Skip the Line Brera Gallery & Neighborhood Tour in Milan

Stroll through Milan's historic neighborhood and visit its palatial art museum with a local guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 2 Reviews · 2.00h · Milan, Italy

Do you know why Brera has a "Street of Bright Flowers" and a "Street of Dark Flowers"? With your English-Speaking Local Guide, learn the hidden secrets of the Brera neighborhood. Head to the Pinacoteca di Brera to see one of Italy's best collections of paintings from Rubens' Last Supper to Caravaggio's Erasmus. From the artisans of Brera's streets to the artists in the Museum, this tour is a great way to experience the culture and history of Milan.

  • Brera Gallery and Neighborhood Small Group Tour
  • Meet Your Guide Outside the Brera Gallery
  • The Immense Collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera
  • Stunning Paintings from Italian Masters
  • Hayez' The Kiss
  • The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ
  • Explore the Brera Neighborhood
  • See the Fashion Houses, Artisans, and Luxury of Brera

Are you looking to discover Milan's coolest neighborhood and explore its most extensive art gallery? Join our local storytelling guides who will lead you through the history, art and culture of Brera. In the Pinacoteca (Painting's Gallery in Italian), see works from the Renaissance to 19th century Romantics. A neighborhood with stories from Napoleon to Giorgio Armani, this tour is sure to be a highlight of your time in Milan.

Milan Brera Gallery & Neighborhood Tour Description

This 2-hour tour includes:

  • Skip the Line Admission to the Brera Gallery

  • Licensed English-Speaking Guide

  • Tour of the Brera Gallery and Brera Neighborhood

  • Maximum Group Size of 15

Meet Your Guide in front of the Brera Gallery

Your day begins outside the entrance of the grand Palazzo Brera. Formerly a palace, religious institution, and Jesuit college, the building now holds the great collection of the Brera Gallery. Your art historian guide will lead you into the courtyard beginning your tour of Milanese art and culture.

Courtyard of the Brera Palace

As you enter the courtyard of the Gallery, see the bronze copy of Canova's Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker. Learn about the controversy of this statue, both the original and this specific copy that was cast in 1811. Sculpted from the cannons of Castel Sant Angelo, these statues angered 19th century leaders from Pope's to Kings. Your expert guide will describe this incredible story in full.

See Paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and a Different Last Supper

Once inside the Brera Gallery see works by Renaissance and Baroque masters. Though the most famous painting of the Last Supper is found across town in the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Da Vinci's is not the only great representation. See the famous Dutchman Peter Paul Rubens' smaller depiction right in the Brera Gallery.

Hayez' The Kiss and the Italian Risorgimento

Inside the Brera Gallery, observe stunning works including Francesco Hayez' The Kiss. This intense painting is one of the best examples of 19th century Romanticism and has great meaning in Italy. The 1859 painting is an important symbol of the Risorgimento spirit that led the Italians to independence from Austria in 1861.

Explore the Streets and Sights of the Brera District

After taking in the majestic collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera, embark on a scenic walking tour through the Brera neighborhood. Home to Milan's rich and famous you may happen upon an Italian celebrity or fashion executive. Stroll through the streets of boutiques, restaurants and Italianate style buildings that make Brera a center of culture and style.

At the end of the tour your guide will provide wonderful recommendations to continue your discovery of Brera and the city of Milan.

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