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Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour

2. Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour

Join a guided tour and discover a masterpiece of the Milanese Renaissance at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan Make the most of your time in Milan with this skip-the-line guided tour to see the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a guide to get up close to this masterpiece. Follow your guide inside the convent's refectory to feast your eyes on the beauty of the fresco. Uncover the secrets behind the painting, and discover more about the time da Vinci spent in Milan while working on this project. Listen closely as your guide shares fascinating stories and details about da Vinci and his work. Learn more about the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and hear why he decided to work in Milan from 1482 until 1499. Journey through the history of the Italian Renaissance as you explore the life of Da Vinci as artist, sculptor, engineer, scientist, and inventor. 

Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

3. Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

4. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

5. Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

Enjoy a seamless entrance to the Milan Cathedral, the international symbol of Milan, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy and in Europe. Visit this treasure of art and faith and discover its peculiarities, amongst which the spellbinding stained-glass windows and vertiginous columns. Discover the history of beautiful statues, such as the most famous statue of all the Cathedral: the Saint Bartholomew Flayed. See Sarcophagi, magnificent altars, and stunning organs.

Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

6. Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

Pre-book your entry ticket to one of Milan's most popular landmarks, the Sforza Castle, a Medieval-Renaissance fortress built in the 14th-century. Explore the castle grounds and the on-site museum's countless works of art while learning with a personal app-based audio guide. Start your adventure by exchanging your voucher at the meeting point in front of the Castle at Piazza Castello. Be sure to have your audio-guide app downloaded already, as this will ensure your sightseeing tour of Sforza Castle and Museum is educational and insightful. During your time at Sforza Castle, discover why this was one of the largest citadels in Europe and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this iconic structure. You will be sure to understand why this is one of Milan's most treasured and visited landmarks. Take a trip to the on-site museum which displays countless historic and iconic artworks by the likes of great artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Your audio guide is valid from the moment you set foot in Milan. The audio guide will provide plenty of suggested walking routes for you to become acquainted with the culture and history of the city.

Milan: Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie Guided Tour

7. Milan: Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie Guided Tour

Admire Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, one of the world's most famous paintings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the painting technique, history, mysteries, and legends surrounding the masterpiece located in the refectory of the adjacent church, Santa Maria delle Grazie. Begin your tour in Santa Maria delle Grazie Square in front of the Renaissance church. Built between 1492 and 1493 at the behest of the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, the church was originally a mausoleum for his family. With its iconic octagonal tribune designed by Bramante, Santa Maria delle Grazie defines one of the highest achievements of the Renaissance in northern Italy. Let yourself be amazed by the Last Supper, Leonardo's masterpiece that has continued to inspire throughout the centuries and will leave you with an indelible memory of Milan.

Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour with City Walking Tour

8. Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour with City Walking Tour

Marvel at Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" on a guided tour of the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Then embark on a guided city walking tour and admire the exterior architecture of some of Milan's top highlights, including the Duomo, La Scala, and Sforza Castle. Step inside the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you’ll see Leonardo’s The Last Supper. Follow your guide inside the convent's refectory to feast your eyes on this beautiful fresco. Uncover the secrets behind the painting, and hear more about the time da Vinci spent in Milan. Marvel at the medieval Sforza Castle, an imposing fortress was the residence of the dukes of Milan for centuries. Today it houses museums and important art collections. Stroll through Piazza della Scala, where you’ll find La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses. Some of the greatest musicians and singers the world has known have performed here. Enter the majestic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an amazing 19th-century glass vaulted shopping arcade. The Gallery is known as the Salotto di Milano (Milan’s drawing room) due to its importance throughout the years as a meeting point for Milan’s residents. View the beautiful exteriors of the famous Duomo, located in the heart of Milan. This impressive cathedral is often considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world.

Branca Tower Entrance Ticket

9. Branca Tower Entrance Ticket

In the 1930s, Milan built its totem in the clearing of Parco Sempione. Designed by Gio Ponti, this tower is considered a true work of art in which modern architecture and new techniques meet. Slim and transparent, a true architectural challenge, it was erected in record time – just two and a half months. The beautiful casing and wall, facing the side of the park in high-strength transparent crystal, allow a perspective view of the tower from the inside. Made from a special steel, flanged and bolted, the tower is 108.60 meters high. Today, a modern elevator can bring 7 people at a time to the top in less than one minute.

Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

10. Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Come face to face with the legendary mural of The Last Supper on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with skip-the-line tickets. Wonder in awe at the creation of the painting and the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Meet your licensed guide and skip the queue to enter straight into the church. Listen to the expert as they briefly introduce you to the life of Leonardo da Vinci, highlighting his works of art. Brace yourself as you step into the room containing the world-famous mural of The Last Supper, painted by da Vinci himself. Spend around fifteen minutes admiring this historic piece of artwork, learning about the characters displayed at the table and the techniques used to bring them to life.

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What people are saying about Milan

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4.6 / 5

based on 5,603 reviews

Massimo was an excellent guide. We were able to experience the history and beauty of Milan in a condensed and entertaining way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Milano for a short trip. The guide has lots of great history and humor to share

Our guide was very thorough and helpful. The transit with the bus and the lake cruise were very smooth. I hope we would be able to stay a little more on each place but that would not be possible if you want to see the most. Highly recommended

Although taking the last entry time (5pm) it is advisable to get your audio tour before 4pm and see the cathedral first. Then go up to the terraces and roof for pre sunset hour. You must return your audio equipment before 6pm.

Victor was great. He was waiting for us on time and it wasn’t hard at all to find him. He gave a lot of very interesting details about the Cathedral. We enjoyed our visit a lot. It was worth it.

Really nice tour. The guide was kind and explain well. I recommend it