Milan boasts plenty of superlatives: It's home to one of the world's oldest churches, a renowned opera house, the most fashionable city in Italy, and Da Vinci's The Last Supper. You get to all this and then some on this 3.5-hour tour. Meet your guide near Sforza Castle in central Milan and head off to begin your tour. (The exact route will depend on your departure time.)
First, head to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and feast your eyes on Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, in the sacristy nearby. Widely considered to be among the most famous paintings ever made, The Last Supper is thought to have been completed toward the end of the 15th century. Admire the intricate detailing and aged splendor of this depiction of Jesus’ final meal with his Disciples as your guide talks about the techniques and tales behind it.
Continue onward to explore the Italian city of Milan, where centuries of history and heritage blend seamlessly with cutting edge styles and fashions. Explore the medieval Sforza Castle, an imposing citadel built in the 15th century to accommodate Milan’s lords, ladies and landed gentry.
Visit the famous Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Stand in awe of its striking, Gothic architecture and marvel at the staggering 135 or so spires and 3,200 statues that line its enormous, stone flanks. Listen as your guide shares the cathedral’s rich history before going inside to explore on your own.
Follow your guide to the Teatro alla Scala (La Scala theatre). Considered by many to be the most famous opera house in the world, La Scala has played host to many leading lights including Italy’s own Luciano Pavarotti. Admire the theater’s ornate stage, crystal chandelier and orchestra pit from your vantage point in one of the public boxes (unless there’s a rehearsal or show on). Your entrance ticket provides admission to the theater and museum, which you may like to revisit for a longer period.
No tour of Milan would be complete without taking in some of the city’s finest shopping hot spots — this is the world’s fashion capital! Wander the chic boutiques and luxury stores of the glamorous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade, and admire the many luxurious items on sale.
After 3.5 hours discovering some of Milan’s top attractions, return to Sforza Castle in central Milan where your tour will conclude.