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Sforza Castle and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Private Guided Tour

Private Guide and Tickets Milan Ambrosiana and Sforza Castle
Duration 3 hours
Walking Tours
No: Mon. and Wed.

Private walking tour with your expert guide in a tour around the world of Leonardo in Milan, life and works. In the footsteps of Leonardo in Milan visiting the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Sforza Castle.

A tour that allows to discover the most important traces of the presence of Leonardo in Milan, where he worked and lived for more than 25 years.

With your expert guide you will visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Art Gallery that was founded by Cardinal Federigo Borromeo in 1618 where you will find one of the most important traces of the presence of Leonardo in Milan.

The Ambrosiana contains precious paintings of important artists, such as Tiziano and Raffaello as well as the great legacy of Leonardo: The Leonardo Atlanticus Codex that is the largest collection in the world of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Your tour include a visit of the Sforza Castle, one of the most famous monuments in Milan, the Castello Sforzesco is a medieval fortress built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan.
Learn by your expert guide about its fascinating history, the destruction it has suffered and its reconstructions, from the Middle Ages to the present day, which houses museums displaying countless works of art by the likes of Tiepolo, Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Leonardo da Vinci.

On the ground floor there is a large room (Sala delle Asse) - actually closed - decorated with vegetal motifs across the ceiling and around the central coat of arms of Ludovico Sforza.
It is a room with walls and ceiling painted by Leonardo when Ludovico Sforza asked him (1498) to decorate this room representing the important setting where Sforza family welcomed their guests and ambassadors.


- Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with Leonardo's Atlantic Codex
- Sforza Castle
- Private guided walking tour
- Morning or Afternoon tour




3 hours

Start Time Private Guided Walking Tour:
Morning Tour or Afternoon Tour
- this is a private tour and you can require whatever start time you like.

Meeting Point:
At the lobby of your Hotel in Milan center or to decide at confirmation

- Personal expert and licensed guide
- Sforza Castle  Museums tickets
- Pinacoteca Ambrosiana tickets

Gratuities (optional),
Admission fees to further churches and museums

More of 6 persons rates on request.


  • What is the history of Ambrosiana?

The Ambrosiana is a historic library and cultural institution located in Milan, Italy. It is named after Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan, and has a rich history dating back to the late 16th century. Here is an overview of the history of the Ambrosiana:

1. Foundation: The Ambrosiana was founded in 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, a prominent figure in the Catholic Church and a cousin of Saint Charles Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan. Cardinal Borromeo envisioned the Ambrosiana as a center for culture, learning, and the arts, with a particular focus on promoting education and scholarship in Milan.

2. Collections: The Ambrosiana's collections were built upon the private library of Cardinal Borromeo, which he generously donated to the institution. Over the centuries, the Ambrosiana has acquired numerous important manuscripts, artworks, and artifacts, including ancient papyri, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, drawings, prints, and paintings.

3. Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus: One of the Ambrosiana's most prized possessions is the Codex Atlanticus, a collection of writings and drawings by the Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex Atlanticus is one of the largest collections of Leonardo's manuscripts and contains a wealth of information on subjects ranging from art and engineering to philosophy and science.

4. Art Gallery: In addition to its library holdings, the Ambrosiana also houses an art gallery with a notable collection of paintings by Italian masters such as Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian. The gallery's collection includes iconic works such as Caravaggio's "Basket of Fruit" and Raphael's "School of Athens" sketch.

5. Architectural Gem: The Ambrosiana is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building designed by architect Francesco Maria Richini in the early 17th century. The building's architecture reflects the Renaissance ideals of harmony, proportion, and symmetry and is considered one of Milan's architectural gems.

6. Cultural Legacy: Over the centuries, the Ambrosiana has played a significant role in promoting culture, scholarship, and the arts in Milan and beyond. It has served as a center for intellectual exchange and has attracted scholars, artists, and visitors from around the world. Today, the Ambrosiana continues to fulfill its mission as a leading cultural institution, preserving its collections and promoting research and education in the humanities.

Overall, the Ambrosiana stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Milan and remains a cherished institution for scholars, art lovers, and visitors alike.



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From 115,17 € per person

Number of Participants Price per Person Total Price
1€ 377,00€ 377,00
2220,00 €€ 440,00
3167,33 €€ 502,00
4141,25 €€ 565,00
5125,60 €€ 628,00
6115,17 €€ 691,00
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