The Milanese Renaissance in 3 steps

Raphael's carton at Piancoteca Ambrosiana
Raphael's carton at Piancoteca Ambrosiana
Would you like to dive into a Milanese Renaissance-like atmosphere? Today, you can visit three landmarks of that period, located in an area covering a few square kilometres.

Our Renaissance tour begins ideally in Corso Magenta, with Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, housed in the former refectory of the convent lying adjacent to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.


From here, after a pleasant 10-minute walk amongst historic buildings, the tour takes you to the Sforza Castle, where you can admire the “Pietà Rondanini”, Michelangelo Buonarroti’s last and unfinished sculpture.


After this, head towards Piazza Pio XI, home to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Here, you’ll have a chance to view Raphael’s recently restored preparatory cartoon for the School of Athens (the actual fresco is housed in the Vatican), which is the world’s largest surviving Renaissance cartoon, entirely hand-drawn by the famous artist.


All Renaissance art lovers can’t surely miss these three masterpieces!