.

Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

2. Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

Discover the imprint Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci left on Milan on this guided tour with an expert guide. Visit Sforza Castle and the Duomo and see Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini. Florence is not the only Renaissance city in Italy. You can still find some traces of that period in Milan as well. Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle, located in the heart of Milan. A few steps away from Duomo, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful pieces of art is resting, the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He created this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. Along the way, listen to fascinating true stories about Da Vinci as well. At the end of the tour, visit the courtyard and the interior of the Castle and learn about Milan’s powerful families.

Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

3. Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour in Milan to explore its Renaissance treasures including skip-the-line entry to da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at the World Heritage Site of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and the medieval fortification of Sforza Castle. Skip the lines to the Dominican convent where Da Vinci's legendary fresco of the “The Last Supper” is on display. Get an up-close look at this masterpiece while your guide explains the composition, perspective, and use of colors. Venture a few blocks to a hidden pearl of the city at the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel” of Milan. Proceed to the imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), where the dukes of Milan held court. See the beautiful grounds of the Parco Sempione surrounding the fortress, pass the iconic clock tower of the Torre del Filarete and stroll through the military courtyards as you learn more about the Sforza family and why they hired Da Vinci and invited him to live in the castle as a guest for decades.  

Milan: Sforza Castle Guided Tour

4. Milan: Sforza Castle Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Milan’s Sforza Castle and learn about its transformations over the centuries. Explore the defense fortress, military barracks, private quarters, and the center of cultural institutions and museums. Today the castle is home to museums of art, archives, and libraries. Hear the history of the structure when it was under the rule of the Visconti and Sforza families, and about the last extraordinary restoration of the castle made by architect Luca Beltrami at the beginning of the twentieth century. At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see Michaelangelo’s famous Pietà Rondanini.

From Milan: Full-Day Lake Como Romantic Tour

5. From Milan: Full-Day Lake Como Romantic Tour

After your transfer by train from Milan Cadorna Station to Como Lake Station, have a walking tour of the lake town of Como with a professional guide at your complete disposal.  If you want to admire the beauty of Lake Como, its unspoiled landscapes, banks filled with luxuriant vegetation, sumptuous villas and the small villages of rare beauty. This is where tourism, history, art and nature combine harmoniously. Nestled between the huge snow capped Alps that rise up from its shores is the fashionable, lakeside town Como. After spending time visiting the town or shopping and having a free lunch, take a panoramic cruise on Lake Como for 1-hour. You will stop in Torno, This pretty lakeside village is situated on high and has a view of Moltrasio, and behind it, of Monte Boletto. Enjoy a short stroll through the narrow streets in the village and then return by boat back to Como.

Milan: Sforza Castle & Leonardo Skip-the-Line Private Tour

6. Milan: Sforza Castle & Leonardo Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Begin your 3-hour tour with skip-the-line access to the Sforza Castle and its beautiful courts. Admire the castle's private rooms, and Michelangelo's last sculpture, Pietà. Then, follow your guide during a pleasant stroll through the city center. Walk down Dante's street to discover the palace where the most beautiful courtesans portrayed by Leonardo used to live. Next, head to the Ambrosiana Museum and discover the history of the most famous Atlantic Codex. Appreciate the room dedicated to Leonardo's art, alongside a wonderfully selected sequence of famous paintings realized by the great names of the Renaissance such as Botticelli, Luini, Raffaello, and the world famous Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio. Conclude the tour with a visit to Cathedral Square, which is just a few steps away.

Private Tour of Sforza Castle, Triennale and Branca Tower

7. Private Tour of Sforza Castle, Triennale and Branca Tower

Enjoy a private guided walk that starts from one of the most visited places in the city: the Sforza Castle. Visit the courtyards of this beautiful palace, an oasis of art and culture, while your guide will tell you all about its fascinating history and the artwork it hides. Your tour will continue through Sempione Park to reach the world-famous Triennale Palace - the building that, more than any other, tells the history of design in Milan. You will pass through the hall and then go down to the gardens, where an amazing work of art of Giorgio de Chirico is located. Finally, you'll get the chance to the climb up the Torre Branca and enjoy a 360° view of the city center and the Arco della Pace.

Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

8. Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

Discover the highlights of Milan on a half-day guided tour, including entrance to the legendary opera house of La Scala. Start in the heart of the city, at the famous Duomo. The Gothic cathedral is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and your guide will point out aspects of its impressive façade. Admire its flying butresses, and the gilded bronze statue of "Madonnina" atop the main spire. Continue to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for a walk through the glass vaults of the majestic 19th-century shopping arcade. Often referred to as, “Salotto di Milano” (“Milan’s Drawing Room”), the gallery is surrounded by boutique shops and cafés. Next, go to Piazza della Scala for a tour of the legendary La Scala Theatre opera house. Built in 1776, the theater has played host to some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Giuseppe Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. See the beautiful horseshoe auditorium from one of the 4th row boxes (except when rehearsals or performances are in progress). Continue to the hidden Piazza dei Mercanti, and enjoy a short respite from the crowds as you thrill to Bramante’s illusion of space created during the Renaissance. Stroll through the medieval heart of Milan to Sforza Castle, the impressive fortress of the former Dukes of Milan, and now the home of many of Milan’s finest museums.

Milan: Guided Tour Around the Sforzesco Castle

9. Milan: Guided Tour Around the Sforzesco Castle

Meet with our licensed guide and get ready for a thrilling walking tour of Milan’s Sforza Castle! Discover why the Sforza Castle is one of the city’s main symbols and learn about its century-long history. Follow our guide and find out how the castle was home to the Visconti and Sforza families - the two Milanese families ruling the city throughout the Middle Age and Renaissance – and how it was filled with masterpieces, such as the “Sala delle Asse”, a room frescoed by none other than Leonardo da Vinci between 1482 and 1499. Walk through the ancient courtyards and explore the monumental architecture, which in past centuries became a fortified compound under the Spanish and Austrian dominion. Learn about Napoleon’s wishful plans for the castle and how in the 20th century it became home to important Milanese museums, with collections extending from Egyptian art to rare musical instruments, while also comprising decorative arts, armours, paintings, prints and drawings… Explore the castle’s outer perimeter as well to better admire its monumental structure and discover how in the past the still existing moats were used for defensive purposes. Last but not the least, immerse yourself in Parco Sempione, the biggest park in town extending right at the castle’s back. Explore its plants and iconic monuments before enjoying a much-deserved rest under the soothing shade of trees!

From Milan: Full-Day Pavia & Oltrepo Pavese Tour

10. From Milan: Full-Day Pavia & Oltrepo Pavese Tour

In the morning, your driver and professional guide will pick you up from your hotel and will drive you to Pavia, a city famed for its 100 towers, currently retains the charms of its ancient past thanks to its historic monuments including its university which was founded in 1361. Pavia includes a large number of well-preserved medieval and early Renaissance buildings, churches and ancient squares. You will visit the Ponte Coperto, also known as the Ponte Vecchio. Also make sure to visit the Church of San Michele, the duomo and Castello Visconteo, which includes works dating from medieval times to the 20th century. After the visit, your driver will escort you to Oltrepo Pavese Region for your wine tour. This region is known locally as the Tuscany of the north for its beautiful rolling hills and its medieval hamlets. Your tour will include a visit of a winery followed by a wine tasting served with Salame di Varzi an authentic regional product made only in this area. Enjoy the countryside in Lombardy, you'll have time for a relaxing stroll and exploration of the traditional food and wine of the area having lunch in a local agriturismo/ trattoria.   After lunch, relax and you will continue to Certosa di Pavia, considered one of the most unique buildings in Lombardy. Located 8 kilometers north of Pavia, this historic complex was founded as an ex voto at the end of the 15th century and encompasses a monastery, a sanctuary and beautiful gardens. After the visit, your driver will escort you back to your accommodation in Milan.

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Our tour guide today was exceptional, her knowledge, friendliness and good humour made the whole tour excellent! Three hours is a long time to fill with information but she made it interesting right the way through, thanks for making it such a good experience!

Valentina was very knowledgeable, friendly and well spoken. She led a marvelous tour, and made sure to pay attention to each member of our group. It was a wonderful experience that we as a family enjoyed.

Our guide was great! Knowledgeable, answered questions and paced the tour well. Unfortunately we were only able to stay for the Last Supper and walk toward the Duomo, but till then, excellent tour.

The guide was fabulous. Walked and talked about the details of the Last supper and other details and the walking tour was very good. I would highly recommend this tour

We went on a day it ended up with a thunderstorm. Our guide was so good and she made it work despite the weather. Great time