You wouldn’t expect to find one of the world’s most acclaimed pieces of art (Leonardo’s The Last Supper, of course!) in a place as unknown to tourists as Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica in Milan. However simple in its structure, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, it has a fascinating Gothic interior and a picturesque dome designed by Bramante. You can also stretch your legs in the secretive garden with fountains on the side of the church.
Highlights at Santa Maria delle Grazie
But let’s get to the big guns of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) by Leonardo da Vinci is a huge fresco representing the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. You may have seen it in posters, books, movies and adverts. But only by seeing it in person can you understand its power and see its characters come to life.
We really weren’t kidding about the basilica’s surprising interior, either! Bramante’s dome is an absolute highlight in this humble church.
Time to Explore: About an hour.
Top Tips: Don’t forget Santa Maria is an active church. Mind your dress code and speak with a soft voice!