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Il Cenacolo, Milan

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One of the most famous paintings in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's Il Cenacolo is a 15th-century mural in the World Heritage-listed convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This painting is one of the most studied, scrutinized, and satirized works of art ever. It was created for the artist's patron, Ludovico Sforza, and represents the scene of the last supper attended by Jesus and all of his disciples, as told by the Gospel of John. The painting measures 460 cm by 880 cm (180 in by 350 in) and covers an end wall of the convent's dining hall. Though little of the original painting remains today, repeated restoration efforts have prevented the image from completely deteriorating. To see this masterpiece, you must book tickets ahead of time, often months in advance. Go online to explore guided tour options and see available time slots. Work out when and for how long to visit Il Cenacolo and other Milan attractions using our handy Milan travel route planner.
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  • Wondeful guide. Well organized. We bought our tickets on Trip Advisor before we left the US. Everyone was amazed that we were able to get tickets on short notice. Plan ahead to see this amazing... 
    Wondeful guide. Well organized. We bought our tickets on Trip Advisor before we left the US. Everyone was amazed that we were able to get tickets on short notice. Plan ahead to see this amazing...  more »
  • Da Vince’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, was the draw at this historic destination. It is a small venue, and you only get 15 minutes to view the mural, but it is worth every second. After having... 
    Da Vince’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, was the draw at this historic destination. It is a small venue, and you only get 15 minutes to view the mural, but it is worth every second. After having...  more »
  • We visited The Last Supper one hot summer day I July, and it was a wonderful experience. We had a very good guide, knowledgeable, fast, flexible, friendly and open to questions; and we learned a lot.....  more
    We visited The Last Supper one hot summer day I July, and it was a wonderful experience. We had a very good guide, knowledgeable, fast, flexible, friendly and open to questions; and we learned a lot.....  more »
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  • Obviously it's always an amazing opportunity when you get to see a masterpiece before your very eyes. So definitely visit if you can! You definitely want to book tickets way in advance though because it seems to sell out quick. Museum should consider extended hours so everyone who wants to witness these masterpieces are well able to. Plus one can make more money from doing so as well!
  • This place has a beautiful and special aura. It is fascinating to see the painting in real life. The staff and the circuit is very well organized. You leave your baggage there 10 minutes in advance and with 5 minutes before your visit, you need to be at the door. You get past security and the doors will open automatically when it is scheduled. 15 mins is more than enough to admire the masterpiece. You need to book in advance, so I suggest you check the available places a long time before your journey(around 1-2 months before, but some free places will appear randomly sometimes, so definitely check their website from time to time)
  • A humbling experience seeing such a celebrated work of art. You can tell they have done their utmost to preserve the piece. The museum itself is small, you get 15 minutes to view the painting. There are some boards with additional information to read after the viewing time has elapsed. For 15 euros it is worth it. Please be aware, the ticket office opens at 08:00am. So if you are booked on the 08:15am visit slot then this is the earliest that you can collect your tickets (the email states the arrive 30 minutes prior to visit slot). Drinks are not permitted inside the museum itself. There are free lockers available, however drinks must be inside a bag and cannot be stored on their own.
  • The Last Supper was awesome to see in person. We booked a tour to see as it is hard to get tickets through the ticket center. They tend to be sold out well in advance. The maximum amount of people allowed to view is thirty people so you really have plenty of space to see it. They only allow fifteen minutes per session so it moves pretty quick.
  • We had a guided tour that added a lot of context to this wonderful venue. Exceptionally interesting to see how restoration leveraged such a little remaining original Leonardo paint. It will likely be a little warm in the church but still is an experience that gets you close to medieval art that is pretty cool. Highly recommend getting a touring service to do this. The added context is wonderful

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