Milan is one of the top 3 fashion cities in the world, but there is much more, it is also home to an incredible patrimony of art and culture. On this walking tour, we’ll take to the city by foot starting with a visit to the “Duomo? located in the most central point of the city, this is an impressive & beautiful cathedral often described as one of the most beautiful churches in the world, so impressive, in fact, an American author Mark Twain dedicated a whole chapter to it in his book Innocents Abroad describing it as “…so grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!”. Our next stop is Galleria Vittorio Manuele II a 19th-century glass vaulted shopping arcade. Brimming with fashionable shops and cafés it is often called the “salotto di Milano? or “Milan?s drawing room? for its importance as a meeting point through the years for the Milanese. Passing through the Gallery we arrive at Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned Scala Theatre Milan?s Opera House since 1778 which is still in use. Some of the greatest musicians and singers the world has ever known have performed here, notably Giuseppe Verdi whose famous operas, such as Falstaff, often premiered in this very theatre. Next it?s through the Brera District. Rich in historical buildings and “literature cafés”, restaurants and fashionable bars this area has long been home to artists and intellectuals. It’s picturesque and winding streets lead us north to Castello Sforzesco. An imposing medieval Castle and fortress, Sforzesco was once seat and residence of the ruling family of Milan and now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. The culmination of this walking tour is none other than Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest masterpiece: ” Last Supper”, hidden away at the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. This enormous and complex 15th-century mural captures the emotional moment in which Jesus announces that one of his 12 disciples will betray him.
The “Last Supper” had been severely damaged over the centuries, and has only very recently undergone a painstaking 21 year restoration, revealing the original colors and details of this masterpiece. The delicate nature of this mural and its importance means entrance is strictly limited to those who have pre-booked – and only one group is allowed to stand with the painting at a time in a specially conditioned room for 15 minutes. This Skip the Line Tour of the Best of Milan includes this difficult to obtain pre-booked entrance, guaranteeing exclusive no line entry and an intimate viewing of this special painting. ** Your viewing of the last supper is super-exclusive. You will have 15 minutes alone with the painting, your guide and a group of no more than 25 people. A special dress code is required to enter in churches & museums. Knees and shoulders must to be covered. Gartour cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.