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Ambrosiana Museum and Library (Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana) Tours and Activities

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Ambrosiana Museum and Library (Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana)
Milan’s historic Ambrosiana Museum and Library (Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana) was founded in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. The cardinal donated more than 30,000 books, 15,000 manuscripts, and 12,000 pieces of artwork by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Basics 
The cultural mecca of the Ambrosiana was built to ensure the artists with talent and intellectuals would have a place to train. Today many tours and travelers visit the art gallery and library to experience and understand the importance of art in Italy during the Renaissance. The library famously displays Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus in a permanent exhibition, as well as the love letters of Lucrezia Borgia and the works of Petrarch.

Many Milan city tours include skip-the-line access to Vespino’s famous copy of da Vinci’s The Last Supper. If visiting independently, buy a combination ticket to the Ambrosiana and The Last Supper in advance for the best availability.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ambrosiana Museum and Library is a must-visit for art and art history buffs.
  • Audio guides are available in several languages for a small fee.
  • The library and art gallery are fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and can be independently accessed.

How to Get There
The library is located in the heart of Milan, on Piazza Pio XI. Take the M1 red line or M3 yellow line to the Duomo stop and walk about five minutes. You can also take tram 2 or 3 to the Duomo stop, or tram 12, 14, or 16 to the Orefici-Cantù stop.

When to Get There
The Ambrosiana Museum and Library  is open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed January 1, Easter Sunday, and December 25. The best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when Last Supper tickets are more readily available.

The Legend of Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia Borgia was the Duchess of Ferrara during the late 1400s. A long lock of her golden hair is kept at the Ambrosiana, encased in glass and bronze, and has attracted many writers and poets passing through Milan. Legend has it that on All Souls’ night her ghost wanders the halls of the library in search of her hair. When found, she washes and combs it, which is why it remains silky and shiny to this day.
Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2, Milan 20123, Italy
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Skip the Line: Leonardo da Vinci Walking Tour of Milan Including 'The Last Supper' Ticket

Skip the Line: Leonardo da Vinci Walking Tour of Milan Including 'The Last Supper' Ticket

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Get a close-up view of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic masterpiece, 'The Last Supper' with this exciting guided tour. In addition to your skip-the-line-admission the 'The Last Supper,' see the 'Atlantic Codex,' a 12-volume bound set of drawings and writings by Da Vince in the late fifteen and early sixteenth century. Also spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed church, Santa Maria delle Grazie. This tour is a great way to learn about one of the world's greatest artists.
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour

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Traverse the metropolis of Milan and uncover hidden gems with this private tour. Learn the history of this important city and visit a few famous landmarks such as the Duomo, Sforza Castle, Teatro La Scala as well as a few lesser-known spots. View works of art around the city and learn about Milan’s influence in the fashion industry from your private guide.
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Ambrosiana Gallery guided tour & Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus

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The question everyone is asking is how many pages are there in the Atlantic Codex. We will seek an answer to this question during our 1.5-hour journey inside the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. We will try to answer during a guided experience that will make you discover the main rooms of the Pinacoteca: we will discover Leonardo in all its mystery, alongside him with other masterful artists such as Raphael. The Codex Atlanticus, a collection of Leonardo Da Vinci's notes, will be revealed before your eyes. Enjoy this experience and let yourself be surprised by the traces left by Leonardo during his period in Milan.
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Private Milan 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

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Milan Pinacoteca Ambrosiana museum private guided tour

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Come to Milan to visit this important Art gallery, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Art museum. Here in Milan you will admire some masterpieces among the most beautiful paintings you can find inside the italian museums, including the original drawings of Leonardo da Vinci accompanied by an official guide. This is a private guided tour for your group only or only for you if you are a single tourist.
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