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Northen Italy Tours: City Tours

Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera


Discovering Masterpieces of the Pinacoteca di Brera

Explore the artistic heart of Milan with Your Own Italy’s “Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera.” Nestled in the historic Brera district, the Pinacoteca di Brera is one of Italy’s most prestigious art galleries, housing an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. This exclusive tour offers a deep dive into the works of art that have shaped Italian culture and history. Led by an expert guide, you’ll explore the gallery’s rich collection, featuring works by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian, among others, and gain insights into the artists’ techniques, the stories behind the paintings, and the historical context in which they were created.

Discovering Masterpieces of the Pinacoteca di Brera

Highlights of the Collection: Your tour of the Pinacoteca di Brera will focus on the gallery’s most celebrated works. Admire Raphael’s “The Marriage of the Virgin,” Caravaggio’s “Supper at Emmaus,” and Andrea Mantegna’s “Lamentation of Christ,” among others. Each painting tells a story, not only of its subject but of the era in which it was created and the artist who brought it to life.

Artistic and Historical Context: As you move from room to room, your guide will provide the artistic and historical context for the works on display. Learn about the Renaissance and Baroque periods’ influence on art and society, the evolution of painting techniques, and how the collection reflects Italy’s diverse regional cultures.

The Brera Palace: The Pinacoteca di Brera is housed in the Palazzo Brera, a historic building that also contains the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, the Astronomical Observatory, and the Botanical Garden. Your guide will share insights into the palace’s history and its role in Milan’s cultural and scientific development.

The Brera District: Conclude your tour with a stroll through the Brera district, known for its bohemian atmosphere, charming boutiques, and quaint cafes. This area is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, offering a glimpse into Milan’s contemporary cultural scene.

Your Own Italy: Unveiling the Wonders of Milanese Art

Your Own Italy’s “Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera” offers an intimate exploration of one of Milan’s most esteemed art collections. This experience is designed for art lovers, history buffs, and anyone interested in discovering the beauty and complexity of Italian art.

Ready to Explore the Pinacoteca di Brera?

Are you prepared to delve into the artistic wonders housed within the Pinacoteca di Brera? Contact Your Own Italy to customize your Milanese art tour, and get ready for an enlightening journey through the masterpieces that have shaped the world of art.

What's Included

It sounds like you’re preparing for a captivating visit to the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Milan’s premier art galleries. This museum is not just a repository of art; it’s a historical journey through the evolution of Italian and European art, from medieval times through to the modern era. Your guide will set the stage for this enriching experience right from your accommodations, leading you to the heart of Milan’s artistic legacy.

Meet Your Personal Guide: Starting your day with a personal guide provides a unique opportunity to gain insights and historical context before you embark on your self-guided exploration of the Pinacoteca.

Discover a Wealth of Art: The Pinacoteca di Brera’s collections cover an extensive range of periods and styles, with an emphasis on Italian painting. Notable works include pieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Mantegna, among others.

Historic Venue: The museum itself is a piece of art, housed in a late Baroque building with roots stretching back to a 14th-century monastery. Its history as an educational institution, first under Maria Theresa and later expanded under Napoleon, adds layers of historical significance to your visit.

A Unique Collection: Unlike many other Italian museums born from royal or noble collections, the Pinacoteca di Brera is the result of a deliberate state initiative to foster education and culture, making its collection especially interesting from a historical perspective.

Your exploration of the Pinacoteca di Brera promises not just an immersion into the world of art but also a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical contexts that these works represent. Enjoy the beauty and the stories each piece holds within this remarkable institution.


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.
Take Your Time: With such a rich collection, try not to rush. Spend time with the works that particularly interest you, and don’t feel like you have to see everything in one visit.


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.