Milan - Masterpieces and the City
As the Fashion Capital of Italy, it would only be fitting for Milan to host some of the most time-less and classical masterpieces in the world. The city, underrated for its art collections, is home to some of iconic works of Botticelli and include ‘The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci. The iconic Brera Gallery, houses a collection of some of the most important works by Italian artists.
We visit the Ambrosian Art Gallery, Poldi Pezzoli Museum and discover the stunning frescos in Santa Maria delle Grazie, however the delights of Milan are not limited to insides of buildings, as we explore the city to find architectural styles with some fine examples of Art Nouveau.
- See one of the world's famous paintings 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Exclusive evening visit to the Sforza Castle to view Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietá
- Explore the city of Milan, witnessing inspiring architectural styles and fine art
- Exclusive workshop with a watercolour artist in the gardens of the Brera art gallery
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We arrive in the stylish city of Milan and transfer to our centrally-located hotel. There is time this afternoon to settle in and unwind before taking a stroll through the Piazza Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele before dinner.
Our artistic adventures begin with a visit to The Brera Gallery, one of the world’s foremost collections of Italian art, established within a dazzling 17th-century palace in 1809. Here we immerse ourselves in the glory and richness of such masterpieces as Raphael’s The Marriage of the Virgin, Tintoretto’s Finding of the Body of St Mark, and Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio. A treasure trove of Renaissance splendour.
After lunch in the city, we enjoy a specially-arranged meeting in the Brera Gardens with a local watercolour artist who enlightens us with their insights on life as a modern-day painter in Northern Italy.
We begin our third day by exploring the Ambrosian Art Gallery, where we find a magnificent assortment of paintings and sculpture born from donations as far back as 1618. The first gallery in the world to open to the public, the site is still cherished for its wealth of exhibits from artists such as Da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian and Breughel.
The afternoon we head for the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for a tour and a chance to see one of the world’s most famous paintings: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. This atmospheric site has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status since 1980, and continues to wow all who see it. A simply unmissable encounter with one of the world’s most influential paintings.
This morning we will enjoy a visit to the Novecento museum which houses many important works of the last century including the Fourth Estate by the artist Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo. Here we will have a private demonstration on some of the painting techniques.
Following lunch we enjoy a guided walk through some of Milan’s streets, taking a look at the city’s exceptional architecture, including some fine examples from the Art Nouveau movement.
This evening we are treated to an exclusive private tour at the Sforza Castle where we will see Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietá, the artist’s final sculptural masterpiece.
Our final morning is free for us to spend as we wish. We meet for lunch at a rooftop restaurant in the Piazza del Duomo before visiting the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, an ornate 18th-century “house museum” with rooms showcasing numerous works from the Flemish painters, as well as artists from Northern Italy. Highlights here include portraits from Pollaiolo, Bellini and Hayez.
We then proceed to the airport for our flight home.
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- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
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