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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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  • An amazing visit to see one of the most celebrated and best known works of art in history. Booking ahead is essential and you are restricted to just fifteen minutes. Try to book a guided tour as this....  more
    An amazing visit to see one of the most celebrated and best known works of art in history. Booking ahead is essential and you are restricted to just fifteen minutes. Try to book a guided tour as this....  more »
  • We were in Milan for the first time and only for 3 days. Antonio at our hotel (Hilton) managed to find us tickets after 4 online companies were unable to (thank you Antonio!) and he booked us with... 
    We were in Milan for the first time and only for 3 days. Antonio at our hotel (Hilton) managed to find us tickets after 4 online companies were unable to (thank you Antonio!) and he booked us with...  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)

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