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Visiting Milano will make you discover not only the city of Fashion but one of the places where Leonardo da Vinci lived.

This daily tour is perfect for those who want to know more about the private and artistic life of Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian genius of Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest painters in the history of art, also he was a scientist and inventor.

Our guide will reveal secrets and tidbits about his private life and try to make light on Da Vinci’s obscure life. Leonardo was famous for being very grumpy and misanthropic. During his life, Leonardo developed close relationships with his male students and one of his biggest stories, lasting almost 20 years, was with a “curly-haired youth” named Gian Giacomo de Caprotti also known as Salai (Lamb of Satan) due to his misbehaviour.

The day tour starts visiting the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana where The Atlantic Code, a twelve-volume collection with 1,119 pages of drawings and writings is kept. Here you will be able to see a lot of artwork and the sketches that Leonardo did for his inventions. Most of them were the base for the technology that we use nowadays. During the tour you will be able to see the painting “ritratto di musico” by Leonardo da Vinci and the “Canestra di frutta” by Caravaggio.

The Ambrosiana Gallery is now a scientific community, promoting intercultural exchange and dialogue, since 1600. Its strong identity is meant to boost ‘contamination’ in several fields of knowledge and share them to the audience. Beyond an astonishing Leonardo’s portrait of Salai, here is the Atlantic Codex, a collection of more than 1119 notes, drawings and research concerning mathematics, astronomy, optics, fables and food recipes, pictures of water pumps, war machines and parachutes. The Atlantic Codex is well conserved here since 1637, as the Ambrosiana Library was one of the first public libraries in Europe.

When Leonardo arrived in Milan he started to design military equipment for the Duke, Ludovico Sforza. His biggest creation at the Sforza Castle, residence of the Duke, was the ‘Sala delle Asse’, a project painting an astonishing ceiling. He also organized some events at the castle, using the machines he invented. The beauty of the scenery he created, left all the guests astonished.

The most important moment is when you visit ‘The Last Supper’, the mysterious fresco which Dan Brown’s Bestseller “The Da Vinci Code” talks about. This mural, situated at the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie, is one of Leonardo’s biggest art works not only due to the tecniques but also for its psychological depth. Here you will see that Leonardo skillfully uses shadow and light to show the characters and what they represented.

Near the Last Supper Refectory, Leonardo  lived in his house, now called the Atellani’s House. It was a gift by Ludovico Il Moro, his patron in Milan, as well as a small vineyard, which Leonardo cultivated with a vine called ‘Aromatic Candia Malvasia’ The house was restored in 1920, as well as the original vineyard which now enriches the beautiful garden at the Atellani’s House.

Departure:
Milan

Places You’ll See

Sforza Castle
Ambrosiana Gallery
Atellani’s House

Itinerary

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What's Included

Escorted Tour
Professional gay-friendly guide
Ticketing

What's Excluded

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Personal extras
Tips

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTELast Supper and Leonardo's vineyard are on request;

 

 

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Ian
Ian
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My husband and I booked the tour of the “Vatican in a gay light” for one morning during our trip to Rome. Our guide, Dario, was very knowledgeable of the historical significe of the art works as well as many of the anecdotes that provided context. We learned a great deal and truly enjoyed ourselves. This tour is too notch! Thank you.
Matt Berg
Matt Berg
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Excellent pre-cruise Quiiky tour in Venice. Great guide who had so much intimate knowledge of Venice. Besides being very handsome he is a local resident for more than 2 decades with so much intimate knowledge that you can’t get from a guidebook. This is my second time using Quiiky for tours and transfers; they’re my first choice in Italy!
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First I would like to thank you and your company and all involved for a wonderful trip. From beginning to end we continued to be amazed by all the wonder service we received from all of you. We had a fabulous time for our anniversary. All the guides were great and all better than we expected. It is hard to pick a best as they were all awesome, that being said, three stand out for being most personable and had a excellent sense of how to move us along our tours. Quiiky gets 5 out of 5 for all other ratings. Yes, we would positively reccommend for anyone considering travel to Italy. AND, Giovanna, you’re the best.
 John Bindlechner-Wigan
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We adored our Quikky tour of the Vatican with our guide Claudio. We had been a little apprehensive about visiting the Vatican but this tour is the way to go! Claudio had an expert knowledge of the art collection and we enjoyed hearing the "other", more scandalous stories of the private lives of Michelangelo and the popes. We loved our visit to the museums, Sistine Chapel, grotto and St Peters - I recommend joining the queue and adding on the view from the dome of the basilica - well worth the stairs!
Denis Dallaire
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The excursion to Capri was great! The headphone system worked really well and the guide Andrea was super nice and fun! He was a really good guide and would not hesitate to have him again. The food and drink offerings were very good. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Oliver Broad
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Thanks for a great alternative tour of the Vatican. Having visited back in 1999 I wanted something a little different to do with my husband who had never visited before. It is great to see Quiiky offering tours with a twist and can most definitely recommend this one for your next visit to Rome.
Greg Brady
Greg Brady
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First had a wonderful pre-cruise Quikky tour in Venice. Our guide was super friendly, knowledgeable, and a great deal of fun. Then I went on a tour of the Vatican and our tour guide was incredible. He is an expert on the Vatican and on the pertinent gay history (which turns out to be much more than you might even think). He literally made the Vatican come alive and provided one of the more fascinating tours I have taken anywhere. And the two wonderful owners of Quiiky picked us up and took us on a vehicular tour of Rome. Others got back from Rome complaining of the crowds and the heat... we got back energized, happy, and filled with fascinating information after an afternoon filled with fun and personalized care. Don't make the mistake thinking you will get an equivalent tour from a straight guide/company -- if you are gay, Quiiky is the way to go.
Auston Matta
Auston Matta
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I highly recommend Quiiky Travel for any guided visit to Rome or Italy. I was both surprised and entertained by everything GAY I learned about the Vatican on my tour. They are passionate about providing an excellent travel experience and I have no doubt that you would enjoy one of their tours or travel products.
Denis Dallaire
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What a wonderful experience to Messina and Taormina. Antonio was a great guide with good knowledge and history-telling. Really enjoyed the history of the museum Cusena. Again the food and drinks on the boat were very good. Thank you so much!
Santiago Stanley
Santiago Stanley
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Our excursion to Messina and Taormina today was excellent. Antonio was amazing. Our food experience was on point … starting with the granita and Brioche in Messina and the arancini and cannoli in Taormina!!! The boat trip around the bays was spectacular and the food again!!! Eggplant Parmesan and the sardine dish and olives… Again Antonio was patient , knowledgeable sweet and always on time!! Excellent experience!!!
Adam Martindale
Adam Martindale
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We had a fantastic tour of the Vatican with Paolo from Quiiky. Paolo was knowledgeable, personable, fun and really gave us a different insight into the history of art and the gay artists that are part of the Vatican’s history and more! Highly recommended!
Theron Clark Stuart
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It was easy to schedule our tour. Everything was explained in great detail, so there was no confusion on the day of the excursion. The vans were spotless and comfortable. Our guide for the Colosseum was exceptional in every way. He was cute, knowledgeable, witty, flexible and engaging. We met so wonderful folks and shared a wonderful lunch with the guys from our group. Could not have been happier with Quiiky.
Curtis Korchinsky
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Fantastic company to work with. Very easy and simple…..and good value. Will definitely book with them again!
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