Thanks to the “Leonardo Pact,” More Visitors Might Be Allowed into the Last Supper in Milan

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The popular site will hopefully open its doors to larger groups in 2019, but in the meantime Select Italy tells us how to get guaranteed entrance tickets.

Tickets to see The Last Supper are not the easiest to secure [...] but due to Select Italy's special relationship with the museum, we have access to tickets even five to six months out from the reserved ticket date.

Thousands of visitors travel to Milan just to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s renowned Last Supper, and booking an entrance ticket can be daunting due to the high demand and the limited supply of tickets. With Select Italy (http://selectitaly.com), a boutique travel company, travelers can purchase tickets to view the masterpiece in a package that includes a Select Italy gift certificate valued at $5.00.

“Tickets to see The Last Supper are not the easiest to secure. The museum itself only releases tickets a few months in advance, but due to Select Italy's special relationship with the museum, we have access to tickets even five to six months out from the reserved ticket date,” says Glenda Janssen, Operations Associate. ”Therefore, travelers who don’t want to miss the chance to see one of the world's most famous works of art will be able to plan their visit and book their tickets far in advance relying on our guaranteed entrance tickets.”

The masterpiece is displayed in a moisture-monitored environment that is protected by a sophisticated air filtration system, and visitors must pass through dust-filtering chambers before they reach the painting. The delicate nature of the fresco makes these measures absolutely necessary to prevent further deterioration of the art piece, therefore the number of visitors cannot exceed a certain amount per day.

The museum currently allows 25 people at once in the room, and for a maximum of 15 minutes. But in an attempt to increase the number of visitors in the future, the commune of Milan is promoting the “Patto per Leonardo” (“Leonardo Pact”) initiative. In 2019, exactly 500 years from the death of the master Leonardo Da Vinci in 1519, the city of Milan will unveil a new arrangement which will allow 80 visitors to enter the Last Supper at once.

A notable team of experts in the fields of chemistry, physics and history of art has come together to lay out a system which will exponentially enhance the level of air purification in the site, thus allowing more people to enter the room without compromising the masterpiece. Cesare Joppolo, physicist who constructed the Mona Lisa’s display case in the Louvre, Ezio Bolzacchini, chemistry professor at Bicocca University, and Federico Bucci, professor of Contemporary Architecture at the Polytechnic (milano.repubblica.it), are leading the research team in charge of the renovations of the museum.

The team's goal is to create an ideal environment on site at the Last Supper by 2019, facilitating a greater number of daily visitors. Until then travelers will have to try and book in advance, as making reservations on site for these highly sought after tickets is almost impossible. Select Italy shows live availability of guaranteed reservation and entrance tickets for The Last Supper on its website.

The complete portfolio of Italian museum tickets can be found on the company website. For more information about Select Italy’s travel services visit selectitaly.com or send an email to info(at)selectitaly(dot)com

About Select Italy
Select Italy® is The Ultimate Source for Travel to Italy® and offers a wide array of superior Italian travel products and services, including customized itineraries, state-of-the-art tours and packages, wedding/honeymoon trips, unique culinary classes, a complete pre-departure ticketing service for museums and musical events, private guided services, yacht charters, transportation, hotel reservations, villa bookings and more. Through a vast network of suppliers and cultural contacts, anything and everything you need for optimum travel to Italy is possible with Select Italy. Based in Chicago with an office in New York and Shanghai and support staff in Italy, the company has expanded its offerings and travel services to the Balkans with the launch of Select Croatia®.

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