Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica

Where You’ll Find da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’

Milan Must-Do's Published on 10 October 2018

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.

Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica Interior

Inside you’ll find the stunning and ornate interior of the Basilica’s dome.


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!

What’s Close? Porta Garibaldi, Museum of Science and Technology, Teatro alla Scala, Sforza Castle, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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