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5 Reasons to Visit Santa Maria Delle Grazie

Mainly known as the home of Leonardo Da Vinci's world-famous The Last Supper, Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan is a magnificent church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are 5 reasons to visit this stunning and eclectic hybrid of architectural styles.

Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper

Few paintings are as iconic as Da Vinci's 15th century mural. Though nearly destroyed on many occasions, thanks to a recent restoration, it can now be admired in all its splendor.

The Facade

The exterior demonstrates the church's mix of architectural styles: while the sober terracota facade exemplifies the Lombard tradition, the lavish entrance is in Renaissance style.

The Nave

The central nave and the adjacent aisles, with their highly ornate and exquisitely frescoed arches, are splendid examples of Late Gothic architecture.

The Dome

Designed by the eminent Renaissance architect Donato Bramante, this remarkable dome is camouflaged on the outside – its hemisphere is only apparent from the church's interior.

The Cloister of Frogs

The lovely garden of this inner cloister, named after the statues that spout water into the fountain, is ideal for a picturesque breather from the bustle of Milan.

Our insider tips

Book in Advance for Last Supper

If you want to see The Last Supper, it's necessary to reserve tickets ahead of time. Visits are limited to 15-minute viewing slots. Tickets sell out fast, so you should plan well in advance – in the high season, for example, they sometimes sell out 3 months in advance!

Access the Cloister Any Time

As mentioned above, the cloister is a lovely spot to take a break and renew your energies. If you want to visit the cloister but mass is ongoing, don't worry, you can also access the cloister from a side door at the back of the church.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 7 AM - noon, 3-7PM Monday through Saturday; 7.30AM - 12.15PM, 3.30-9PM on Sundays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Church admission: Free. Last Supper viewing: € 6.50 + € 1.50 booking fee
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory but recommended
  • How to get there
    The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is in between two metro stations: Cadorna Triennale and Conciliazone. It’s a 15-minute walk from the
    Duomo or a quick taxi ride.
  • Additional information

    • Make sure to book in advance to view The Last Supper.

    • Check weather before visiting and dress accordingly.

What people are saying about Santa Maria delle Grazie

Wonderful, spiritual, inspiring and beautiful.

As people who appreciate art, history and God in our lifes, we found our guide Donatella passionate about her work with such knowledge that made our experience unique, my wife and I thank you.

Milan: Half-Day History Tour and The Last Supper Reviewed by Manuel, 05/11/2018

Katia made the experience full featured and rich!

A fabulous and informative tour on everything you never knew about Milan and didn’t know you really wanted to know. Our guide, Katia, was joyful and a font of information. This started with the Last Supper which was breathtaking but continued in depth into Milan history. Loved it. We will return.

Milan: Half-Day History Tour and The Last Supper Reviewed by Leslie, 05/09/2018

Fantastic tour. Our guide Davide really made it terrific

Davide’s introduction was excellent and gave us the right information before going in. Then followed with more and put Leonardo’s contribution in perspective. We also enjoyed the tour to and around the Sforza castle and finally the San Giovanni maggiore was also excellent. Heartily recommend it. Not really related to the tour but on the walk to the castle I was impressed by Davide’s stopping and waiting for green lights for pedestrians. Also the audio equipment worked really well and was essential especially on the walk

Great way to experience the history of Milan

The guide was very well informed and jovial in style. The headsets meant we could hang back and not have to swarm around the guide - making it more enjoyable.

Da Vinci's Last Supper & Best of Milan Tour Reviewed by Paul, 05/02/2018

enjoyed the side stories throughout the tour

Very informative, especially the info on the Last Supper as the 15 minutes of viewing was not enough Also the ''surprise extra''

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