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Hidden Secret in Milan: Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard

Who would have known in the middle of Milan, we would come across to a beautiful house with a vineyard that belongs to the great Leonardo da Vinci?

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Nothing excites me more than discovering a secret. When I found about the vineyard before arriving to Milan, I wondered why its not well known like Duomo or Galleria Vittoria Emanuele. Then I learned about its history and understood why.

The Dutchy of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, commissions Leonardo to paint “Last Supper” in 1945. And to pay him pack, Ludovico donates this beautiful vineyard to Leonardo. It was a perfect gift for an exceptional painting.

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Unfortunately, he couldn’t enjoy the vineyard for long. On the summer of 1499, French troops invade Milan and Leonardo moves to Venice.

In 1507, he comes back to Milan but 6 years later he leaves for the second and final time; heading first to Rome and then to France. In his death will, he leaves the vineyard to his lifelong servant, known as “Salai” (“Salai” means “the devil”; apparently the guy was not very liked..).

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Things became dramatic afterwards. “Salai” dies in Milan in 1524; by a bullet shot at him in the vineyard. In 1920, vineyard part disappears due to a fire. And in 1943, the house of the vineyard is severely bombed by the Allies in World War.

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In 2015; when Milan was selected for Expo city, they decided to rebuild the house & vineyard again.

On the same site where it existed more than four centuries, respecting the original layout and grape variety; Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard is reborn.

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This hidden secret is about to be one of the key landmarks of Milan. Buy the tickets – here.

Discover before the flock of tourists.

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“Hidden Secret in Milan: Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard” article first appeared on goodcityguides.co

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