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Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Sights

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

  • Piazza Pio XI 2 Map It
  • Duomo

Updated 04/02/2015

Fodor's Review

Cardinal Federico Borromeo, one of Milan's native saints, founded this picture gallery in 1618 with the addition of his personal art collection to a bequest of books to Italy's first public library. More-recent renovations have reunited the core works of the collection, including such treasures as Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit and Raphael's monumental preparatory drawing (known as a "cartoon") for The School of Athens, which hangs in the Vatican. In addition to works by Lombard artists are paintings by Botticelli, Luini, Titian, and Jan Brueghel. A wealth of charmingly idiosyncratic items on display include 18th-century scientific instruments and gloves worn by Napoléon at Waterloo. Access to the library, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, is limited to researchers who apply for entrance tickets.

Sight Information

Address:

Piazza Pio XI 2, Milan, 20123, Italy

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Phone:

02-806921

Sight Details:

  • €15
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–6; last entrance at 5:15

Updated 04/02/2015

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