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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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Centro Storico
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Address: Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
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+39 390 280 6921
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in...

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which he had founded in 1607. Inside the Pinacoteca's expositive path, articulated in 24 rooms, we can admire some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael , the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. In addition to Renaissance artworks, the museum's collections include paintings by important 17th century Lombard artists (like Morazzone, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Daniele Crespi and Carlo Francesco Nuvolone) as well as 18th century artists like Giandomenico Tiepolo, Fra' Galgario, Francesco Londonio, and also a notable cluster of 19th and early 20th centuries authors like Andrea Appiani, Francesco Hayez and Emilio Longoni. Walking from a room to another you can also discover a series of genuine curiosities, like the gloves that Napoleon wore at Waterloo, the armillary spheres from the Settala Collection, or the case that keeps a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, in front of which many famous poets like Gabriele D'Annunzio and Lord Byron came to take inspiration. The ideal end of the visit is the Biblioteca Ambrosiana's old 17th century reading room, the Federiciana Room, which is the frame for the Codex Atlanticus exhibition.

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Can't miss gem off the beaten path

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is a beautiful and unique gem hidden just off the beaten path of Milan tourist attractions, and you shouldn't miss it! While it starts off like an... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is a beautiful and unique gem hidden just off the beaten path of Milan tourist attractions, and you shouldn't miss it! While it starts off like an ordinary art museum with paintings and statues, you soon find yourself in beautifully preserved Borromeo rooms filled with artifacts, a stunning mosaic staircase, and your visit culminates in a massive... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This gallery has a superb collection of old masters - several Tinterettos , Raphael, Botticellis and of course Caravaggio. Unfortunately the presentation of the pictures is rather dated. and needs to be brightened up.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had visited other art galleries in Milan on our recent trip. Each of these gave us a good experience, from repositories for our bags , clean and functioning washroom facilities. More important easy and informed access and information. Whilst the staff were friendly the whole place lacked lustre and was a disappointment. We even had to leave by a... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The collections here are beautifully displayed, and the villa/building itself is a work of art. I enjoyed paintings, sculptures, statues, the courtyard, the miniatures, ceramics, stained glass - AND you get to wrap it up with a visit to a Leonardo painting and a beautiful library display of some of the Codex pages. (There are 402 pages in the collection;... More 

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For history and art lovers. Amazing collection with much to see and learn. Beautiful paintings, interior, sculptures.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderul art collection and library. Not many visitors, so very relaxing. Some outstanding paintings.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to visit that museum to see some of Leonardos work. It is a nice museum but with little handcrafts from Leonardo. We payed 15€ per Person without an audio guide. This is really expensive.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited to view the Leonardo Codex however very dissapointed how little is on display. The shop however sells pictures and so on of his sketches not displayed. Rather than display the 'famous' tanks or such drawings they display predominantly written text from the codex with limited drawings or designs. However, Leonardo's Portarait of a Musician was on display and I... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places, and I visit it each time I'm in Milan. Besides Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus and Young Musician, it contains the full-size cartoon (drawing) done by Raphael of the School of Athens, although it was being restored, in the room where it is displayed and you can see a bit of it, as it is... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot to see here, only you cant take pictures. My favorite - a strand of Lucretia Borgia's hair. There is three floors. If you must use the toilet, go before starting the tour, it is too complicatet to get back after.

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