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See the largest collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches and notes, his Codex Atlanticus. The exhibition at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana features pages from da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus dating from 1478-1519. Be amazed by the Pinacoteca's stunning paintings collection, including the iconic Basket of fruit by Caravaggio, the Portrait of a Musician by da Vinci and the cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael.


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Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus Admission in Milan

Bee amazed by Caravaggio's iconic Basket of fruit

Leonardo da Vinci was a meticulous note-taker, giving us an intimate look at the mind of a master with the pages of his  Codex Atlanticus. The entire collection consists of a dozen volumes and more than 1,000 pages spanning more than 40 years, a selection of which is on display in the Sala Federiciana, the ancient reading room of the Ambrosiana Library, now included in the museum’s tour. 

Codex pages on display are changed every few months. The Ambrosiana is also a Pinacoteca, an art gallery, and you can see both the Codex exhibit along with other paintings by great masters, such as Caravaggio’s iconic Basket of Fruit, Raphael’s Cartoon for the School of Athens, Titian’s Adoration of the Magi, and Botticelli’s  Madonna del Padiglione. Give yourself about 1.5 hours to visit this exhibit.

Customer Reviews

joseph f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

' A THRILL We were fascinated by da VINCI'S mind and abundant works . Plus the Bramante and the
Pinacoteca were perfect settings and wonderous themselves.

Nancy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was exceptional and amazing. Enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Nancy, Jane, and Debra from Tulsa, OK USA

PATRICK C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Beautiful buildings and fascinating exhibitions. Close to many other Milan sites.

Ervin Õ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015


Harry D B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

A remarkable exhibit spread over two venues...easy to walk. We were humbled by the genius.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Self directed tour but staff were most helpful and we got to see a lot of art without the crowds.

Tammie P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Despite it being rushed for me and my mom, (on our end) I saw the whole museum in less than two hours. We had walked to the museum, and was a little confusing trying to find the actual da Vinci site. We had found the back of the building first then we had to walk around to the actual front finally locating entrance. I bought an audio with headset for about 3 euros, and they give you a Samsung phone which tells you about each room. The paintings are gorgeous, and the place is pretty big. Bring comfy shoes, and a backpack if you're carrying water and such for all the tours. A sweater would be good just in case. Thank you!

Grace-Edward G

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

A great tour. Short but great experience - got to a lot in a short time.

Robert S

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Leonardo never ceases to inspire

Deborah K

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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