Mandarin Oriental Milan has partnered with travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent to provide unprecedented access to the da Vinci masterpiece The Last Supper in a bespoke guest experience that offers private views of the artwork, followed by an intimate multicourse dinner for two to four guests within the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie (the customisable package, which can be arranged for preferred dates throughout the year, is priced from £7,400 for two guests).
In honour of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, guests of the hotel can also book: “The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci” (from €1,160 per night), an experience whisking them away to Leonardo’s Vineyard or La Vigna di Leonardo – a plot gifted to him as payment for The Last Supper by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. Here, they will be given rare access to the 12-volume Codex Atlanticus, the largest bound collection of drawings, sketches and notes by da Vinci.
Excursions with half- and full-day itineraries can be privately arranged. These include “Leonardo the Engineer” – which offers an insight into the artist’s most fantastical models and sketches – as well as “Leonardo, his Peers and his Contemporaries”, which takes in masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini in the Sforza Castle, Bramante’s trompe-l’oeil in the Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro and frescoes from the school of Leonardo at the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. For those in search of more local colour, the hotel concierge can also organise a visit to Milan’s trendy Navigli area, around the network of canals designed by da Vinci.