- A stroll into Brera, the artists’ district of Milan
- Private guided tour of the Brera Picture Gallery
- Masterpieces of the Venetian & Lombard School
- Masterpices from Urbino
- Top 19th century Italian masterpieces
- Stop at the mythical ‘Bar Jamaica’ (on request)
INSIDE BRERA: THE PICTURE GALLERY & AROUND
Our walk inside Brera, the historical artists’ quarter of Milan, begins with Corso Garibaldi and Piazza San Simpliciano, where we stop to admire the splendid façade of the ancient Basilica, one of the four churches founded by St Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan.
The area, closed to the traffic, with its cobblestone floors and the old trams passing by, is dotted with bookshops, art galleries, cafés, boutiques and antiques’ shops. Elegant and informal at the same time.
We soon reach Via Brera, its name derives from the Lombard term ‘braida’, i.e. ‘uncultivated land’, reminding us that this area was once just outside the city walls. It became a monastery in the 14th century.
Acquired later by the Jesuits, that established a college here, Palazzo Brera owes its solid and severe aspect to a 17th century reconstruction. In 1773, with the dissolution of the Jesuit Order, it became State property.
Empress Maria Theresa of Austria transformed it into the seat of important cultural institutions: the Academy of Fine Arts, the Lombard Institute of Sciences & Letters, the Braidense Library, the Astronomical Observatory and the Botanical Garden.
We walk inside the monumental Brera courtyard, where a colossal bronze statue of Napoleon depicted as Mars, designed by the great sculptor Antonio Canova, invites us to discover the treasures in the collection.
At the core of our Inside Brera tour is the visit to the Pinacoteca, the Picture Gallery, born as an initiative of the Napoleonic government in Italy to create a Royal Gallery. It was officially inaugurated in 1809.
With the same intents of the Accademia Galleries in Venice, the collection was to support the training of young students at the pre-existing Academy of Fine Arts, still today located on the ground floor.
Just before the entrance to the Gallery we can ‘peep’ into the awesome
- This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and costs: 270 euro up to 6 people
- Admissions: Brera Gallery 17 euro full price, 12 euros reduced.
- The Brera Picture Gallery is closed on Mondays
- Only private parties.
- For larger parties: please send us an email!
- No shorts and no sleeveless garments.
- Short sleeves and knee-high are ok!
- Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat in summer