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Codex Atlanticus and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Discover the antique Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, one of the richest art collections in Italy hosting works by Caravaggio, Titian and Durer and the Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo.
Your hearts will miss a beat in front of the glorious Codex, the massive collection of the drawnings, texts and calculations by the hands of Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo’s love for Nature and its observation inspired him incredible and avant garde works as a primitive helicopter, water engineering works and that’s not all.
Leonardo wrote fairy tales, philosophy notes and quick sketches on which he used to work later on.
Just a real expert of Leonardo da Vinci, its life and works can illustrate the magnitude of his genius and the relevance of the Codex in the time of a short visit and we have the right art historian for your clients.
The Last Supper
Getting access to the Last Supper by Leonardo is not an easy job.
Reservations need to be placed long in advance and the schedule is quite strict: no tolerance for late or last time change.
We can arrange a private tour with a guide even out of the ordinary working hours.
Imagine the feeling of pure awesome on your clients’ face: standing in front of the masterpiece of Italian Renaissance with no other ones around. Just them and the Last Supper, just them and the genius of one of the most incredible talent of all the times.
The art historian will make the best of the visit ‘s time telling why Leonard’s Last Supper was and still is such a crack in the history of art and why it is so delicate that the visits are limited and strictly controlled.
A Walk in Leonardo’s vineyards
Ludovico il Moro was enthousiastic of Leonardo’s works.
He went so long as to offer his favorite artist a little vineyard right in front of the Basilica delle Grazie, the church where Leonardo was working at the “Last Supper”.
Leonardo used to spend early evenings there: he would cross the little yard in front of the Basilica delle Grazie brushing off the color powder from his clothes and stop briefly at the portal of the fence running round the vineyard.
He would let his gaze move lazily and leisurely from vine to vine, from grape to grape and finally enter his green oasis to touch the grapes and assess their maturity.
Guess what: long and accurate studies enabled the oenologist to track down the exact vine Leonardo was growing, the Malvasia Aromatica.
Touch the same grapes Leonardo touched and sip a glass of Malvasia Aromatica at the end of the visit to call it a day.
The Crypt of San Sepolcro, the centre of Milan
When Leonardo visited the crypt he wrote in his portfolio (anchorlink to Codice Atlantico) “Here was the centre of Milan”.
Built in 1030 A.D on the cross point between the ancient Roman decumanus (East – West oriented road) and the Roman cardo (North – South oriented road), the crypt still shows the tracks of the original Roman pavement in some areas and scraps of medieval frescoes.
A plunge in the past centuries of Milan and an oasis of spirituality right in the heart of the busy city.
The Navigli, when Milan lived and buzzed with the water tides
Up to the beginning of the industrial period, Milan was a city on the water: many canals crossed the city boroughs and goods were moved along them.
The shining white marble covering the Duomo of Milan, the main cathedral of the city, arrived in blocks along the Naviglio Grande.
The story says each white block had a small but significant writing: UFO, Uso Fabricae Opera Duomo. The acronym meant no tax or fee of any kind would be charged on the marble.
Discover this story and many others while strolling in one of the most vibrant area of Milan.
At dinner with Leonardo da Vinci
The little vineyard of Malvasia Aromatica owned by Leonardo stands on the premises of the antique and prestigious Casa Atellani, the palace Ludovico il Moro gave to Messer Atellani, one of his beloved courtesan.
The family Atellani grew in power and in wealth along the fifteenth century and its palace welcomed the most notable and influential society: parties, celebrations, balls…
Plunge in the Italian Renaissance atmosphere: dine in one of the old quarters of the palace tasting some of the plates who delighted Ludovico Sforza reinterpreted by our chef .
Let her tell you what Leonardo used to taste when invited at dinner by the Lord of Milan.