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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

1. 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: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

2. Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

See the frescoes of the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and the events they show from Biblical stories and mystical characters. Visit works by Bernardino Luini and other important masters of the Lombard Renaissance. In the company of our expert guide, understand the splendor of this building and the treasures it contains. The Church of San Maurizio conceals several masterpieces of Italian art history by the most famous Lombard painters of the 16th century. As with other of our cultural itineraries, this guided tour of the Church of San Maurizio aims to introduce visitors to the varied world of legends and anecdotes surrounding the admirable masterpieces, without neglecting a careful historical and artistic reconstruction. While wandering around the church, the guide will also explain Aurelio Luini's Noah's Ark: an astonishing painting, a veritable zoological treatise rich in detail, which depicts with splendid attention giraffes, tigers, and unicorns, all lining up to board the Ark.

Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Make the most of your Milanese stay and experience the gems of the city found off the beaten path, away from the most popular city sights. Meet your guide at the corner of Via Torino, for a 3-hour walk in the medieval commercial district. See where the old artisan activities survive in the street names: Via Spadari (sword makers), Via Cappellari (milliners), and Via Armorari (armorers), for example. Savor freshly made cream cannoli from the old Panarello pastry shop, or the traditional focaccia at the Princi bakery. Behind the inconspicuous façade of San Satiro church, you'll discover the amazing solution adopted by Bramante to create space where there was no space! Admire some of Milan's oldest buildings at Piazza dei Mercanti, once the center of the city's medieval market. The 13th century Palazzo della Ragione was built to symbolize the independence won from the Germanic rulers. See the Loggia degli Osii and the Palace of the Palatine School, Milan’s first university. The Church of San Maurizio awaits with its collection of 16th-century Renaissance frescoes. Bernardino Luini, who painted most of the church, was a Lombard artist who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. Saint Ambrose is not only Milan's patron saint, but also was a charismatic personality. Archbishop Ambrose lies in the crypt of the basilica founded by him in the 4th century, which is considered by locals to be the true church. The Romanesque-style church features scary mythological animals overlooking the patio and columns with the marks of the devil's horns.

Milan: City Highlights Walking Tour with The Last Supper

4. Milan: City Highlights Walking Tour with The Last Supper

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Milan and experience city highlights, including the Piazza della Scala and fast-track access to Da Vinci's The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Start your Milan experience in Piazzale Cadorna, and enjoy a guided walk to the Duomo. Skip the lines to the city’s Gothic cathedral. Continue to the city’s fashion district and explore the trendy Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, a 19th-century architectural treasure. Stop at Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous opera house. Take a break and enjoy lunch in the historic center. Visit the UNESCO-listed Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Skip the lines to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Head to the 16th-century church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, known as the Sistine Chapel of Milan, before visiting Castello Sforzesco. End the tour at a museum that’s home to Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini.

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What people are saying about San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,790 reviews

Amazing experience. Guide was Knowledgeable and fun. An hour of the tour could be cut when you are walking around modern financial district, but it is to be expected overall. We also left after “The Last Supper” and he was ok with that.

We had an amazing tour! Enjoyed learning all about the history & mystery of Milan. Our guides were fantastic in sharing all the not so well known facts as well. Would definitely recommend this! Thank you!

Yazza was our guide . Really good, one of the best city tours we have been on. Very knowledgeable and her passion and love for her city I’d infectious. Highly recommend this tour

Our guide was fabulous. He didn’t talk incessantly but when he did talk it was enjoyable, entertaining, and relevant. Very kind. Very fun

Excellent to see all the main attractions of Milan! Really good experience.