Santa Maria Delle Grazie Tickets

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Opening hours

Open to visitors on weekdays during the following hours: 10.00am-12.55pm and 3.00pm-5.55pm

Evening Vespers held Monday to Friday at 7.00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2.00pm

Viewings of ''The Last Supper'' are held from Tuesday to Sunday during 8.15am-2.45pm and the website offers updated information on admission and ticket sales.

How to get there

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

Most visitors use the Cadorna metro stop. From Milan's central station, take the underground green line to Cadorna and then walk the rest of the way. Inside tip: the No.16 tram, which runs by the Duomo, stops right in front of the church and may be faster and more convenient. If you are uncertain about taking public transportation successfully, you can take a taxi to the vicinity of your destination and then proceed on foot.

FAQ

Can members of the public attend worship services?
Yes. Santa Maria delle Grazie is a working church and part of a Dominican convent. Holy mass is said on Mondays through Saturdays at five scheduled times during the day and early evening. There are special masses on holidays, including Sundays. Check the official website to confirm times.
When was the church originally built?
The Duke of Milan Francesco I Sforza commissioned construction of the Dominican convent and church. Architect Guiniforte Solari designed the convent, which was completed by 1469 - though the building of the church took decades. Duke Ludovico Sforza designated the church to be his family's burial site, and rebuilt the cloister and the apse during 1490.
How did 'The Last Supper' survive during World War II?
During the night on August 15, 1943, the church and convent were hit by an allied aerial bombardment. The wall on which the famous painting hangs had been sandbagged for protection, and this wall was one of a few that survived. Much of the refectory was destroyed and had to be rebuilt after the war ended. Currently, ongoing preservation measures are intended to maintain the painting for centuries to come.
Does Leonardo's painting belong to the church?
No. At the present time, The Last Supper hangs on the right of the square outside the church. It officially belongs to the nation of Italy and is designated a National Museum. The number of visitors per day is restricted to help preserve the integrity of the painting. The best way to make reservations to view 'The Last Supper' is online at the official website for Last Supper ('Cenacolo Vinciano').

Must know before you go

The Cultural Center Alle Grazie
Attached to the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie is the Sacristy of Bramante, the home for the Centro Culturale alle Grazie (Dominican cultural centre). This organisation's mission is to promote human and Christian values, and the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Check out the centre's schedule of events during your stay in Milan, including lectures, scientific conferences, classical music concerts, biblical readings, and book presentations.
The seven chapels
Surrounding the main church are seven square chapels dedicated to the Virgin of Graces. In the 15th century, Milan’s most powerful clans requested patronage of the chapels, and the lasting evidence of this family patronage can be seen today. The Chapel of Santa Caterina now preserves sculptures by Antonello da Messina, and the chapels of the Adoring Virgin and of the Holy Crown feature frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari. Don't miss these historical art works on your visit.
The architecture of Santa Maria delle Grazie
This site is part of the system of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and serves as a tribute to the architecture and spirit of the Italian Renaissance in Northern Italy. Located in the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie and Corso Magenta, the convent and church bring you to the heart of historic Milan. The inside of the church is an excellent example of the Gothic style of the region, with three ships, ribbed vaults and exposed brick walls. The high dome maintains the Gothic style, with the addition of some Romanesque decorative features.

Places nearby

Ristorante Pizzeria Cecco
Close to Santa Maria della Grazie is a decades-old taste of Italy you won't want to miss. Famous for pizza, Ristorante Pizzeria Cecco also offers traditional dishes like risotto with asparagus and sliced salmon. They even have a burger on the menu, with a pasta side dish, of course. This spot is a favorite with locals - always a good sign, and the restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
A major landmark of Milan, this is the oldest active shopping mall in Italy. The building itself is fascinating: a four-story double arcade right in the centre of the city. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III was designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1867 by architect, Giuseppe Mengoni. An extra bonus: if you go for some souvenir shopping, you'll also find yourself right between two other famous sites, the Duomo cathedral and the opera house, Teatro alla Scala.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Brera Art Gallery
This is the main public art gallery in Milan, featuring a large collection of paintings by Italian artists Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael, among others. The gallery can be found in the Palazzo Brera, where you will find several Milanese cultural institutions: the Brera Library, the Astronomic Observatory, the Botanical Garden, the Lombard Institute for Science and Art, and the Academy of Fine Arts. The gallery is closed on Mondays and holidays.
Brera Art Gallery
Brera Art Gallery. Petar Jevtic / Shutterstock.com