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Northern Italy Tours: City Tours

Tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Codex Atlanticus


Exploring Milan's Treasures

Delve into the heart of Milan’s artistic and intellectual heritage with Your Own Italy’s “Tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Codex Atlanticus.” This exclusive experience offers a rare opportunity to explore one of Milan’s most prestigious cultural institutions, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, home to an impressive collection of art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael. The highlight of the tour is the Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of Leonardo’s drawings and writings, showcasing the genius of one of history’s most extraordinary minds.

Exploring Milan’s Treasures

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: Begin your journey through the Ambrosiana, founded in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, to house his collection of art and manuscripts. As you wander through the galleries, your expert guide will highlight key works in the collection, sharing insights into the artists’ lives, their techniques, and the historical context of their creations.

The Codex Atlanticus: Immerse yourself in the world of Leonardo da Vinci with a visit to the Codex Atlanticus exhibit. This remarkable collection spans over 1,100 pages of drawings and notes by Leonardo, covering a wide range of subjects from anatomy and mechanics to art and philosophy. Discover Leonardo’s visionary inventions, his studies of the natural world, and his reflections on human experience, all of which reveal the depth and breadth of his genius.

Highlights of the Collection: In addition to the Codex, admire other notable works in the Ambrosiana, such as Caravaggio’s “Basket of Fruit,” Raphael’s “Cartoon for the School of Athens,” and Botticelli’s “Madonna of the Pavilion.” Each piece contributes to the rich tapestry of the Ambrosiana’s collection, offering a comprehensive overview of Italian art history.

Your Own Italy: Unveiling the Wonders of Milan

Your Own Italy’s “Tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Codex Atlanticus” invites you to explore the intellectual and artistic legacy of Milan. This curated experience is perfect for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone interested in the profound impact of Leonardo da Vinci and other masters on the world of art and science.

Ready to Encounter Milan’s Artistic Genius?

Are you eager to discover the artistic and intellectual treasures of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and delve into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci through the Codex Atlanticus? Contact Your Own Italy to customize your Milanese adventure, ensuring an enriching and memorable journey through the city’s cultural heart.

What's Included

Prepare for an enriching exploration of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a treasure trove of art and knowledge in the heart of Milan. This prestigious institution not only safeguards the Codex Atlanticus, Leonardo da Vinci’s extensive collection of drawings and writings, but also boasts a remarkable permanent collection featuring works by Caravaggio, Raphael, and other masters.

Personal Guide Introduction: Meeting you directly outside your accommodations, your guide will provide personalized insights throughout your visit, making the experience more engaging and informative.

Codex Atlanticus: This cornerstone of the library’s collection encompasses over 1,000 pages of Leonardo da Vinci’s notes and sketches, offering unparalleled insight into the mind of the Renaissance genius. The Codex covers a wide range of topics, from anatomy to mechanics, demonstrating Leonardo’s diverse interests and unparalleled intellect.

Permanent Collection: Beyond the Codex, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana houses an impressive array of paintings by luminaries such as Caravaggio and Raphael. Each piece in the collection tells a unique story, contributing to the rich tapestry of art history preserved within the walls of the Ambrosiana.

This private tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana promises a deep dive into the artistic and intellectual heritage of Milan, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci and other masters. Enjoy the journey through history, art, and innovation, guided by the expertise of your personal guide.


Tips for Your Tour

Respectful Exploration: Many sites hold significant historical and emotional weight; a respectful demeanor is appreciated.
Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking, including on uneven surfaces in historic areas.
Inquisitive Mindset: Bring your questions and curiosity.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.