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Visit Da Vinci's masterpiece Il Cenacolo in Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Last Supper tickets

The Last Supper or Il Cenacolo is a mural in a monastery of Milan, the Santa Maria delle Grazie and was painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Tips for tours and tickets.

Info & Tickets The Last Supper

Location Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie 2. Metro stop Conziliazone (red line 1) and Cadorno (green line 3) are both 600 meters away.
Tickets

Warning: Only 18 people are allowed to visit the painting at the same time every 15 minutes. As a result, The Last Supper tickets are usually sold out weeks in advance or even more expensive tickets are only available through tour organizations that buy all tickets. Also note whether you buy tickets including The Last Supper or only entrance tickets to the Santa Maria Delle Grazie:

  • The Last Supper Tickets, from 15 € (book tickets online) Tip: Unfortunately, these tickets are often sold out quickly, in which case we recommend this tour of 44 € (book your tour), the most relax way to visit the Last Supper mural.
  • Only access to the Santa Maria Delle Grazie 6 € (book tickets online)
  • hildren up to and including 17 years 5 €

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Option 2: The Last Supper is also part of some Milan city walks. As an advantage you then have the guidance of a guide and sometimes there is more availability. I've good experiences with this tour where you also visit the Duomo and the La Scala theater. Check out the following options:

Hours
  • Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am - 1:45 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, January 1 and December 25
Others
  • App: Download the 'Cenacolo Vinciano Official app' from the 'Play Store', a very useful app during your museum visit.
  • Official website

Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery

The church Santa Maria delle Grazie with the adjoining cloister dates from the fifteenth century and was built on the spot where a chapel in honor of Saint Mary had previously stood. Well-known architects and artists contributed to the construction, such as Solaria, Bramante, Montorfano and Amadeo. A striking piece of history is the bombing of the church in World War II. Most of the church in Milan was then destroyed and many works were lost, except for the painting for which the Santa Maria delle Grazie is now known: The Last Supper (or Il Cenacolo in Italian).

The Last SupperThe monastery with the famous masterpiece
The Last Supper MilanVisit Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

Da Vinci's Last Supper

This immense mural measuring almost five by nine meters is made by Leonardo da Vinci. At the time when the important Sforza family held sway in Milan, Duke Sforza decided to commission Da Vinci to make this mural. Da Vinci did not work on it continuously, but it was completed in a span of almost four years. After the aforementioned bombardments, the painting has undergone several restorations, but unfortunately this has not always had the desired effect. Since The Last Supper was a mural and therefore could not be removed from the wall like a normal painting, it could not be placed anywhere else. As a result, this painting has never been outside the walls of the monastery.

Leonardo da Vinci

In addition to The Last Supper, you probably know Da Vinci as an architect, visual artist, writer, inventor, mathematician and anatomist. When he was working on the mural, he was also busy studying light, sound, movement and human emotions. It is therefore that this painting is so different from what people were used to at the time. Leonardo Da Vinci applied his newly discovered knowledge in The Last Supper. You will see this clearly from the expressions on the faces of Jesus and the apostles, the gestures used and the body postures depicted.

Santa Maria delle Grazie MilanThe austere exterior of the Santa Maria delle Grazie
Tickets The Last SupperInterior of the church in Milan

What is The Last Supper about?

The painting itself is not unique to the dining room of a monastery, as such decorations were quite common for the time. The mural shows Jesus and his apostles at a large table, with everyone sitting on one side. The moment, which is extensively described in the Bible, is about Jesus telling his apostles about the traitor who is among them. Due to the painting technique used by Leonardo da Vinci – which was different from a real fresco – the painting started to suffer from the climatic conditions in the dining room soon after it was finished. The attempts that various restorers have made afterwards to restore it to its original state have also not always been successful.

Tickets & Tours The Last Supper

You must always make a reservation for a visit and you may be present in the dining room for a maximum of 15 minutes. Since the condition of the mural is affected by the air in the room, you are limited not only in time, but also in the number of visitors allowed into the room at one time. The conditioning of the air climate now ensures that the quality of the mural does not deteriorate further. This means that you pass through a lock that filters the air before entering the room with The Last Supper itself. You can buy The Last Supper tickets for the tours here:

Where is Santa Maria delle Grazie located?

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