If you’re an art or history fan, then one thing in Milan that you don’t want to miss out on is the masterpiece by the famous Leonardo da Vinci — The Last Supper. As one of the most famous works of art in the world, you’ll want to take advantage of your opportunity to check it out. But buying tickets for it is not the most straightforward process in the world, so we’ve put everything you need to know in this article.

Finding the best place to buy your tickets, how much you’re looking to spend, and some of the most important tips and tricks to keep in mind while looking for tickets and visiting the painting. You’ll find all of that and more as you read on. To cap things off, we’ll give you some ideas of a few other attractions in the area to do before or after checking out the painting.

Where to Buy Tickets for The Last Supper in Milan

The Last Supper

When it comes to seeing The Last Supper, you don’t need to go out of your way to try to find skip-the-line tickets. As you’ll read about in more detail shortly, the number of visitors viewing the painting at once and the amount of time that everyone gets is strictly limited. So no matter what kind of ticket you buy, there won’t be any line that you need to wait in, so that’s a plus!

When you’re looking for tickets to view The Last Supper, you want to book online months in advance using Vivaticket. The Last Supper is known as “Cenacolo Vinciano” in Italian, so that’s what you’ll be looking for when you’re trying to find tickets. Ticket availability and the ability to reserve a date and time are typically released a few months in advance.

So if you’re planning a trip to Italy or Milan specifically, make sure you take into account whether or not you’ll be able to check out The Last Supper if it’s on your list of must-dos. While you’re online purchasing your tickets, you’ll have to make an account with Vivaticket before you’re able to purchase anything. Once you get everything going, just try to find tickets as they become available. They’ll usually sell out rather quickly once they go on sale, so it can be difficult to get them in the first place. 

Make sure you have the name of everyone who will be using the tickets so that the name on the ticket matches the person using it. Remember, entry to seeing the painting is very controlled, and you don’t want there to be a chance that someone in your group is unable to go in!

How Much Do Tickets to The Last Supper Cost?

Tourists viewing the Last Supper painting
posztos / Shutterstock.com

Seeing The Last Supper can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss out on. Even though the time you have to view the painting is strictly limited, those few short minutes that you are allocated to seeing the masterpiece are well worth it. So how much does it cost to book your ticket to see one of da Vinci’s most famous works of art?

Prices will differ depending on if you do a guided tour or self-viewing, but the typical price for a regular ticket to see The Last Summer is just under $21. There’s a surcharge of $2.75 to use a guided tour if you’d like, but it is not necessary to do so. But for $21 per person, you’ll be able to see a glimpse of history that you’ll never forget. 

Things to Keep in Mind While Visiting The Last Supper

View of The Last Supper painting
posztos / Shutterstock.com

By now you know the best ways to get your tickets, and you have an idea of what you can expect to spend when you visit The Last Supper in Milan. Now let’s take a look at two things to consider and keep in mind while checking out the painting: how long you have to see it and everything you need to know about using a guided tour. 

How Long You Have to See The Last Supper

If you’ve never seen The Last Supper before and you’re expecting to have as much time as you need to check it out and take it all in, think again. The number of visitors and the amount of time that everyone is allocated to see the painting is strictly controlled and enforced by gallery workers. You are only given 15 minutes — yes, you read that right! — to check out the painting and take in as many details as possible. 

Not only that, but there are only 30 people allowed in the room at one time, so that’s why it can be difficult to find tickets at a certain time. When admiring a masterpiece such as The Last Supper, 15 minutes will go by very quickly. So make sure you take in as much as possible and spend your time wisely. You don’t want to get to the front and finally catch a glimpse right as you’re being ushered out for the next group.

Guided Tours

Guided tours to see a painting seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? Well, bear with us, there’s a couple of reasons why you might want to join a group guided tour to see The Last Supper. First and foremost, paying for a guided tour ensures you a specific time and date of when you’ll be able to see it. Tours take precedent during their tour time, and you can rest assured knowing you won’t miss out.

Secondly, a guided tour can — and often does — include many other exciting attractions in Milan along the way. So you might be on a tour that sees the Duomo, visits one of the many piazzas, or one of the attractions below before culminating at The Last Supper. This means you can often see quite a few amazing sights and attractions at an affordable cost.

And lastly, some tours give you more time to admire the masterpiece than the short 15 minutes that you would typically have. Some nighttime tours even offer double the normal time limit, giving the tour group members up to 30 minutes to see the painting. So for these reasons, it might be well worth looking into a guided tour to see The Last Supper.

Other Attractions Worth Visiting in Milan

Side view of Milan Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele gallery

Whether you’re staying in Milan itself or just visiting for a day or two during your Italian vacation, there is a lot to see and do! While The Last Supper is one of the highlights of the city and certainly something you don’t want to miss, you should consider adding some other attractions to your itinerary. Here are a few of the main attractions in Milan that you can easily add to your trip to see The Last Supper to truly experience the Milan way of life.

Visit the Iconic San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium Building
Arcansél – stock.adobe.com

No matter if you’re a sports fan or you just want to see an incredible example of Italian architecture and engineering, spend some time visiting the San Siro Stadium. And if you are a sports fan, then visiting this legendary venue may even be on your bucket list, and it’s something you won’t want to miss out on while you’re in Milan.

Home to both AC Milan and Inter Milan, San Siro has hosted some of the most iconic matches in Italian soccer (football) history. So if you’re traveling to Milan on a day that either team has a home game, make sure you check it out. And if you’re in Milan when the two teams face each other, then you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Stroll Through Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione Scenery

If you want to relax after a day of sightseeing and checking out The Last Supper, then consider heading to the Castello Sforzesco and exiting through the back gate. Upon doing so, you will enter into the relaxing grass and endless beauty that the famous Parco Sempione has to offer.

This massive park is nearly 100 acres in size and is one of the most popular outdoor public spaces anywhere in all of Milan. As you venture into the endless green beauty of the park, you will have countless footpaths to choose from and explore. And each path is different from the last, with various sculptures, statues, fountains, and flowers along the way. So if you’re looking for a way to relax and take in the beauty of Milan, there’s no better place to do it than Parco Sempione.

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

Sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci

You may know him as the famous artist who painted The Last Supper, but his work extended well beyond the brush. As one of the most intelligent and innovative scientists and inventors in world history, Leonardo da Vinci is famous for his many creations. And if you’re interested in seeing some of his incredible inventions, then the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science in Technology is a must-do while you’re in Milan.

You will find a plethora of inventions designed and built by da Vinci himself all around you once you step inside. But for some of the items that were never found fully built, scientists and engineers have used his drawings and blueprints to recreate some of this other amazing work. This museum gives you a glimpse into the mind of one of the most brilliant and innovative creators of all time. 

Related Resources