Last Supper

Located in the the Dominican monastery Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, the Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings in the world and arguably the most influential work of art ever made.  

Commissioned by the Duke of Milan (and also Leonardo’s patron) Ludovico Sforza, Leonardo began working on the Last Supper painting in 1495 and, as was his manner, worked slowly with long pauses between sessions, until he finished it in 1498.

The Last Supper depicts the last meal of Jesus with his twelve apostles before he was captured and crucified.  Specifically, the painting depicts the next few seconds after the Christ dropped the bombshell that one of his disciples would betray him before sunrise, and all twelve have reacted to the news with different degrees of anger, horror, and shock.

The scene shouldn't be seen as a frozen moment but rather a representation of successive moments.  

Each disciple reacts in a different manner that Leonardo considered fit for that man’s personality, resulting in a complex study of various human emotion, rendered in a deceptively simple composition.

The moment also depicts the birth of the Eucharist, with Jesus reaching for bread and a glass of wine which will become the key symbols of the Christian sacrament, a ritual still performed.

The Last Supper is a failed experiment.

To create this unique painting, Leonardo carried out exhaustive research creating an infinity of preparatory sketches.  
Renaissance masters painted frescoes on wet plaster walls. But Leonardo da Vinci abandoned this traditional technique for several reasons. He wanted to achieve a grander luminosity but also needed much more time than the fresco painting method allowed for, as the painter had to rush to finish his work before the plaster dried.  

After completion, his technique and other environmental factors had contributed to the eventual deterioration of the fresco, which had undergone numerous restorations.

In the ensuing centuries, the painting sustained additional damage. The Last Supper painting has been subject to several restoration attempts which took place in 1726, 1770, 1853, 1903, 1924, 1928 and 1978.

After centuries of maltreatment, the Last Supper underwent an extensive and controversial 20-year restoration which was finally completed in 1999.

Nowadays, Milan's most famous mural has become one of the most visited attractions in the city. Santa Maria Delle Grazie church is open to the public and can be visited year-round. No visit to Milan is complete without a trip to see this priceless work of art.

How much do Last Supper tickets cost?

Last Supper tickets cost 10 € per person + 2 € booking fee.
Discounted tickets cost 7 € for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years of age.

The tickets must be bought in advance as access is limited to a maximum of 25 people at a time. Only 1300 people a day are allowed to visit the Last Supper. Last Supper tickets are based on a 15-minute slot visit.

You can purchase your tickets from the official website, but note that Last Supper tickets sell out very quickly. Book your Last Supper tickets the sooner, the better. However, don’t worry if the tickets are sold out on the official website; many other sites sell last minute tickets. Use TourScanner's search to compare all the deals.

Are guided tours worth it?

Absolutely yes.

Your tickets will be booked by your agent and ready, nothing for you to do but show up. Very often Last Supper tickets are fully booked due to the limited capacity of Santa Maria Delle Grazie church, where the Last Supper is located. Usually, the only way to see the Last Supper painting is by booking a tour with an agency.

Moreover, when you have a local tour guide with you, there is someone to answer all the questions you may have. It’s considerably more helpful to have an expert guide who can explain to you all the things you want to know.

Plus many guided tours include other attractions in Milan – who doesn’t like combos? 🙂

Is there any combined tickets available?

Looking to make the most of your time in Milan? There are combined tickets which include other Milan attractions besides the Last Supper.  
Admire the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church. Spend a day in the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and explore the medieval Sforza Castle. Visit the Milan Duomo with an expert local guide. Enjoy a walking tour and discover Milan downtown.

Take advantage of those combos and save on some of Milan's most popular attractions!How to get there?The Last Supper painting is located in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church. Luckily, getting to Santa Maria delle Grazie is easy!

You may take the red MM1 subway line to the Conciliazione stop or the green MM2 to Cadorna, where you will see directions for the “Cenacolo Vinciano.” From there, follow the Corso Magenta street and head to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church.

The church can also be reached from the Stazione Centrale on the green line, or by a 20-minute walk from the Duomo.

What are the opening hours?

The Last Supper opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15am to 7:00pm.

Entry to the Last Supper Museum is allowed only at fixed times as shown on your reservation. Visitors must arrive on time to be allowed admission.

Visitors must arrive at least 20 minutes before their allocated time of visit.

Please note that the entry to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is free.

What will I see?

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance art and Milan's most famous mural.

Located inside the Santa Maria Delle Grazie,  the painting depicts the moment right after Jesus declares to his twelve apostles that one of them will betray him before sunrise. All twelve reacted to the news with different expressions on each apostle’s face. The Last Supper is a masterful psychological study and one of the world's most iconic images.

The moment also depicts the birth of the Eucharist, with Jesus reaching for bread and a glass of wine which will become the key symbols of the Christian sacrament, a ritual still performed.

Centuries of damage have left the painting in a fragile state despite the 22 years of restoration, which was finally completed in 1999.

Travel tips

  • Book your Last Supper tickets in advance. Tickets must be reserved online and admission is strictly limited to a certain number of people per day. We strongly suggest booking as early as possible to guarantee admittance. The sooner, the better.
  • If tickets are already sold out for your desired date, book a guided tour since the price of the tour includes your ticket. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to admire this masterpiece. There are many guided tours available. Use TourScanner's search to find the tour which fit best your needs.
  • Audioguides are available in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. It cost 2.50€ for one or €4.50€ for 2. They last 15 minutes, the maximum duration time visitors are allowed to stay in the dining hall. This is an excellent option for the ones traveling on a tight budget.
  • The Santa Maria delle Grazie church is a place of worship and a strict dress code must be followed if you wish to see the Last Supper. Shoulder and knees should remain covered by both men and women at all points in time. Shorts, tank tops and short skirts are not allowed. Please dress appropriately.
  • Large suitcases are not permitted inside the church, only small bags are allowed. There are no cloakrooms for storing these items but only free lockers for small items and bottles.