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Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

Via Brera 28, Milan, 20121

The Basics

Housed in the baroque 17th-century Palazzo di Brera, the Pinacoteca di Brera has grand interiors and a lovely neoclassical cloister, and a visit to its stellar collection is a must for any art enthusiast. The museum's headliner is The Lamentation of Christ by Andrea Mantegna, a Mannerist gem. The surrounding Brera district, a charming maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and cafés near the Duomo in the city center, is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Milan. Join a walking tour of Brera that includes skip-the-line tickets to the Pinacoteca di Brera to explore both the neighborhood and its most famous attraction. Brera is also a great place to experience Milan’s excellent food and wine scene, so consider joining a small-group food walking tour that has a gastronomic bent.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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Great tour and guide
Stephen_B, Oct 2021
Brera district & Pinacoteca 2-hours guided experience with entrance tickets included
Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. Great museum experience too - not too big and some great works.
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We purchased this tour...
Alfred_L, Sep 2021
Brera district & Pinacoteca 2-hours guided experience with entrance tickets included
We purchased this tour through Viator to have a better experience on a visit to Pinacoteca museum. Out tour guide gave us a brief tour on Brera district, and guides arts in the museum. She was very knowledgeable and explained clearly. Especially she took time to go through all of the must-see art pieces in depth. She made our museum visit wonderful. We definitely recommend anyone to hire Viator.
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Art History at it's best!
Edgar S, May 2019
Brera district & Pinacoteca 2-hours guided experience with entrance tickets included
Our guide(Fatima?) was very knowledgeable and friendly. She met us promptly, there were just the 2 of us. The Brera Gallery is a Wonderful place to study the various art forms throughout history. Our guide took us through the Early Christian and Medieval periods right up to the 20th century. She gave her presentation with regard to items we were most interested in seeing. Caravaggio painting for my wife, for example. The Brera District tour was interesting as well.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Flash photography isn’t allowed inside the Brera Pinacoteca, but the surround neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city, so bring your camera anyway.

  • A visit of the museum and tour of Brera requires a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • The Pinacoteca is accessible to people with limited mobility via an entrance with an elevator, which is located at Via Fiori Oscuri, 2.

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How to Get There

The Pinacoteca di Brera is right in the center of Milan, an easy walk north from the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Otherwise, the nearest metro stops are Lanza (M2 line), Montenapoleone (M3 line), and Cairoli (M1 line).

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

Try to avoid visiting the first Sunday of the month, when the Pinacoteca is free to enter—and therefore very crowded. Better to visit on a weekday morning (Tuesday through Sunday; the gallery is closed on Mondays) and take the afternoon to explore the surrounding neighborhood.

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Milan’s Food and Wine Scene

You may be surprised to discover that the cosmopolitan city of Milan is known for more than just fashion. This northern Italian capital also has a thriving food and wine scene that features both traditional dishes rooted in the area’s history and up-and-coming contemporary cuisine, especially in Brera. Take a food or wine walking tour through the neighborhood, and experience the city’s gourmet side for yourself.

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