Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)
Many visitors to Milan are art lovers on the da Vinci trail, while others are readers of Dan Brown following the da Vinci Code route. You can bet both parties will be making their way to Il Cenacolo Vinciano to see Leonardo da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper, or Cenacolo.
The famous wall painting covers the wall of the refectory next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, on the western outskirts of central Milan. The painting dramatically represents the moment when Jesus predicts that one of his Apostles will betray him.
The wall painting has suffered dreadfully over the centuries from the depredations of damp, war and poor restorations. A recent restoration program was completed in 1999, toning down the gaudy colors of previous restorations to more subdued pastels.
You need to book ahead to see The Last Supper; allow 4 or 5 days to confirm your booking, or take a tour.
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is in-between two metro stations: Cadorna Triennale and Conciliazone. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Duomo or a quick taxi ride.