How to get the tickets for museums and exhibitions in Milan and Venice

In this post about where to find  information about how to get the tickets for museums and exhibitions in Milan and Venice, we tried to put together a useful guide, since visiting an important city of art like Milan or Venice can be overwhelming…so many things to do, so many things to see.

Being well organized can help to save time, stress and sometimes also money. Have you just landed in one of these two cities? Well, don’t  panic and follow our tips…easy peasy!

MILAN

Da Vinci Codex Atlanticus

Da Vinci Codex Atlanticus

Probably if you want to see all the museums of the city, you should spend at least a month in Milan, but since we guess you’ll be here for shorter time, have a look at this guide focused on museums and temporary exhibitions, where you can easily choose what to visit depending on your interests.

Yeah we know that leaving Milan without seeing the Last Supper can be frustrating, so in case you really want to admire the masterpiece painted by Leonardo da Vinci buy the tickets in advance through the official website.

Everything  sold out? We know the feeling but consider that there are other masterpieces by Leonardo in Milan like the engaging portrait “The Musician” kept in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana or the collection of his sketches – aka  the Codex Atlanticus – which is split in two parts and visible in the Library of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and in the Sacristy of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Moreover, if you are interested in Leonardo, stay tuned, since in spring will inaugurate the biggest exhibition ever dedicated to the genius of the Italian Renaissance.

Warning: insider tip! Did you know that inside the hall of the Banca Popolare di Milano there’s a reproduction of the Last Supper?

Duomo of Milan

Duomo of Milan

An experience we suggest not to miss is the Skip-the-Line Milan Duomo and Terrace Tour which makes you climb on the rooftop of the Duomo and see the city from above (but not only, since the tour combines also the visit to the interior of the cathedral and the archaeological site downstairs).

VENICE

Venice

Venice

Delicious Venetian cicchetti

Delicious Venetian cicchetti

Italy is a small country and Venice is reachable from Milan in just over 2 hours by train but even if is so close, is a completely different world. Venice is the gate between the West and the East and for centuries has been the most powerful city in the world. The cultural heritage to this city is  enormous. A complete guide to the Venetian cultural offer can be found here.

Well, we know than the  biggest goal for travelers is to find local spots, mix with people living there and don’t feel like tourist and we also know that in Venice seems impossible but, trust us, if you go just around the corner and lose yourself, you can discover magical courtyards and find small places where you can have an ombra de vin (glass of wine in Venetian dialect) and eat some delicious cicchetti at a normal and sometimes even cheap price.

A good guide to find such places can be this one written by two collaborators of Hugo Pratt, a famous Italian and Venetian comic book creator and if you’ll buy it at the enchanting Libreria Acqua Altaconsidered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world – you’ll appreciate it even more.

Ok, now we think that you’ve got everything to make your choices while visiting Milan and Venice and consider that on every first Sunday on the month in Italy all the national museums are free. That means that they will probably be busy, but it can be helpful if you’re travelling on a budget.

Have fun in Italy!