Getting on/off public transportation, on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; generally flat terrain.
At the hotel.
We will be joined by a local expert who will give us a presentation on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an anatomist, architect, botanist, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, polymath, scientist, and writer who is regarded as one of the greatest artists in history. We will then take public transportation to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. This gallery was established in 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings, and statues to the adjacent Biblioteca Ambrosiana he had founded. Led by an expert, we will admire works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, da Vinci, and more.
At a local restaurant.
We will take public transportation to Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church with Leonardo’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper” in the Cenacolo Vinciano museum. Leonardo painted it around 1495-1498 to decorate the dining room of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This is without a doubt the most famous representation of the Last Supper in art history, in spite of its poor condition due to da Vinci’s experimental technique. The painting was under restoration from 1978 to 1999 but it was not possible to bring it back to its splendor, lost soon after it was completed. Note: Due to preservation concerns, groups are limited to 35 for 15 minutes of viewing. Returning to the hotel, we will board a motorcoach ride to the Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo, one of Milan’s principal cultural centers.
On your own to have what you like.
At the Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo, we will attend a concert. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.