Leonardo da Vinci's Milan - 500th Anniversary Tour

3 nights starting from
£999

  • Leonardo’s “Last Supper” at Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Milan’s imperious Duomo

  • Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Codex Atlanticus notebooks

  • Wonderful galleries – the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Castello Sforzesco and Pinacoteca di Brera, an equal to Florence’s Uffizi

  • Two talks from art historian and Leonardo expert, Andrew Spira

Leonardo da Vinci is widely accepted as one of the greatest artists in history with two of his iconic paintings – the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper – probably two of the best-known works of art in the world. But Leonardo was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. The most active years of his creative life were spent in Milan at the end of the 15th and early 16th centuries and you will explore this legacy in the company of expert art historian, Andrew Spira who will shed light on the life, work and times of one of the world’s most extraordinary geniuses 500 years after his death.

Available Departures

From

02 - December - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 02nd December 2019 at 09:00

Returning: 05th December 2019 at 18:10

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Milan. On arrival transfer to the hotel for check-in. Welcome drink and evening lecture by Andrew Spira, 'As good a painter as any other man,’ followed by dinner with wine at a nearby local restaurant.

Day 2: The Duomo, Ambrosian Library and Last Supper.
Morning visit to the magnificent Duomo di Milano, one of the largest Gothic churches in the world with 135 spires and innumerable statues and gargoyles as well as the cathedral museum. Then to the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, followed by the Basilica of Santa Maria at San Satiro and the Ambrosian Library to see Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus notebooks, the main source of our insights into his extraordinary mind. Afternoon visit to the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio and the Santa Maria delle Grazie which has housed the Last Supper, painted directly onto its plaster, for more than 500 years. Evening lecture by Andrew Spira, ‘Unknown Milan: Treasures of Knowledge and Passion,’ followed by dinner with wine at a nearby local restaurant.

Day 3: Museo Poldo Pezzoli and Pinacoteca di Brera.
Morning visit to the Museo Poldo Pezzoli, which houses a superb collection of Renaissance art. Afternoon visit to the Pinacoteca di Brera, which is on a par with Florence’s Uffizi yet receives far fewer visitors and one of the great art galleries of the world.

Day 4: Castello Sforzesco and home.
Morning visit to the Castello Sforzesco, which houses several museums with excellent art collections and afternoon guided tour of the fascinating Monumental Cemetery. Transfer to Milan airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

Please note that visits on days 2 and 3 are undertaken on foot so there is a considerable amount of walking involved.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Milan 
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Genius Hotel Downtown, Milan, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Two dinners with wine at a local restaurant
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Andrew Spira throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Genius Hotel Downtown
Modern three-star hotel with few frills but very comfortable, well-equipped bedrooms with all modern amenities. Its location is ideal for the tour, located close to the Sforzesco Castle and within 10-15 minutes’ walk of all the sights included on the itinerary.

Genius Hotel Downtown website

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I flew separately, so have left that blank. Ditto - sight seeing tours. Our ciccerone Andrew Spira was knowledgeable and attentive. And patient, poor man. He set a very high standard in his talks. The Italian museum guides were also excellent. The programme was well thought out, with a good balance between art history scholarship and Italian holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Review by Marriner who travelled 21-March-2019


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Review by Bromley who travelled 21-March-2019


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21 passengers. It was a really good tour. We got a splendid introduction to Milan. Andrew is an excellent and enthusiastic lecturer and a splendid tour guide and leader.

Review by De Jong who travelled 04-March-2019


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Review by Mcmullan who travelled 04-March-2019


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