Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan

An itinerary to discover all the artistic, engineering and cultural production of Leonardo da Vinci during his 20 years in Milan. We start from the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Corso Magenta, that treasures Leonardo's masterpiece Last Supper, then we go on to Palazzo delle Stelline to enter the Orti di Leonardo.

We know more and more of the artist and scientist walking from the Sforza Castle to the centre of the city. Alongside the Castle walls we can visit the Brera Art Gallery and then, going south, the Ambrosiana Art Gallery.

Last, but not least, we visit the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”, in via San Vittore, to understand better his genius and timeless intuition that created the engineering and architectural masterpiece that is the Naviglio Grande.

Palazzo delle Stelline (Orti di Leonardo)

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
The now public garden according to tradition was once a vineyard that Ludovico il Moro gave to Leonardo in recognition of the services that he had rendered to the Dukedom.

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
The largest Italy’s science and technology museum is dedicated to the great Tuscan genius. The models in exhibition have been constructed following Leonardo’s drawings. These drawings are projects for machines but also outlines of already existing works, proposals for upgrading or studies of nature. At the Leonardo’s Gallery this collection of models is enriched by a series of drawings on his various interests and an exhibition that focus on his Milanese years.

Pinacoteca di Brera

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
Not to be missed the artworks of famous painters that followed Leonardo's style, such as Bernardino Luini and Cesare Da Sesto.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
The museum boasts the greatest and stunning collection of papers belonging to Leonardo: the exhibition of the drawings from the Atlantic Code. For the occasion are now open to the public the Leonardi Hall, with the wonderful fresco by Luini and the new exhibition of the Ritratto di Musico (Portrait of a musician) by Leonardo, the Federiciana Hall and the Peristilio, a 17th century building where are exhibited other Leonardo’s works, like the knots and the portrait of Leonardo drawn by one of his disciples. It is possible also to see the copy of the Last Supper by Vespino.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
In front of the Hippodrome of Milan there is a large bronze statue of a horse, inspired by the drawings of Leonardo, that was willing to make the largest equestrian statue in the world. The work was placed here in 1999 on a granite and marble structure. Visitors can admire it against the splendid backdrop of the Art Nouveau architecture of the Hippodrome.

Monument to Leonardo da Vinci

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
In Piazza della Scala, in front of the international temple of bel canto, is displayed the statue that portrays the Italian Renaissance genius. The statue is made of white Carrara marble, whilst granite from Baveno was used for the base.

Castello Sforzesco

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
It is possible to see here two of the most important artistic and engineering creations by Leonardo: the great fresco on the vault of the Sala delle Asse and the Codice Trivulziano, dedicated to war and religious architecture.

Cenacolo Vinciano - The Last Supper

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
One of the most important religious masterpieces of the Renaissance, today is part of the world collective immagination. Leonardo worked on the Last Supper fresco from 1496 to 1498. It was commissioned by Ludovico il Moro.

"Atlantic Code" by Leonardo da Vinci

Following Leonardo's Footsteps In Milan
The “Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana”, the Cardinale Federico Borromeo Foundation, the Municipality of Milan and Expo 2015 will display for the first time to the general public an absolutely extraordinary and unique project: the "Atlantic Code" by Leonardo da Vinci.

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