The day finally came… I woke up, went to work and got on my computer. We were only going to be in Milan for two days so I didn’t have much to work with. I selected the first day we would be in Milan, sold out! I guess I should have set my alarm to wake me up with the rest of Europe! I was already behind living in the States. I selected the second day we would be in Milan and only 3 times slots were available. Hey that’s better than nothing. You only get to spend 15 minutes with the famous mural and only 30 visitors are allowed per tour.
Since we would be coming in from Florence that day and I didn’t want to leave Florence too early, I selected the latest time slot available, 3:30 PM. I selected two adults tickets and one child (which I think was free or heavily discounted) and proceeded to check out. Half way through this process, the website switched from English to Italian and I had no clue what I was doing and I didn’t know how to switch it back. I was almost done checking out when I got an alert that said I needed to also purchase guided tours with our tickets. I only knew this because I copied the message into Google Translate. After adding the guided tours and somehow paying, I finally received a confirmation email… in Italian. I told Lyndon that there might be a chance I didn’t do it right just to cover my bases.
The day finally came, our last full day in Italy. Our train arrived in Milan, we dropped off our bags at the hotel and immediately hopped into a taxi to the Santa Maria delle Grazie. I had all my confirmation emails printed out just in case there was an issue with our tickets. At this point, I still wasn’t 100% sure we actually had tickets. We arrived at the ticket office and… we got our tickets! Sigh, now time to enjoy this amazing piece of art (and history).
When it was our turn to see the mural, we had to enter through a series of doors. The front door couldn’t open until the back one closed. The mural is super delicate and any help in keeping the elements and humidity out is a must. I have to say The Last Supper is super impressive. Even though a lot of critics are not fans of the most recent restoration efforts, citing that the colors and tones were drastically changed, it is still a beautiful piece of art. If you are ever in Milan, The Last Supper is a must see!
Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie
20123 Milano, Italy
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