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Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 8:15 am - 7:00 pm

Monday Closed

The Last Supper exhibition is closed on Chrstmas Day, New Years Day and 1st May. Last entry is at 6:00 pm.

How to get there

Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

If you're planning to travel to Santa Maria del Grazie, the simplest way to get there is by underground train. If you're coming from the central railway station (Centrale FS), take the green line (Metropolitana Linea 2) to Cardona then switch to the red line (Metropolitana Linea 1), which will take you one stop further to Conciliazione station. From here, it's only a short walk to the church. Arriving by car is not especially advised as parking can be a challenge in central Milan.

FAQ

Should I book tickets?
Not only should you book tickets, but you have to book tickets. All tickets must be pre-booked and there is no option to buy tickets from the front desk on the day of your visit. Be aware that the Last Supper is an incredibly popular attraction and you should book well ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment. Also, be prompt – arrive at the church at least twenty minutes before your allotted time slot to pick up your ticket. Finally, be prepared that you will only have fifteen minutes to take in the beauty of the painting before the next group is ushered in.
Only fifteen minutes?
Yes, sadly. The fame and wonder of the Last Supper mean that it draws visitors from around the world. It might not sound like a long time, but you'll find that fifteen minutes is just enough time to take in the painting. A great idea is to read up beforehand so that you make the most of your short time with this masterpiece. Knowing who's who and what their expressions signify will enhance your appreciation of the Last Supper.
Are guided tours available?
There are several guided tours that include entry into the Last Supper. However, do be aware that the attraction's pulling power means that even guided tours can become booked, so make sure that you plan ahead and make reservations for your guided tour well before your visit.
Is there anywhere to eat or drink?
There is no café attached to Santa Maria del Grazie, and the church is in a somewhat residential area that's not teeming with bars or restaurants. That said, there are a few great places to visit for a meal after you've digested the Last Supper. Acero Rosso, a fantastic pizza restaurant, is just five minutes walk from Santa Maria. If you're looking for something even more traditional, L'Uccellina offers a wide range of Tuscan delicacies and wines from the region.

Good to know

What is the last supper about?
The Last Supper was painted by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci between 1495 and 1498. It depicts Christ's last supper with his apostles and captures the precise moment when he tells them that he knows one of them will betray him. Some of the apostles look shocked, some look angry and one of them – carrying a small bag that might just contain thirty pieces of silver – looks as though his dastardly plan has just been revealed.
Wear and tear
The Last Supper was painted directly on the wall at Santa Maria del Grazie, meaning that it's almost impossible to move and very difficult to maintain. The effects of humidity impacted the mural early on, and in less than a century, the Last Supper was almost unrecognisable from the bright, colourful painting da Vinci intended. In the 18th century, someone had the clever idea to hang a curtain in front of the painting, but rather than protecting it, the material trapped moisture, worsening the situation. The first attempts at restoring the painting started in 1726, and a full restoration began in 1978, taking over twenty years to complete.
Santa Maria della Grazie
Work on Santa Maria del Grazie was still going on while da Vinci was painting the Last Supper. The church was completed in 1498 and was once home to not one, but two important works of art. The Crowning of Thorns by Italian master Titian hung in the nave of the church until it was looted by French soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. It now hangs in the Louvre museum in Paris.
Santa Maria della Grazie
Santa Maria della Grazie. Georgios Tsichlis / Shutterstock.com

Places nearby

Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) is truly remarkable. The impressive Gothic giant is the third-largest church in the world. From both inside and out (and even on top, as brave visitors are allowed onto the roof), the sheer scale and majesty of this magnificent building are truly breathtaking.
Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral
Sforza Castle
Another grand, fascinating attraction near Santa Maria del Grazie is Sforza Castle. Built in the 15th century, the castle was one of the largest citadels in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. It now houses various museums devoted to musical instruments, wooden sculptures and other artefacts.
Sforza Castle
Sforza Castle. Sergio Monti Photography / Shutterstock.com
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Milan is a shopper's paradise, and there's nowhere more chic to shop than the sumptuous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. High-end boutiques, big-name designers and exclusive brands are all waiting for you.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. pcruciatti / Shutterstock.com