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The Refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie houses what is certainly the most famous work of art in Milan: Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". Every year it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, who paus to contemplate and admire the work of one of the greatest geniuses in History. They have every reason to do so, for this masterpiece faces an uncertain future. The glory of Leonardo tends to eclipse the other cultural offerings that the city boasts. The museums proper, which greatly deserve to be included in your tour, are the art galleries Pinacoteca di Brera and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Via Manzoni. With the museums' classical layout, the route of the visit follows a succession of rooms, leading you to many inestimably precious works of art, set in the historical quarters that have been the world of the Milanese elites. Names such as Raphael, Pollaiolo, Mantegna, Caravaggio or Boccioni provide an interesting connection with the city of business; over the centuries many artists have found in Milan the right patrons to help them express their talent and, even more difficult, have given painters, sculptors and decorators the means to live off their work. It is worth remembering that for the whole XIX century Milan was the favourite destination not only of figurative artists but also of composers, musicians and opera singers, who made their fortune at the Teatro alla Scala: Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini as well as the star performers of every age have seen their melodramas triumph on the famous stage. A glance at the Museo del Teatro alla Scala will not disappoint opera buffs and scenic-design enthusiasts, as some of the models exhibited are like magic boxes that allow you to see what is going on inside. Finally, literature lovers will be happy to hunt for Manzoni connections in the city and thus will be drawn to the great author's home and the annexed museum in Via Morone, which often hosts cycles of debates and lectures. During the XX century and even more with the new millennium, Milan too has accepted the challenges set by the advent of the new technologies, with computer science in first place, and by the development of an original teaching methodology of learning. In other words, the museum structures have moved forward, favouring interactive sensory exploration using all the senses and making the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The clearest examples are the Museum of Science and Technology, the Museum of Natural History and the exhibitions held in the Palazzo della Triennale. In the first two centres you can watch scientific experiments and electronic displays that finally allow you to understand the reasons for some of the phenomena you encounter every day and to gain a practical as well as a theoretical understanding of them. The Palazzo della Triennale, on the other hand, focuses on design and contemporary art (so don't miss the PAC!) and on fashion, both industries of which Milan is the recognised capital. Non-sequential routes, interactivity and play make visits to Milan museums even more special.

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20123 Milan, Italy

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