Weekend in Italy brings you access to guaranteed Last Supper Tickets - make your Ultima Cena reservations with us. Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art is located in the refectory of the 15th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Visiting regulations due to the fragility of the fresco as well as enormous popularity make it hard to get tickets to see Leonardo's magnum opus. We will make sure you get to see The Last Supper - book your guaranteed Ultima Cena reservations with us, and receive a copy of Pietro Marani's guide book to this great work of art!
Combo ticket for Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper (Cenacolo + guide book Leonardo's Cenacolo: visit the museum and pick up your book at the end of the visit at the bookshop (one copy per each full or reduced price ticket; offer not valid for free tickets).
PLEASE NOTE: You will receive one voucher for the visit of the museum and one voucher to pick up the book. You must print and present both vouchers.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 7 days notice.
IMPORTANT: the availability of tickets is not the same for all the combo packages. If you don't find availability for the desired date for this combo, please check the other combo packages too.
Extensive measures have been taken to protect the Cenacolo fresco from further damage. To ensure that the fresco is kept at room temperature, admission has been restricted to a maximum of 25 visitors at any one time since the 1999 reopening.
You can also add a guide for your visit, available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Please notice the explanation is possible only in one language per each time spot.
IMPORTANT: due to the quantity of requests, your order IS CONFIRMED ONLY AFTER you receive the confirmation voucher, one business day after placing your order.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary and an email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Once confirmed, a visit cannot be modified nor canceled.
Cenacolo Vinciano (The Last Supper)
One of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art is located in the refectory of the 15th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie: Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. The building of the magnificent Renaissance church and the attached refectory were commissioned by Ludovico il Moro in 1463.
Duke Ludovico il Moro chose the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie as the mausoleum for himself and his family. For this purpose, he commissioned architect Donato Bramante with the construction of a monumental chancel topped by a decorated dome. Work on the project began in 1492. Bramante also designed the marble doorway, the old sacristy and the charmingly named small cloister "of the frogs." Lombard Renaissance masters including Butinone, Zenale and Gaudenzio Ferrari decorated the interior with frescoes.
Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned during this time (1494) to create a fresco for the north wall of the refectory. Leonardo completed the work in 1498, one year before the French seized Milan and ended the grandiose funerary projects of Ludovico il Moro. The painting illustrates one of the most intense emotional moments of the New Testament. While the Last Supper is a typical subject chosen for the decoration of many a refectory, Leonardo chose to capture the moment immediately after Christ's announcement that one of his apostles would betray him.
The scene is set in a room with a coffered ceiling whose walls are decorated with tapestries (this portion of the fresco has not been cleaned). Three windows open onto a landscape in the background. Light from a seemingly natural source shines on the scene from the left, allowing Leonardo to reproduce the phenomena that he observed in nature: just as the waves spread in circles when a pebble is dropped in water, so does the effect of Christ's words reach the apostles.
Because of the experimental technique the great master adopted to paint it, Leonardo's Last Supper showed signs of decay soon after its creation. Leonardo chose to use tempera on a gesso base instead of the usual "a buon fresco" method, rendering the paint unstable. Its condition was not improved by continuous attempts to touch it up and consolidate it over the next few centuries.
Fortunately The Last Supper, together with the Crucifixion fresco by Montorfano on the opposite wall survived even the World War II bombings that destroyed the rest of the refectory. The last restoration took over 20 years and was completed in 1999. It succeeded in recovering original parts of Leonardo's masterpiece, and although the fresco is fragmentary, it is finally possible to experience its true beauty.
Full Price Tickets
Reduced Price Tickets
Available only for citizens from the European Union between 18 and 25 years old and European Union teachers (courtesy extended to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).
Free access the first Sunday of every month.
Free Admission (AVAILABLE ONLY through the Museums' Call Center)
> The service fee (pre-sale and online booking fees) as well as the cost for any temporary exhibition are due for all ticket categories and on gratuity days.
> When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked to show a valid I.D. document to prove the price reduction reason. Admission may be denied without it.
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