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As of October 1, 2023, the Casa degli Atellani Museum with La Vigna di Leonardo will no longer be accessible to visitors.
Just a short distance from the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo painted “The Last Supper”, La Vigna di Leonardo is an unmissable landmark for those who love the history of Milan. This is one of the locations frequented by Leonardo da Vinci, an unknown piece of history, imbued with mystery.
In 1482 Leonardo da Vinci moved to Milan during the Ludovico il Moro’s rule (at that time both were 30 years old). In 1495, Ludovico commissioned Leonardo to paint the “Last Supper” in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie and in 1498 he granted Leonardo the ownership of a vineyard of about 16 rows in the gardens of the Casa degli Atellani. Partly renovated in 1920 by architect Piero Portaluppi, who lived here, Casa degli Atellani is an historical palazzo, the only building in corso Magenta that still retains its Renaissance appearance intact. Numerous frescoes are still visible such as, for example, those housed in the Zodiac Hall, also featuring exquisite mosaic flooring adorned with planets and signs of the zodiac which Portaluppi redesigned to match the frescoes on the walls.
Leonardo’s Vineyard is reborn in 2015, in occasion of the 2015 Expo, when from the living biological residues of the original vineyard, scientific research led to the replanting of Malvasia di Candia Aromatica (Leonardo’s vine).
The Museum tour is divided into nine designated areas, between the courtyards of Portaluppi, the Zodiac Hall, the Luini Hall, Ettore Conti’s studio, the Staircase Hall, the Garden of Earthly Delights – the novellas of Matteo Bandello and Leonardo’s Vineyard.
The tour is enhanced by audio guide commentary and descriptive panels located along the way (10 euro). Audio guides are available in 5 languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) and it’s possible to visit with staggered, 40-minute entrances. Lasting for roughly 50 minutes, the guided tour of La Vigna di Leonardo also includes the interior rooms of Casa degli Atellani (20 euro).