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Milan: Historical Walking Tour and The Last Supper Ticket

1. Milan: Historical Walking Tour and The Last Supper Ticket

Discover the highlights of Milan on a historical walking tour that includes a skip-the-line ticket to see Da Vinci’s masterpiece "The Last Supper." Meet your English-speaking guide by the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to enjoy fast-track entry to the world’s most famous Renaissance mural. Viewings are strictly limited and allow up to 15 minutes to study Da Vinci’s details. Then, stroll to the Sforza Castle and its surrounding park. Built in the 14th-century by the most important families of Milan, the fortress is now home to many important exhibitions and museums. Walk along Via Dante to Piazza dei Mercanti, site of the city’s medieval market. Continue to the opulent La Scala Theater, built in 1776 in Piazza della Scala. Enter the glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to see a miracle of 19th-century engineering. End outside the Duomo, and marvel at the façade of Milan’s most symbolic building.

Milan: Guided Walking Tour and Last Supper Ticket

2. Milan: Guided Walking Tour and Last Supper Ticket

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 highlights, including the Duomo, La Scala, and Sforza Castle. Your Milan tour begins at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie*, where you’ll see Leonardo’s The Last Supper. Admission to see this important work of art is strictly limited to those who have pre-booked tickets. After, your guide will take you to the medieval Sforza Castle. This imposing fortress was the residence of the dukes of Milan for centuries. Today is houses museums and important art collections. Head to the charming Piazza dei Mercanti, an unexpected square hidden away from the crowded streets. Experience the Renaissance illusion of space created by Bramante in heart of the medieval city. Continue on to 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. You’ll 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. Lastly, visit 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.

Milan: Segway Tour

3. Milan: Segway Tour

Discover Milan by Segway on this guided tour. Follow your tour leader as you glide through the streets listening to your guide's commentary which adds context to the stunning places, churches, and monuments that you pass.  Begins with an orientation session that is designed to help you ride confidently. Once you feel comfortable riding the Segway, journey into Milan's historic center. Have the opportunity to see all the major sites, while comfortably listening to your tour guide. Ride through Sempione Park to the Sforzesco Castle, where the ruling families of Milan used to live. Proceed to the gorgeous Cathedral Square, where you will get to see the gallery dedicated to Vittorio Emanuel which is now a luxury shopping center with brands like Prada and Armani. Set your sights upon Milan’s magnificent cathedral and cruise through the elegant pedestrian street, Via Dante, before visiting Piazza dei Mercanti, in the center of medieval Milan.

Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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: Leonardo da Vinci City Exploration Game

5. Milan: Leonardo da Vinci City Exploration Game

Discover Milan's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around town. You will help Leonardo da Vinci finish his famous mural, The Last Supper, by solving enigmas around Milan's city center, going to places where he lived or worked. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you will get your access code by email, to be used in the app. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace.  You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Milan: Private History Segway Tour

6. Milan: Private History Segway Tour

Jump on your Segway and ride effortlessly to the most famous attractions in Milan’s historic center. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll start off at Sforza Castle, where your guide will provide interesting historical commentary. The tour will take you to the Arco della Pace (the Peace Arch) and the Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous Teatro alla Scala (Scala Opera House) and Palazzo Marino. Next you will see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then Piazza del Duomo, where you will be able to take in the beauty of Milan's massive cathedral and learn about the other monuments lining the square. If you like, the guide will take your photo in front of the iconic cathedral. Next head to Piazza Mercanti, then travel the Chinese district passage along via Paolo Sarpi to Porta Garibaldi (the Garibaldi Gate) and Corso Como. Then see Milan's new skyline and learn about the history of the new skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. The tour will end in the Brera district with a visit to the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (academy of fine arts of Brera). Learn about the history of the Palazzo Brera (Brera Palace) and of the district of artists.

Milan: City Highlights Walking Tour with The Last Supper

7. 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.

Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

8. Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

Discover the highlights of Milan on a half-day guided tour, including entrance to the legendary opera house of La Scala. Start in the heart of the city, at the famous Duomo. The Gothic cathedral is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and your guide will point out aspects of its impressive façade. Admire its flying butresses, and the gilded bronze statue of "Madonnina" atop the main spire. Continue to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for a walk through the glass vaults of the majestic 19th-century shopping arcade. Often referred to as, “Salotto di Milano” (“Milan’s Drawing Room”), the gallery is surrounded by boutique shops and cafés. Next, go to Piazza della Scala for a tour of the legendary La Scala Theatre opera house. Built in 1776, the theater has played host to some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Giuseppe Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. See the beautiful horseshoe auditorium from one of the 4th row boxes (except when rehearsals or performances are in progress). Continue to the hidden Piazza dei Mercanti, and enjoy a short respite from the crowds as you thrill to Bramante’s illusion of space created during the Renaissance. Stroll through the medieval heart of Milan to Sforza Castle, the impressive fortress of the former Dukes of Milan, and now the home of many of Milan’s finest museums.

Milan: City Highlights Exploration Game

9. Milan: City Highlights Exploration Game

Have fun and discover Milan with an exciting city exploration game. You will follow the steps of the main character of the game, a distressed man wearing a cloak and a red cap that needs your help. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and provides exact directions to move into the next location. The city game will take you around 2 hours to complete. Benefit from exploring at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

Milan Highlights Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

10. Milan Highlights Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

Experience a cosmopolitan mix of art, culture, fashion, design, finance and business on a walking tour of Milan city center, and discover why it attracts millions of visitors to its trendy boutiques and stores. Meet your guide by the Duomo on Piazza del Duomo for close up views of the stained glass windows, marble statues, and spires of one of the world's largest cathedrals. Then, stroll over to La Galleria, designed by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni as an iron and glass cupola, and discover the flagship stores of Prada, Gucci, and Armani under the glass canopy of the luxury arcade. Next, take in the somber façade of La Scala, the most famous opera house in the world. Opposite you’ll see City Hall, seperated from the theater by a 19th-century statue of Leonardo da Vinci surrounded by his pupils. Take a short cut through Piazza dei Mercanti to see porticos, reliefs and loggias still standing from the Middle Ages. Continue to the 14th-century Castello Sforzesco, once one of the largest fortified military citadels in Europe. Now completely restored, the castle is home to many of Milan’s most important museums, including the Museum of Ancient Art, where Michelangelo's “Rondanini Pietà” sculpture takes pride of place.

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What people are saying about Piazza Mercanti

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,653 reviews

Excellent, informative tour. Thank you to Michaela our host for her wealth of knowledge spoken in English. Highly recommend.

A leisure walk, our guide was detailed, we had time for pictures and bathroom break. A must for the first time in Milano.

The guide was excellent, she knew many things, and was friendly. Super recommended if you want to know Milano.

Awesome excursion. Good guide. It is a good possibility to see "The last supper" without queue

Informative and very helpful. Laura was a great guide.