As our trip to Milan was a rather brief three days we wanted a tour which would provide us with the highlights of what Milan had to offer. This trip is three and a half hours in length, with a combination of coach and walking, at a price of 65€ a head. Not cheap, but it guarantees you entry to see The Last Supper by Leonard da Vinci which is consistently sold out.
You are provided with a receiver pack to hang around your neck and headphone (yep, one not two) for this excursion which means the guide can whisper to the group at some of the sites and you can still hear. Our guide was excellent and highly knowledgable, despite having a nasty cold.
You start off at the Teatro alla Scala (the museum of the famous Scala Opera), and get to enter a box before the history of the Opera is explained and some of the highlights of the collection are pointed out. You then move to the Duomo, which you can explore yourself, and the Castello Sforzesco, but the busy schedule means you don't get to visit any of the five museums contained inside the castle. Lastly you move onto the highlight of the tour for me, which was the visit to The Last Supper. The group size is limited to 30, per 15 minute slot, due to the fragility of the painting. Again, our guide provided an excellent commentary of the history of the masterpiece.
All in all this is best used as an overview trip due to the limited time given to each site. You can then work out what to go back and see in more detail, but an informative tour with friendly staff.
Tickets can be brought directly from Zani Viaggi, or online at www.zaniviaggi.it/livemilano. They also provide other excursions, for example to Lake Como.
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